Note — Oct 21, 2018

Stopping Climate Change Is Hopeless. Let’s Do It.

Seen in → No.53

Source → nytimes.com/2018/10/06/opinion/sunday/clima...

I quite like this idea of a practice, of value independent of outcome. It also aligns well with Alex Steffen’s idea of “being a good ancestor.”

Given the stark facts, this approach might be the most useful. Practice has value independent of outcome; it’s a way of life, not a job with a clear payoff. A joyful habit. The right way to live. […]

This practice starts with a deep understanding of the problem, so it will mean reading a little about climate science. Our actions must be to scale, so while we undertake individual steps in our lives, like retrofitting light bulbs, we must realize that real progress comes from voting, running for office, marching in protest, writing letters, and uncomfortable but respectful conversations with fathers-in-law. This work must be habitual. Every day some learning and conversation. Every week a call to Congress. Every year a donation to a nonprofit advancing the cause. In other words, a practice.