Thursday, 24 July 2014

Has environmentalism failed?

A spate of recent posts on the Patheos site, which question whether pagan environmentalism has failed and discuss climate change and some of the issues it raises from a pagan perspective have got me thinking....
I think that the question does not just apply to pagans, although there is an added twinge.  I think the question is, has environmentalism failed? 
I would answer yes to this, while some things have been achieved, it seems, too little, too late.  We are already facing a 4-6 degrees C mean global temperature rise by 2100, the ocean is acidifying and the arctic is melting releasing methane and leading one to question how all that fresh water will affect oceanic heat circulation. The effects on the whole lifeweb look to be catastrophic.    We are still living as if this is all a fantasy, our governments are still in thrall to the oil and gas industry, we are still mowing our lawns, driving our cars, buying our "toys" as if it will go on forever. 
We are also herded by fear, in the UK our government's wide definition of terror threatens bloggers and internet activists.  and in many other countries, the situation is so much worse .
While groups such as Deep Green Resistance and The Underminers , see this and specifically are trying to bring the system down to save what can be saved, they are classed as radicals and terrorists, sort of green-jihadis, the powers-that-be and most of the rest of us do not see any real alternatives to our current paradigm, sickening though it is. 
I suppose the supplementary question is, if environmentalism has failed, what now? 
Honestly, I wish I knew....