The Guardian ran this interesting article with the header, “Prince Charles is the latest high-profile figure to echo claims that ‘securitise’ the conflict. But the evidence just doesn’t stack up…”
I went to an activists’ meeting last night held by AROMA, an Atlanta activist collective. Many of the people in the meeting have a social and human view on issues of oppression and social justice. Being a chemist, I have an atomic view. The issue of climate change spans the entire range of length scales from the global to the atomic length scale. It is a challenge to convince people who are not scientifically inclined about the gravity of the threat posed by environmental destruction with facts. That is where the arts come in. In art, peoples’ spirits can be touched in ways that bare facts, figures, and graphs cannot. The specific details of what issue is due to climate change is still open to debate, we can debate whether the Syrian Civil War was caused by climate change. What is not open to debate is that climate change is just one issue among the larger problem of too much technology over taking the earth leading to ecological catastrophe. Just ask anyone in Flint, Michigan about their water and you will find the stark truth about how people of color are compromised along ecological lines. The challenge will be to engage groups like #blacklivesmatter on ecological issues. Perhaps Flint is that touch point for conversation and art?