Maybe Cooling the War in Palestine Could Help
"The macabre evil of the Hamas raid on Israel has long since been repaid by the industrial terror of Israel’s response."
Because I'm such a big fan of your work on climate change, I'm especially taken aback by this statement. The point of Israel's actions in Gaza, at least as I understand it, is not to "repay" the evil of October 7. While there are no doubt many who wish for retribution and revenge, Israel's actions are meant to destroy Hamas so that its citizens will never again face similar attacks (which Hamas is promising to launch repeatedly). It's fair to argue, with evidence, that the magnitude of destruction caused by Israel's response is more than necessary to achieve this objective. You might even argue that Israel has no right to defend itself if such defense necessitates killing innocent civilians. But to argue as if this was only about revenge is missing the point. Thanks!
One of Israel's claims to fame is that they turned a desert green.
So much for that.
Thank you Bill for placing the Israeli - Palestinian conflict in this most appropriate context.
Humanity is abandon in fighting over land and resources in a degrading environment. And, sadly this is just the start. Water wars are right around the corner (no, already here).
Meanwhile, I have returned to a meditation practice that has been on hiatus for too many years and spend time each day focusing on impermanence.
Meanwhile on LNG exports, I've put together a website (leaning very heavily on Bill's analyses) to explain the issue and promote the petition and letter writing https://www.climateaction.center/stop-the-lng-climate-bomb
Spread it to your networks!
Would you please post sources for the statements you made in this essay.
Bill, I strongly support your statement in this column. Not entering polemics of some commentators, let's just say that a ceasefire applies to all sides, and the slaughter on a massive scale of a civilian population, and the violent dispossession of millions of people from their land is never justified. End of rationalizations on all sides to the contrary -- no evidence can suffice to make such an argument. Full stop.
Speaking of voters and what they want. Are you familiar with the Environmental Voter Project? They seem very on top of things. I was wondering if you had considered partnering Third Act with them. They target low propensity environmental voters, are non-partisan, and have the infrastructure all set up. I could imagine it being a good partnership. Third Act shouldn't have to reinvent the wheel.
The deserts can be made green again, if the air temperature is not too great !
Thank you again Bill, for your leadership.
Thank you Bill. So appreciate your voice and work. Sustainable peace and a sustainable planet are inextricably linked. A culture of domination, extraction, patriarchy is at the core of what we need to shift to create a better world for our kids. Bringing in more of “the feminine”....
!!! Context is all. Thank you (again,) Bill.