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Posted by Philip on 15 August 2016, 5:52 pm in , , , , , , ,

Climate change – an effect, not a cause

I'm getting a bit sick of hearing about climate change. Not because I don't care – I do, desperately​. I'm fed up because "climate change" is the effect of something much, much worse.

And what's even worse is that we're not talking about the cause. We're not naming what we're doing to create climate change. It's pretty bad.

We're committing chronic environmental abuse and neglect. We're violating and being violent towards nature. We're deliberately acting in negligent ways that are harming our planet, our home.

When I ​say "we", I'm referring ​mainly to political, business and industrial agents. I'm talking about emissions trading schemes, the oil industry, airlines, vehicle manufacturers and food packagers, among other large pollution-creating mechanisms.

But I'​m also referring to our individual collusion when we fly, drive, buy groceries and so on.

I'm not trying to create guilt or shame. What ​I ​want to suggest is the rhetoric of climate change is misleading. It's like talking about "behaviour and development change", when we really mean child abuse and neglect.

My challenge is that we coin the phrase "chronic environmental abuse and neglect" – CEAN if we need an acronym. I'm not an expert in this area, so I'​m not going to elaborate on the plethora of ways we commit this atrocity.

But let's stop sugar coating it. Let's mix metaphors and call a spade a spade. And let's start calling climate change what it really is: chronic abuse of our environment, the planet, Earth, Gaia.

Then let's stop. Now.

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