Dec 8, 2013
Independence From Terror
Posted on Jul 4, 2013
By Subhankar Banerjee, Climate Story Tellers
I have repeatedly pointed out over the past three years (see my interview last year with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on Democracy Now! here) that Obama too is turning the US into a “rogue, reckless petrostate.” While Kolbert thinks that Obama “deserves to be admonished” (like you would do to a Boy Scout), Williams on the other hand thinks that a “swift dismantling of the fossil–fuel infrastructure of death” is what is needed.
As you can see environmental journalism is far from dead. On the contrary, it is vibrant like a gushing mountain stream about to flood climate change activism with new energy and ideas. We need it because climate change is here and a lot of people are beginning to die from its devastation.
Often people ask me: Aren’t the super–rich worried about climate change? I cannot provide a good answer. Instead all I can do is make a wild–ass guess that may sound to you like sci–fi—but it isn’t—like climate change it too is here.
Would the gassed–up “well–oiled” “coal–fired” (last two are Hansen’s words) rogue, petrostates (US, Canada, and add your favorites to the list) ravage the whole Earth to a point where it is useful only for extraction of natural resources—Earth as a coal mine? You might wonder where will the super–rich escape to then? To space.
Furthermore, Yahoo! Finance quotes John Spencer, founder and president of the Space Tourism Society: “Within five to ten years the earliest types of ‘space hotels’ and orbital and lunar commerce will be operational and in need of a payment system.” Leaders are now working “on the big questions”:
What will our standard currency look like in a truly cash–free interplanetary society?
And CNN Money included a wise quote from PayPal president David Marcus:
Pack your bags and get ready for your new job—no longer on this Earth, but out there, working in a ‘space hotel’ finally getting paid $10.70 per hour that Ralph Nader has been advocating for.
We are screwed. The Earth is doomed.
Do you have any idea how we can find independence from the corporate–state terror?
Subhankar Banerjee is a photographer, writer, and activist. Over the past decade he has worked tirelessly for the conservation of ecoculturally significant areas of the Arctic, and to raise awareness about indigenous human rights and climate change. He founded ClimateStoryTellers.org, and is editor of the anthology Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point (Seven Stories Press). He was recently Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Fordham University in New York, received Distinguished Alumnus Award from the New Mexico State University, and Cultural Freedom Award from Lannan Foundation.
Copyright 2013 Subhankar Banerjee
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