Bill McKibben rants eloquently about the need for more than individual actions to combat climate change — it’s a systemic problem, the solutions to which can only come with changes to the systems we are all embedded in. Changing your light bulbs and riding a bike are the easy parts. Organizing a devastating political campaign against the fossil fuel interests is much more challenging, and utterly necessary.
A couple of weeks ago Bill McKibben wrote a sarcastic op-ed encouraging people to ignore any possible connection between climate change and the unusually intense tornado season, as well as other extreme weather events. I thought it was a little hyperbolic — of course people must be considering all this weather news in that light, right? But maybe he wasn’t being over the top. This NY Times article about Dust Bowl scale drought across the south and southwest doesn’t mention climate change once. The omission seemed conspicuous.