False solutions, pumping the brakes, and why we aren’t: an introduction

Strategies like proforestation and regenerative agriculture heal and support the earth’s capacity to heal. https://www.ehn.org/forest-carbon-sequestration-2649749746.html

But powerful moneyed interests work every angle to protect their advantage at the expense of Life on Earth. Angles like claiming that cutting down forests and grinding them up and burning them produces green energy. https://www.dogwoodalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/The-Great-American-Stand-Report.pdf

Angles we can see as transparently self-interested and disastrous for the masses of humanity and other life forms: “if the fossil fuel industry can build out a hydrogen based economy with blue and grey hydrogen and then it turns out green hydrogen is not economically viable to scale up for global use, that greatly benefits the fossil fuel industry.” https://www.nationofchange.org/2020/12/12/major-fossil-fuel-pr-group-is-behind-europe-pro-hydrogen-push/

People who have been working to raise the alarm on this kind of behavior are smeared as loonies. The practices they have observed, researched and described are presented as paranoid fantasies, https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/ until those paranoid fantasies are presented as the last best solutions to the crisis moment, designed by Harvard’s best and brightest and funded by The Gates Foundation, ready to test and introduce to the world as the great tech salvation. https://www.forbes.com/sites/arielcohen/2021/01/11/bill-gates-backed-climate-solution-gains-traction-but-concerns-linger/

The sacred cows of solar and wind power, Green New Deals and young activists brimming with misplaced hope are not immune to this dis-ease. Generous tech saviors are compelled to put down the apparently hysterical, over-zealous, jealous, spoil-sport critics.


Thoughtful analysts consider thousands of years of human history with solar energy and fossilized fuels, and suggest that the techno saviors will not save, and that the proper reaction for someone about to crash into a concrete barrier is to take the foot off the accelerator and perhaps buy enough time to make a useful turn, or to slow down enough to reduce impact. Gentle analysts consider the pleasure of slowing down, pleasure inherent in slowing down and the soul-healing effect of making room for the world to heal herself with more forests and less Consumption (marked by a bloody cough which can prove fatal). https://www.resilience.org/stories/2021-01-27/will-technology-solve-climate-change/

While others recall the ways we have been held hostage by neoliberal fanatics disguised as natural elites claiming that our only interests will be met and served by the holy markets, job-creators, entrepreneurs who can find a way to turn every human need into a profit. https://thebaffler.com/salvos/hollowed-out-ray

Fugitive academics recall ancient Nigerian legends of tricking anthro-cidal godesses and place the power of the world back in… the world itself, rather than in halls of power where one must line up to make demands. Find possibility in the cracks made by hopelessness, and in realizing the power of the world in the cells of the chaotic, communicative, wounded and wounding world. https://bayoakomolafe.net/project/coming-down-to-earth-sanctuary-as-spiritual-companionship-in-a-time-of-hopelessness-and-climate-chaos/

And demand that we step out of denial and into deeper truth-telling. https://decolonialfutures.net/4denials/

And once the truth is ringing in our hearts, we find ways to act. One way is to step behind the indigenous women leading the fight against Line 3, the Enbridge horrorcore tar sands project. Learn how to join this fight and others by emailing xrebelky@protonmail.com with interest. Enbridge is rushing to lay this pipeline and grab the new easement while legal fights are in limbo and there is no injunction stopping construction. Watch the documentary Necessity: Oil, Water and Climate Resistance https://www.necessitythemovie.com/.

Here at home: Support https://www.kyheartwood.org/ protecting our precious home forests, some of the most fabulous forests in the world! Learn how to heal with plants, protect plants. Make yard habitat and slow down water so it can quench thirsty life. Demand alternatives to private motorized vehicle transportation! Say NO to the LG&E pipeline expansion to feed Jim Beam. Say NO to more fossil fuel infrastructure. Listen to indigenous leadership.

Let’s meet each other. Email xrebelky at protonmail com please for more direct relationship.

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