While noted academic and activist Noam Chomsky renewed this week his description of the modern Republican Party in the U.S. as the “most dangerous organization in human history,” his evidence for that argument is partly based on their wholesale refusal to recognize—let alone taken action on—the planetary threat of global warming caused by carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.
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“The Republican Party is simply a major threat to—not only to the country, but to human survival,” Chomsky said on Democracy Now! on Monday. “I’ve said in the past that I think they’re the most dangerous organization in human history, on the issue of climate change alone, and I think that’s worth repeating.”
As climate activists warned ahead of Tuesday’s national elections, people have plenty of reasons they should come out and vote this year, but few will have as long-lasting implications than voting out of power those who stand in the way of addressing the existential threat posed by habitat destruction, climate catastrophe, and the ultimate destabilization of systems that have existed since the dawn of human civilization.
“There’s too much at stake in this year’s elections to NOT do everything we can,” said 350 Action, the U.S. political advocacy arm of the global climate group, on Monday. “If you’re a climate voter, get out there and VOTE—but if you can, don’t stop there. Make calls. Knock doors. Talk to friends. Take action like the planet depends on it. Because it does.”
While Palmer at the UN said things appear dire, she said there is no reason whatsoever to give up hope or be complacent.
“Things are moving. There is a lot of goodwill,” she said about global efforts to make change, including this month’s UN-sponsored summit in Egypt designed to build a better framework for managing the world’s ecosystems and wildlife.
“We should be aware of the dangers but not paralyzed by inaction,” Palmer explained. “It’s still in our hands but the window for action is narrowing. We need higher levels of political and citizen will to support nature.”
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