I happened to notice that the ‘Grist’ YouTube video originally embedded in this post is now ‘unavailable’. I think it may have borne the same title as this post itself, but I’m unable to locate another copy. I’ve dropped a line to Grist asking if they can help.
In the meantime, here’s another video I found that bears a related message. It was uploaded to YouTube on 16Apr2012, which is months after this post’s date, but its words are also by Bill McKibben and narrated by Stephen Thomson of Plomomedia.
It’s a decade later, and it’s getting worse, not better. Our planet is, or, rather, we are, in serious trouble….
(The quotation below is not from the video above.)
An international conference [about pollution] was held in 1911 and American reformers joined their British counterparts. Information, reports and scientific data were shared and disseminated. Conversations about strategy, tactics and insights stoked the fire of reform and change.
Industry argued for efficiency and technological fixes. Jevons’ paradox was quietly ignored and engineers were put to the task of researching and inventing more efficient installations.
The government faced two choices: ban the use of coal or impose further restrictions.Polly Higgins (1968–2019), Eradicating Ecocide, page 17
Here we are, exactly 100 years later —
and absolutely nothing has changed.
Get ready for Moving Planet.
September 24, 2011
All over the world.