A taxonomy of climate activism

Note: The following text is for discussion and will be updated based on received comments. Climate activism is often based on loosely defined concepts such as “Non-Violent Direct Action” (NVDA), “civil disobedience”, “strikes”, “protests”, and other forms, which may be used with different meanings by different groups, and, therefore, lack conceptual clarity. In the following…

Mission 2020: An analysis of the current state of climate, climate politics and climate activism

Note: The current draft is for discussion and is expected to be updated based on received comments. Summary. The failure of current societies to take required actions to limit global warming to avoid catastrophic climate breakdown, leaves major responsibility to transform current systems to non-governmental organizations and grass-roots movements within extremely short timelines and outside…

How many people will be killed by uncontrolled global warming?

A recent article [1] which presented  “Extinction Rebellion” in Sweden, claimed that the Roger Hallam’s statement that 6 billion people will die this century was unscientific based on assessments by a various scientists [2]. According to my information, there is no scientific evidence based on complex simulations, however, there are at least two leading climate…

How media are (subtly) misrepresenting climate science

I am listing a few phenomena I  have observed in the media discussing the climate emergency which misrepresent news 1) to provide positive context to otherwise negative news, 2) negative context to positive news, or 3) increase the drama of otherwise boring facts: “Not taking sides”: Here, media present topics by giving both sides similar…

The 2019 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change

Executive Summary The Lancet Countdown is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration, dedicated to monitoring the evolving health profile of climate change, and providing an independent assessment of the delivery of commitments made by governments worldwide under the Paris Agreement. The 2019 report presents an annual update of 41 indicators across five key domains: climate change impacts, exposures, and…

On strategy and tactics of Extinction Rebellion

After Extinction Rebellion activists blocked a subway in London by climbing onto the roof of a train, passengers reacted furious and dragged activists from the roof or chased them on the roof. The action was then seen by the media as a “backlash” or “failure” [0]. Personally I do not share this view based on…

Int. Extinction Rebellion Week, Berlin, Oct 7 – A personal summary

The official (German) final press release of the International Extinction Rebellion Week in Berlin is linked below [1]. My personal highlights: Active participation in the meeting “re:claim THE HOUSE” including member of parliament of various parties (CDU, SPD, Grüne, FDP, Linke) and various climate movements (Fridays/Scientists For Future, Extinction Rebellion, Ende Gelände,…) including Prof. Volker…

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