There’s a chap called Graham Wayne who has persistently and consistently been writing excellent stuff on all aspects of climate change (science, policy, denial, etc).
His latest piece, “What connects Edward Snowden, climate change, GCHQ and lemmings?” is very fine, and very depressing. Excerpts below, but you really should read the whole thing.
Climate change – which I write about for the most part – is coming to a front room near you at a speed nobody reckoned with, and nobody knows how to stop it. The first article I wrote for the Guardian was about civil liberties, after I realised that when threatened, any government will seek to enforce totalitarian, blanket restrictions on the public, their only counter to threats they cannot properly assess, understand or address. The technology of the digital world is a dream come true for the government; the intelligence services, while constantly playing catch-up, do understand the risks, just as the criminal fraternity are slowly learning about it all….
Climate change (remember that?) is going to unhinge society. If you read the Pentagon or Joint Chief’s assessments, civil disorder on a global stage is one of the key threats they believe they will have to address in the future. In successive Quadrennial Defense Reviews, including this latest (PDF), they warn of civil disorder placing demands on armed forces that they are neither trained, equipped or funded for. In other words, their assessment now is of threats not only from abroad, but from within – and they fully expect military involvement in domestic law and order in the near future. The security forces clearly mirror those concerns, given the amount of resources they now employ to spy not just on Russia or China, but on me and you.
They also warn that, at the same time, they will face increasing threats overseas from terrorism, fuelled not only by the hostilities we already comprehend (to some extent) but exacerbated by the privations that climate change is going to visit on us all, predominantly on those who are already so distraught they are prepared to blow themselves up to make their voices heard.(A summary of the Pentagon’s latest report is on DeSmogblog and elsewhere).
Which all serves to remind me that the success of yesterday’s Research Training for Activists event will have to be multiplied and extended several gazillion times if we’re to get anywhere with averting the (?)inevitable.