Demand Green, People!
Naomi Klein, in “A People’s Shock” [Oct. 6], makes an interesting case for a transformative worldview as the basis for addressing the calamity of climate change. She is right about the centrality of shifting cultural values, but she ignores the elephant in the room—overpopulation, with a billion people added to the planet roughly every twelve years. Unless we deal with overpopulation, no worldview will save us.
Rosemary Agonito, author, The Last Taboo: Saying No to Motherhood
Thank you, Naomi Klein, for so beautifully, eloquently, heartwarmingly and inspirationally expressing what so many of us know in our hearts but lack the words to say. We live in an incredibly exciting time, astride history’s page with a pen in one hand and a sword in the other. If we have absorbed the moral of the story, we can write the next page in ink rather than blood.
“A People’s Shock” is terrific. Not so terrific is the lack of any reference to overpopulation. The Nation, Rolling Stone and Mother Jones are almost as disappointing as the mainstream media. I expect the MSM and fact-impaired US politicians and citizens to fail at facing reality—
80 million–plus Homo saps added every year—but et tu, Nation? To paraphrase the mouth from the South, “It’s the overpopulation, stupid!” says this mouth from the North.
upper peninsula of michigan
Technically it’s not too late yet, but in practice it already is. The planet is heading off the cliff as fast as it can. I have no children, and I am old. I hope to die (of natural causes) before things get intolerable. Best of luck to you all.
In light of Naomi Klein’s prescient analysis, I hereby claim the copyright to these bumper stickers on the right-wing’s response:
Better Roasted Than Regulated
Better Toasted Than Taxed
“Vices and Follies”