Hotcoldwetdry Is The Most Important Story Of Our Lives Or Something

If that’s so, why is it that a very small number of Warmists practice what they preach? This is and interview with “Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, on the massive response to the newspaper’s fossil fuel disinvestment campaign and the urgent need to take action on climate change.”

(The Hindu) The idea for ‘Keep it in the Ground’ — the campaign on disinvestment in fossil fuel–based energy companies launched by The Guardian early this year — was seeded by Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger, who will soon step down from his 20-year leadership of the highly respected media group. In order to save the planet from catastrophic climate change, global temperatures have to stay within a 2°C threshold. This can be achieved if the 200 top fossil fuel companies wind up operations or shift to alternate renewable fuels. The campaign is therefore urging organisations to divest from such companies, and has started by petitioning two of the biggest philanthropic organisations — the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — to do so. The other arm of the campaign is to change readers’ mindsets on the imminent threat of climate change, by telling the story more effectively and through different media. Mr. Rusbridger spoke to Parvathi Menon in London about the campaign.

Why the campaign, and why now?

I have had a feeling for a long time that this is an important story, if not the most important story of our lives. Climate change does pose an existential threat to the species, and we haven’t got long to do something about it. If we go beyond 2° C [in global temperatures] then the consequences are really problematic for millions of people. So if that is right, then it is such an enormous story that you would expect it to be on the front page every day — and it almost never is.

I was thinking about what would I regret not having done as editor and I wished we had done more on this story to wake people up. I came back from Christmas and pulled together a group of staff. Not just the environmental writers, but economic, political and culture writers, graphic design and video people — a big group of about 45 — and asked them what they thought, and there was tremendous enthusiasm to do something. We decided to start with people we admired — the two trusts, because they are in science and health and believe that climate change is a mortal threat. And because they are progressive and intelligent, we thought they might be up to listening to the argument.

Well, that was how the campaign started, and we decided we would do reporting as well, because we are not just a campaign organisation. We will do it in multiple media, we will get poets and artists as well as data people, and investigative reporters — we will throw everything at it. And we would try and suggest ways by which the readers could join in by helping, signing petitions, lobbying, writing and putting pressure on their own places of work.

Interesting. When will the UK Guardian divest its own financial holdings from fossil fuels? When will they stop using fossil fuels to distribute their paper? Oh, and stop using so much power for their website? Hey, this is the most important story of our lives!!!!!!!

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2 Responses to “Hotcoldwetdry Is The Most Important Story Of Our Lives Or Something”

  1. Kevin says:

    The warmist creed – “DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO!”

  2. John says:

    The Guardian has about 2.5% of its funds invested in fossil fuels they have said they expect to have completed divesture in less than 2 years
    But again Teach you seem to expect 100% compliance in others, while advocating for war against radical Islam while safely never enlisting
    In addition to Hinfu leaders advocating for AGW solutions the Pope is speaking out more and mire strongly about this. He specifically points out that the burden of AGW will fall mostly on the poor
    As far as removing tax breaks and subsidies both direct and indirect in 3rd world countries solar is the preferred choice. And those countries are buying strictly on a cost/benefit analysis
    Even inbthevysa in certain parts wind and solar are already competitor with voal when subsidies are removed
    The price on renewable energy is constantly falling institutional investors know this they also know that investing in companies who gave main assets of u burned carbon may be problematical

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