Environmentalists: Change Tacticians

There are plenty of climate change deniers. As you might imagine, I have very little patience with them. (In general, I think, it often pays to ask ourselves, “Who stands to gain?” & then ask ourselves also, if something benefits corporate hotshots & big oil executives, is there much chance most of the rest of us stand to gain??)(1)

Right at the top of my must-read list is the book Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming, by James Hoggan (with Richard Littlemore). I think it’s a good idea for all of us to be fully aware of the depth of the organized, criminal conspiracy to deny climate change.

Meanwhile, this blog post is my way of sharing with readers a letter to the editor that I wrote in December in response to (Canadian) Ottawa Citizen columnist David Warren’s Dec. 16th piece entitled ‘The Scare Tacticians.’ (I've tried to locate this one on the Citizen Web site, but have not been able to find it.) My letter was not published.

December 20, 2009.

Dear Editor:

Citizen columnist David Warren’s piece last Wednesday entitled ‘The Scare Tacticians’ kind of blew me out of the water. I am not a regular Citizen reader by the way; just a fluke, basically, that I saw the paper and his column at all.

He seems to be suggesting that environmental activists just made up acid rain, ozone depletion, species loss, deforestation, water pollution, climate change and too many other serious environmental problems to attempt to list here.

Actually, his rantings were so extreme I wondered briefly if he was spoofing somebody. But I guess he’s for real.

For sure, my 20 years of environmental activism have not been about “accumulating wealth and power.” I’m just more concerned than I can really even articulate about the state of the world my generation (especially the “old boys” who really run the show here) are leaving for my children and grandchildren (should my kids be fortunate enough to have children; fertility is one of the casualties of all this environmental degradation, one assumes…).

Weaver thinks environmental activists are scare tacticians. I see us as change tacticians. Things need to change, and we see that this is possible. We can change, we are changing, and people of great energy and conviction are making all kinds of awesome innovations all over our still-lovely planet.

I wonder what it is about trying to make the world a saner, healthier, cleaner place that scares Mr. Weaver so much?

The folks who scare me are the ones like your columnist, who seem to think there’s something wrong with change, adaptability and evolution. I think the point of human evolution (and our own individual lives) is to grow, adapt and change. I think it’s time to shed this particular human-as-consumer skin – and I see great examples of inspiration from far and wide that this is indeed eminently do-able.

I think Mr. Warren is just plain afraid of new ideas. John Cage said, “I can’t understand why people are afraid of new ideas, I’m afraid of the old ones.” Me too.


Janet McNeill

(1) Readers: if you have investments, have you made sure that you are not personally helping to support "big oil"? We want to be sure we are part of the solution, not part of the problem...right?

‘Quote of the day’ w. this post: “When there’s a bend in the road, the only ones who crash are those who refuse to change direction.” ~ Source unknown