In the past few years, I’ve encountered what strikes me as a rather peculiar attitude. When faced with a problem the likes of which our species has never seen – a problem which could, realistically, lead to our extinction, a number of people respond by saying that a given action or solution “isn’t feasible” or “doesn’t make economic sense”.
While I’m not suggesting that anybody ruin themselves (that would remove your ability to keep fighting), I AM suggesting that that line of thinking, founded in the largely stable and prosperous 20th century, is not applicable to our current situation.It’s not that any person’s concerns over their portfolio, or their home improvement, or their hobby, or even their social justice movement are unimportant. All of that IS IMPORTANT. It’s part of who we are, and in the case of social justice, it’s part of forming a society to be proud of.
But there is a case to be made that the survival of the species, if not MORE important than all that, should at least break even.
I don’t think that dealing with climate change has to be unpleasant. I utterly reject all the bullshit about how life without fossil fuels equals stone age. That’s crap.
My entire premise is that life without fossil fuels will be BETTER, and I think I have a really solid case for that, which gets stronger with every passing week.
That said, no problem worth solving can be solved without a significant investment of time, money, or both.
Dealing with this WILL TAKE WORK. It will take effort, it will take time, it will take money.
And I recognize that some people have precious little of ANY of those things left over at the end of the day.
That’s why I’m writing this guide. Not everybody has the wherewithal to block a coal shipment like a friend of mine did. Not everybody can afford solar panels. Not everybody can, while working two full-time jobs to make ends meet, muster the energy to work on a campaign. This guide is not designed to make a monumental problem take no effort. It’s designed to help you find the level of effort you can spend, and to challenge you to see if you can find a little bit more from within yourself.
But again, to be clear this WILL take effort. A lot of it, in the end, and that’s fine. It couldn’t be any other way.