The new corporate line on climate change is that we can’t be bothered thinking about it right now, because the economy is in so much trouble that we have to focus on that instead. To anyone who’s been paying attention to the plans proposed by climate activists, that’s a bogus argument. Climate activists understand that sustainability is an economic issue as much as it is an economic issue. An economy that isn’t environmentally sustainable cannot continue to prosper.
Climate activists support efficiency in a holistic manner, rather than the restricted, abstract manner that has led to Wall Street’s collapse. Old industry can only see how to cut costs in the moment, by using the quickest, dirtiest sources of energy, even though those sources of energy create tremendous long term costs. Climate activists seek to reduce costs in the long term, so that present investments in genuine clean energy projects will continue to create wealth for generations to come.
We shouldn’t ignore climate issues because the economy is in rotten shape. The reason the economy is in rotten shape is that our nation’s economy strategy has been antagonistic to an environmentalist perspective. The global economic failure makes this the perfect time to lay the foundation of a global strategy for resistance to climate change.
The people who organized the Capitol Climate Action on Monday understand the importance of this historical moment. Thousands of people gathered for a march and a nonviolent protest at the gates of a dirty coal-burning power plant in Washington D.C.
Thanks to them for their activism. Let’s support it with our own resolve to put climate and sustainability at the center of economic recovery plans, where it belongs.