Activist Tabitha Spence writes on why now is the time to take decisive action on climate change.
Time to Join Struggles
There has never been a time so direly in need of rapid change than the world we live in today.
We have known for longer than climate change seemed real that the current system isn't working for the majority of people, and climate change and species die-offs are making it abundantly clear that it's not working for our planet either.
Over the last several decades neo-liberalism has widened the global wealth disparity, as is evident in the fact that real wages have remained stagnant for most workers for decades. Further imposition of austerity and the privatization of everything are making conditions even more difficult for the majority of people, as we now are being told to pay extortionate rates to private companies for things that once were considered basic public services - public transportation, water and electricty provision, education, and even the use of our public streets for public assembly and expression of discontent.
It comes as no surprise, then, that less than 5 percent of the global population is responsible for roughly half of all greenhouse gase emissions (Anderson). The processes that have been driving "development" at the expense of much of the public are intertwined with the very processes undermining the conditions of the ecosystem and hydrological cycle we depend on.
Fighting these processes and working to build a world that values people over private profits and sanity over madness will require a holistic understanding of how these processes are interlinked and identifying the pressure points that will change everything. Truly addressing climate change will require radically re-configuring power dynamics, because the current system does not know how to turn the gears without being greased with fossil fuels. We know the current system isn't working well for most, and it's going to take billions of people working together to transition away from a completely unstainable and unjust world, to one that makes sense, and leaves no one behind.
It's time to join struggles. Let's march together on March 7th to show that struggles against austerity, racism, war and climate change are deeply interconnected, and that we are coming together to seize this moment!