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#Occupy Climate Change

The impossible is suddenly possible.

In the grand scheme of things, capitalism is a blip. A flicker on the historical radar and a rather dangerous planetary-scale experiment whose results are easy to guess and hard to ignore. When you have a giant machine pushing for infinite and perpetual growth in a world with finite resources, you know it's not going to end well. Yet right now, for the average citizen of the West, a world without the hallmarks of capitalism – without Wall Street, the rat race, shopping malls, economic growth, debt and competitive consumerism – is almost impossible to imagine. The very thought of a consumer-free world opens up such a void, such a unknowingness that it scares the bejesus out of us.

Throughout history, however, there have been people willing to place themselves in that white void and be petrified, even liberated by change. The Arab Spring, which has seen ordinary citizens revolt against mighty dictatorships, is the most recent example of that human ability. And for that reason, the Arab Spring gives us hope. Hope that the world will be able to save itself from the system that has pushed the earth and its resources to the brink. That an alternative will not only be imagined but embraced in the name of new possibilities and freedoms.

The Arab Spring also shows that although we can't imagine how it will happen or where the political and personal courage will come from, it will surprise us all the more. Despite what you may have heard by now, no one saw the Arab Spring coming. Not the political commentators, not the average person on the street and definitely not the Arab 'leaders' and 'presidents.' It came completely out of the blue, after years of complacency and apathy. Even those who first took to the streets could not have realized the significance of their actions. But once they were there, together, on Tahrir Square and at Benghazi, they didn't go home – they wanted change now and more desperately than ever.

Gaddafi, who had ruled Libya for 40 years – almost as long as we have known what we need to do to stop climate change – was forced into hiding by rebels who decided that 40years was 40 years too many. For many Libyans before the revolt, the prospect of a Gadaffi-free Libya was unimaginable. Yet Gadaffi is gone now and we are given another hint that one day – when Capitalism is least expecting it – people will say that the destruction of the planet in exchange for constant economic growth is a price too high to pay. It gives us a glimmer that one day capitalism will be gone too, replaced by a new world system that places the value of our existence and the world's existence before a quick buck.

Some say that capitalism is too big to fail, that there are too many people invested in its survival. But as we discover that the survival of capitalism means the destruction of the planet, we grow hopeful of our ability to stop, look around and step into the void.

Arwa Aburawa is editor at GreenProphet.com, the leading site on green news from the Middle East. She has also written on environmental issues for The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, Electronic Intifada and The Big Issue North. Her monthly green column can be found at SISTERS magazine.

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Anonymous

Laws themselves are twisted and changed to mean different things depending on those who enforce those laws, we need a "full house cleaning of the people who have sworn the oath" to keep both murder and treason a secret in this nation and in this world ,this type of "secretive kingship oath" does very little to instil either hope or trust in one's government imagine a king who says:

By the way I have sworn an oath with my generals that anyone that complains will be secretly murdered without anyone being able to issue a complaint, unless of course he wants to be next, who would vote for such a government NO ONE that is sane that is!

BUT THAT IS WHAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE IN OUR WORLD!

Anonymous

Laws themselves are twisted and changed to mean different things depending on those who enforce those laws, we need a "full house cleaning of the people who have sworn the oath" to keep both murder and treason a secret in this nation and in this world ,this type of "secretive kingship oath" does very little to instil either hope or trust in one's government imagine a king who says:

By the way I have sworn an oath with my generals that anyone that complains will be secretly murdered without anyone being able to issue a complaint, unless of course he wants to be next, who would vote for such a government NO ONE that is sane that is!

BUT THAT IS WHAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE IN OUR WORLD!

Anonymous

Nice, pointing fingers, isn't it. Nothing needs to be kept secret. It is obvious. Societies willingly accepted every murder and crimes commited in their names and for their prosperity. Until they got financially hurt they didn't want to know. So yes, let us do a full house cleaning. I suggest shipping them off to the Moon, or Mars. I will stay here, alone, and live a happy life. Bye bye.

Anonymous

Nice, pointing fingers, isn't it. Nothing needs to be kept secret. It is obvious. Societies willingly accepted every murder and crimes commited in their names and for their prosperity. Until they got financially hurt they didn't want to know. So yes, let us do a full house cleaning. I suggest shipping them off to the Moon, or Mars. I will stay here, alone, and live a happy life. Bye bye.

Anonymous

We've already run that experiment in country after country. It's called the industrial revolution and everywhere the result was the same, a mass exodus out of pig farming and farming in general because no matter how horrific early industrial society was, farming was apparently worse.

So why do you think that a century plus trend will reverse?

Anonymous

We've already run that experiment in country after country. It's called the industrial revolution and everywhere the result was the same, a mass exodus out of pig farming and farming in general because no matter how horrific early industrial society was, farming was apparently worse.

So why do you think that a century plus trend will reverse?

