Note — Feb 07, 2021

Inevitable Planetary Doom Has Been Exaggerated

Also at The Atlantic, the subtitle of this one by Emma Marris is “Hope for the future is a reasonable and necessary prerequisite for action.” The most grounded piece in the issue, it brings context and corrections to some of the doomsaying around the environment, it’s a good calming influence in which to set all those better futures.

“Any time you see a round number like 2.0 or 1.5 or 20 percent by 2020, that is a political number,” he said. “The reality is that every 10th of a degree matters.” There is no threshold after which it is not worth fighting. […]

So fighting for racial or economic justice, or against voter suppression, still can mean fighting for the environment. As these links are becoming better understood, the environmental movement is finally working with its natural allies to, for example, fight fossil fuels while promoting investment in Black, Indigenous, brown, and working-class communities.