Yesterday I created the Facebook page No War No Warming US (US because this is a global effort, and was started in England). The animations at the Campaign Against Arms Trade, Arms to Renewables, clearly explains the radical but simple idea of diverting the billions of dollars, resources and people invested in country’s militaries to help transition to a non carbon, renewable energy based economy.
I have no idea how this will go. I think most people have given up on the possibilities of any real change in our societies. We’ve seen the spectacle of adults taking ridiculous positions to hide the consequences of greenhouse gas emissions with complete disregard for the toxic effects on the earth, and the health and survival of all living things.
Naomi Klein expresses where we are very well in her latest book, This Changes Everything:
But if there is a reason for social movements to exist, it is not to accept dominant values as fixed and unchangeable but to offer other ways to live—to wage, and win, a battle of cultural worldviews. That means laying out a vision of the world that competes directly with the one on harrowing display at the Heartland conference and in so many other parts of our culture, one that resonates with the majority of people on the planet because it is true: That we are not apart from nature but of it.
We have seen the beginnings of changes in the right direction in many places over the past several years as many small groups of people have stood up to the fossil fuel industry. Rejection of the Keystone Pipeline is a strongly symbolic indication that change can happen, and is.