Where is the outrage?

The Report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, discussed in today’s New York Times confirms that the worst will come.  

There is no real movement to address the coming crisis from any of the large players that could actually affect meaningful change; so the worst will come.

Where is the 24/7 coverage of this, the biggest catastrophe story ever?

Four weeks and no clue later, major broadcast media still obsess over every single detail of Malaysian Flight 370,  with endless panels of armchair experts speculating on what “might have happened.”  They’ve barely broken the blanket coverage to bring us bits about the Ukraine, mudslides in the Pacific Northwest and (today) Korea.

With all this bread and circus driving primetime news, the very real collapse of the climate system and all the attendant calamities we will unfortunately live to see, barely get the occasional weary nod from mainstream media.

Instead, we are treated to montages of crying relatives and interviews with people on the other side of the world, who once knew someone who was on Flight 370.  

I haven’t heard a single voice questioning whether Flight 370 is a hoax; yet, somehow, despite the overwhelming consensus on climate change, it is still politic to give change doubters and deniers almost equal time in the very limited media that is devoted to the topic.

And worse, it is still commonly assumed that indefinite growth is the correct model for every human endeavor.

It is that impossible and toxic assumption that has even President Obama harnessed to fossil fuels and nuclear energy!

We can make no meaningful progress on conservation and sustainable living until our leaders acknowledge that sustainability, and not growth, is the number one priority of the twenty first century if it is not to be our last.

That and that alone should be the lead story of every news cycle going forward.

About Sue Prent

Artist/Writer/Activist living in St. Albans, Vermont with my husband since 1983. I was born in Chicago; moved to Montreal in 1969; lived there and in Berlin, W. Germany until we finally settled in St. Albans.

2 thoughts on “Where is the outrage?

  1. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that there won’t be any outrage until climate change predictions come true and economic systems begin to collapse.  ‘Natural’ disasters, food and water supply shortages, and failed states will probably need to build to a crescendo before any meaningful action is taken.  Up until that point, there will still be lots of money to be made in promoting and fueling continued and unrestricted growth.  I fear that things will need to get much much worse before they can begin to get better.

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