A Climate Sea Change

Global resistance is beginning to erode the fossil fuel industry in a visible way—but the fight is far from over.

March 09, 2015

“Forget sea level rise for a moment—this is a sea change, happening in real time before our eyes, as the confidence in an old order starts to collapse. Last September the members of the Rockefeller family—the first family of fossil fuels—announced that they were divesting their philanthropies from coal, oil, and gas for reasons ‘both moral and economic.’ As the head of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund put it, ‘We are quite convinced that if John D Rockefeller were alive today, as an astute businessman looking out to the future, he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy.’ This is the rough equivalent of the Pope appearing at his Vatican window in saffron robes to tell the crowd below he’s now a Hare Krishna, or Richard Dawkins showing up at Lourdes in a bathing suit.”

From “Vive la résistance,” Bill McKibben's Guardian piece on the climate movement's steadily-building momentum (at long last)


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