Anonymous

In most cases, history shows us that revolutions eliminate the middle class. They divide society into two classes: Rulers and peasants.

Check the Soviet Union, Cuba, China under Mao, et al. No middle class left at all. Just the few rulers (the 1%?) and the peasants who can't scrape together a meal for their children.

Revolution, in the sense that OWS understands it, is a moronic enterprise engaged in by people who simply don't understand that they'll be ultimate losers, if they were to succeed.

Anonymous

In most cases, history shows us that revolutions eliminate the middle class. They divide society into two classes: Rulers and peasants.

Check the Soviet Union, Cuba, China under Mao, et al. No middle class left at all. Just the few rulers (the 1%?) and the peasants who can't scrape together a meal for their children.

Revolution, in the sense that OWS understands it, is a moronic enterprise engaged in by people who simply don't understand that they'll be ultimate losers, if they were to succeed.

Visioneer

Yeah, it feels like it's time for a game change. Not matter how you look at it, the current game layer over society needs tweaking.

Problems will always exist. Problems are soluble.

I'm a big fan of rewriting the rules using the scientific method to define how to live in harmony on the planet, to create a foundation for how we interact with our life support system in order to keep it functioning. Survival of the fittest includes those species who can continue to adapt and change. When one system fails us, we move onto the next. We have new tools at our disposal and it behooves us to put them to use.

The only dictatorship that really exists is nature. We need to know as much about how it works as we can to define the parameters for our behavior. Creating a new game layer (a new OS) for our society might be called a 'Resource Based Economy'(earth 2.0) - an idea arrived at by social designers like Paolo Soleri, Buckminster Fuller and Jacques Fresco which is currently championed by the Zeitgeist Movement and the Venus Project, among others.

Eventually technological unemployment will arrive and replace human beings as the dominant form of manufacturing labour. We can use this to our benefit to provide for everyone. If the monetary system persists through this transition it means many will no longer have a job or the purchasing power to buy the objects that are abundantly available, which seems ridiculous. If we take money out of the equation, we're left with the only things we really need: resources, energy and the will to survive. Human beings can thereby be emancipated from servitude to each other as labour no longer needs to be exchanged for the means to survive. Read: Star Trek style economy. Where will we go from there? Into space, of course - especially when that dirty little word 'cost' is no longer in our vocabulary.

Will we be too lazy to do the jobs required to set up an fully automated life support system if no one is paid? If you really have the opportunity to emancipate humanity, save countless lives from oppression and drudgery and create a society where you could follow your muse, wouldn't you. Sign me up!

If you're a religious person, this is the path to heaven on earth. If you're a scientific thinker, it only makes sense as a means to survival. If you're an artist this is your unlimited canvas - the free time you've been dreaming of. If you're a politician, a lawyer, a banker, a soldier... what else did you want to be when you grew up?

To infinity and beyond! http://www.lucworks.com/images/Ville-Vivante.jpg

Visioneer

Yeah, it feels like it's time for a game change. Not matter how you look at it, the current game layer over society needs tweaking.

Problems will always exist. Problems are soluble.

I'm a big fan of rewriting the rules using the scientific method to define how to live in harmony on the planet, to create a foundation for how we interact with our life support system in order to keep it functioning. Survival of the fittest includes those species who can continue to adapt and change. When one system fails us, we move onto the next. We have new tools at our disposal and it behooves us to put them to use.

The only dictatorship that really exists is nature. We need to know as much about how it works as we can to define the parameters for our behavior. Creating a new game layer (a new OS) for our society might be called a 'Resource Based Economy'(earth 2.0) - an idea arrived at by social designers like Paolo Soleri, Buckminster Fuller and Jacques Fresco which is currently championed by the Zeitgeist Movement and the Venus Project, among others.

Eventually technological unemployment will arrive and replace human beings as the dominant form of manufacturing labour. We can use this to our benefit to provide for everyone. If the monetary system persists through this transition it means many will no longer have a job or the purchasing power to buy the objects that are abundantly available, which seems ridiculous. If we take money out of the equation, we're left with the only things we really need: resources, energy and the will to survive. Human beings can thereby be emancipated from servitude to each other as labour no longer needs to be exchanged for the means to survive. Read: Star Trek style economy. Where will we go from there? Into space, of course - especially when that dirty little word 'cost' is no longer in our vocabulary.

Will we be too lazy to do the jobs required to set up an fully automated life support system if no one is paid? If you really have the opportunity to emancipate humanity, save countless lives from oppression and drudgery and create a society where you could follow your muse, wouldn't you. Sign me up!

If you're a religious person, this is the path to heaven on earth. If you're a scientific thinker, it only makes sense as a means to survival. If you're an artist this is your unlimited canvas - the free time you've been dreaming of. If you're a politician, a lawyer, a banker, a soldier... what else did you want to be when you grew up?

To infinity and beyond! http://www.lucworks.com/images/Ville-Vivante.jpg

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