“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
~ George Orwell, 1984
A few days a year, I like disappearing from the world: I catch fever or some other illness, like I have had for the last two days (nop, I don’t have the Ebola) and submerge myself in things I love deeply, things I don’t have the luxury to do in regular days: sleep, think, watch a movie, read a book completely disconnected from my everyday reality.
This last fever has been (still is) really tough: I’ve been unable to do anything at all!
Then this morning I decide to take a look at the world and its “news”…I should say that bothing surprises me anymore. Either that or I’m still under high fever effect, this is what I read:
“Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Owner Wins Climate Leadership Award”…should I go back to bed? Make myself a soup? Talk to the cats?
Instead, my curiosity leads me to check the actual CDC website: and it states: “For over a decade CDP has worked to tackle climate change. It is linked to everything we do. We believe that systemic change – a real transformation of the global economic system – is required if we are to achieve the scale of change that will limit global warming and prevent catastrophic climate change. Rising energy demands are competing for a limited supply of fossil fuels. Energy security and a clean energy revolution have never been more important.” You can check by yourself: https://www.cdp.net/en-US/Programmes/Pages/climate-change-programs.aspx
Then I look the A List they produce every years and here it is: TransCanada (p 11): https://www.cdp.net/CDPResults/CDP-climate-performance-leadership-index-2014.pdf
This is not the first time I see an oil-and-gas company listed under “green” or “fighting climate change”…but this is the first time I see one of the biggest pollutants in the world, one that is destroying land, ecosystems and livelihoods, listed as one of the first ones fighting climate change?
The solution to climate change is not switching to renewable energy: it is not masking coil, gas and oil as “green” or “zero emissions” (that would be an oxymoron)…the problem has to be addressed at its roots: we got here because we, as a species, went into overshoot and we are using more than the planet can give…and we are causing pain and death to ecosystems and other humans by doing so.
The problem is: we cannot dream of a “green” future: that doesn’t exist. We need to re-think our priorities, our needs and our wants: from the individual and household to the community to the world.
And we have to reverse the power we have allowed to grow in the wrong hands.
This is like giving McDonalds a prize for promoting good health and sustainable food, or praising Walmart for providing low-paid jobs to those considered otherwise “unemployable”, or…I could continue but fever is coming back.
I though 1984 was a dystopian novel by Orwell, not a how-to manual…
“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass