Recently, we invited Scientist’s Warning’s Stuart Scott to provide a top ten list for media partnerships in Canada for a project we are collaborating on. In an effort to provide a GPS for Humanity’s next adventure, Mobilized asked Stuart Scott of Scientists warning to provide a top ten climate actions for the media to encourage.
1) Expose the false narratives
– There are many aspects of the ‘false narrative’ that has been constructed around climate change. I will give here a brief summary of a few. – ‘Carbon offsetting’ is a scam. It is basically the ‘greenwash’ name for a scheme that allows industrialized nations and polluting industries and corporations to continue to do so pretending that their carbon emissions are being taken up in some other part of the world. The ‘offsets’ are often, if not usually, poorly monitored.
Sure there are ‘gold standard’ carbon offsets, and those are the ones that the UN uses and recommends, but even those are based on the false premise that we can avoid doing the hard work ourselves (reducing our own footprint) by getting someone else to reduce theirs.
– ‘Carbon neutrality’ is another term used to cover the lack of intention to reduce one’s own carbon emissions (or ecological footprint in a more general application). It’s another form of the false promise offered by carbon offsetting. Hence, the EU’s recently passed proposal to become ‘Carbon Neutral by 2050’ is a dodge. It is an expression of toothless intention that extends so
far into the future that it is part of the political phenomenon I call ‘NIMTOO’ or Not In My Term Of Office.
– ‘Carbon markets’ and ‘carbon trading’ are all related and are good for the financial sector (anything they can trade they will make money from whether or not it is a real benefit… and in this case it is not). COP25 failed because of the debate among the Parties (nations) and the corporations who controlled the parties (the people have far less influence than corporations) about the ‘rules’
for the so-called carbon markets.
2) Choose to limit your family size to 1 or at most 2 children.
– This is the single most important thing for keeping the ecological footprint.
3) Help your readers connect the dots.
– When reporting on climate anomalies, whether local, national, or in some far off place, include some reference to climate change like, “as
predicted by climate scientists…’ This will aid people in the all-important task of ‘connecting the dots’.
4) Don’t let the government get away with being two-faced.
– The Canadian government’s level of greenwash is major. They claim to be actively supporting climate change oriented improvements, but are still investing heavily in the development of tar sands and pipelines. For the media to be exposing the greenwash would be a major help.
5) Encourage eating a more plant-based diet.
– Food is one of the sacred cows of society. People don’t have to give up eating animal products, but eating them in the quantities we do is a huge problem. Eating a more plant-based diet is not quite such a hard bar to climb over. (Again the fast food industry will not like this as their business model does NOT take into account the destruction of the Amazon rainforest but DOES insist upon year over year revenue growth.)
6) Vacation close to home.
– Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. ‘Vacation’ is a state of mind. Don’t buy into the travel advertising since they sell you Photoshop retouched photos of places you will never see. Hawaii (where I live) is a typical example. They show you a tropical paradise, but then drop you in Waikiki. This is one of those points that the news organizations will not like since there is ample advertising revenue from the travel and airline industries.
– Fly only when you must. Take the train. Trains go through some beautiful places. Flying is cheaper because the damage to the planet is offloaded onto the next generation who will have to deal with a
7) Join in supporting #FridaysForFuture and other protests and civil disobedience.
– If advocating civil disobedience is too much of a stretch, at least report on the protests with a positive slant. That is, instead of calling these kids ‘truants’ empower them referring to them as youth standing up for their future.
8) Buy less and consume less.
– Don’t go shopping as much. Shopping has been cultivated as a form of entertainment in wealthy nations. Stay home and play in the back yard or a local park, take up a sport, do something healthy for yourself and less damaging for the planet.
9) Make your buying decisions based upon quality and durability.
– The design of products today includes the INTENTION of having them break after just enough time that you will say ‘oh heck’ and buy another. The warranty of an item will tell you how long 95% of those items are intended to last. Learn to recognize and purchase quality and durability. Don’t be fooled by the empty claim of ‘Quality’. A discriminating person will look for the real thing.
10) Boycott Amazon.com
– Jeff Bezos is one of the most unethical businessmen on the planet. Makes perfect sense that he is also the richest. The two things go together. I report on this in my very first program from COP25, Villains and Heroes. Here’s the link with a time stamp that skips over my talking about my cancer. .