Thursday, October 13, 2016

Quote of the Day (Naomi Klein, on Climate Change and Crisis)

“Climate change has never received the crisis treatment from our leaders, despite the fact that it carries the risk of destroying lives on a vastly greater scale than collapsed banks or collapsed buildings….But we need not be spectators in all this: Politicians aren't the only ones with the power to declare a crisis. Mass movements of regular people can declare one too. Slavery wasn't a crisis for British and American elites until abolitionism turned it into one. Racial discrimination wasn't a crisis until the civil rights movement turned it into one. Sex discrimination wasn't a crisis until feminism turned it into one. Apartheid wasn't a crisis until the anti-apartheid movement turned it into one." —Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (2014)

(Photo of Naomi Klein taken by Mariusz Kubik in Warsaw, Poland, Nov. 19, 2008.)

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