Climate Camp 2007 will finish tomorrow after a flurry of activity yesterday and today. I didn’t get a chance to join in today, but I may head there tomorrow morning to get involved if I can.
All credit to the organisers and attendees of CC 2007 by participating in non-violent and good-natured protests. That should be the only way pro-environment direct action should take place.
But has CC achieved anything?
1) For a start it keeps the problem of global warming and environmental degradation at the front of news agendas.
2) Air travel is not the primary contributor to pollution. But it among the fastest growing. The aim here is not just to get people to think about their own actions, but also put pressure on businesses and the government to change their behaviour and incentives.
3) Camps like these bring people together so they can forge links, share ideas and make plans for the future.
4) It puts polluting companies on the defensive, who may otherwise have thought there is no opposition to their plans.
So yes, I think it was worthwhile.
And will people really change their lifestyle? Leo Hickman asks: What’s your excuse, not to do anything?
A fair amount of recent surveys have pointed out that while global warming is rapidly going up people’s list of important issues, they are less willing to change their lifestyle to adapt.
But these surveys miss the obvious point. Before much of the noice-making of recent years, global warming was nowhere near the list of important issues for most people and their resolve to do something about it even lower. So the fact that 90% of Britain is not recycling everything is not bad news – it may not happen tomorrow but we are slowly moving towards being as green as the Germans.
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