Michael Mann hasn’t grasped the simplest and most basic point about climate change yet:
Mann told the Observer that although flat rejection of global warming was becoming increasingly hard to maintain in the face of mounting evidence, this did not mean climate change deniers were giving up the fight.
“First of all, there is an attempt being made by them to deflect attention away from finding policy solutions to global warming towards promoting individual behaviour changes that affect people’s diets, travel choices and other personal behaviour,” said Mann. “This is a deflection campaign and a lot of well-meaning people have been taken in by it.”
Mann stressed that individual actions – eating less meat or avoiding air travel – were important in the battle against global warming. However, they should be seen as additional ways to combat global warming rather than as a substitute for policy reform.
This is to run with the Fat Controller view of the world. That it’s only if – when – there’s some portly middle aged man pulling the levers of society do we get either action or change.
30 years after Egon Krenz was tossed out on his ear this isn’t the right way to be thinking about society at all.
Instead society is the interactions of 7 billion people. And if you wish to change the outcome of that aggregation then it’s the activities of the 7 billion that need to be changed.
This is not to say that all the climate science is correct, that doom is just around the corner and all that. Nor is it to say that it isn’t. It is to, instead, make the obvious point that it is the people doing the emissions. Thus, if we want fewer emissions, the change has to be in the lifestyles of the people.
How could it be otherwise?