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pvonhellermannn

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Regenerative Anthropology and/as Climate Action

#ClimateDiary; writing book about palm oil; political and historical ecology, climate justice, commoning

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Of course I am truly happy for the 4 hostages and their families to be reunited today. But I cannot stand Western media and leaders celebrating this today without even mentioning that 200 Palestinians were killed during the rescue and that IDF soldiers - as I understand it - came hidden on humanitarian aid trucks, using the humanitarian pier. And that none of this would have been necessary if Israel had accepted any of the ceasefire deals 1/2 https://mastodon.green/@pvonhellermannn/112342311753280104

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A short 🧵 on why is, and should be, a concern for the climate movement. I know the vast majority of you lovely people on here do see the connection, but just in case some of you don't, I wanted to briefly outline this. For me, there are four separate, key reasons why Gaza is not a "distraction"; why all climate activists should speak out on it. 1/5

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🧵 on 2/5

  1. The first reason is the simple fact that the bombardment of Gaza is a complete disaster also in terms of environmental destruction and CO2 emissions. This point is somewhat secondary for me (or rather, should not be paramount for anyone, given the suffering of the people in Gaza), but one that does also need to be made.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/09/emissions-gaza-israel-hamas-war-climate-change

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  1. What does ignoring Gaza say about your kind of environmentalism or climate activism - about what climate activism is for? Historically, some forms of environmentalism have indeed been racist and really problematic (see this article). But this is not what the climate movement now is or should be about. For one, how are you supposed to win global support for climate action if you don't speak up now?

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0308275x03023002002?journalCode=coaa

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🧵 4/5

  1. Unwavering Western support for Israel's onslaught on Gaza has made it crystal clear that our governments do not care about killing of 10,000s of people; about the wholesale destruction of a land. These are not the people to rely on for climate action! They will not do it! The climate movement needs to see this, and indeed many do: there is a real shift in tactics from trying to appeal to those in power to act, to active resistance. is teaching us this.
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🧵 on 5/5

  1. Western support for Israel is directly linked to the fossil fuel industry's decades long hold on Western governments. Please listen to this Breakdown podcast with Adam Hanieh, where he explains how the history of Palestine is bound up with the oil economy and Western imperialism, and why Palestine and the climate crisis demand mutual solidarity.

https://www.break-down.org/post/special-episode-oil-palestine-climate

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I missed this but just started listening - so good and important. Ilan Papee and Pryam Gopal discussing Hall's West and the Rest in relation to Israel/Palestine. You need to understand the longer term geneaology of framings of Israel as the West, Palestine as the Rest.

https://www.stuarthallfoundation.org/resource/reading-the-crisis-the-west-and-the-rest-with-ilan-pappe-and-priyamvada-gopal/#

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Israeli activists have chained themselves to the German Embassy in Tel Aviv to say: #StopArmingIsrael #Gaza

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I want to add this post to our collective Climate Diary, as it’s a good one for noting shifting official discourses. The IEA still talking about 2050, still 1.5°C (an impossible combination, as is evident by now), but at least there is more and mor official recognition of the need for fossil fuels to stop altogether. There ARE changes, just maddeningly slow ones.. https://mstdn.social/@markhburton/112569345405741429

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I take it back! Two weeks in and I AM excited about these elections. I am hopeful that apart from Tory annihilation (yay) and Labour majority (no to neg feelings on this), this will be the election where the really surges, and where hopefully independents like Jeremy Corbyn, Faiza Shaheen and Andrew Feinstein win some seats. In other words, an election where we (eco-socialists) can and do vote for the actual people we want. It’s a start. https://mastodon.green/@pvonhellermannn/112488900685395946

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@simon_brooke just started reading - have to do morning stuff now but will continue later. Thank you for sharing!

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#ClimateDiary I don’t know whether anyone else does this, but with so much I read about what is happening right now, like this on #Arizona and heatstroke measures, I can’t help imagining it both as a document read by later historians (“how it all unfolded”) and as a report from the future - ie, this is what I thought would start happening in the future, if we don’t do anything to prevent it.

It is a lot to process that this really is our reality, right now 1/2

https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cq55e2de7qgo

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2/2 But i also feel we need to do these kind of “stepping back”, imagining-reading-about-a -different-time exercises, to appreciate the enormity of what is happening.

Reading it just like that, it can very quickly all seem entirely normal.

Trying to say: Our reality now IS actually pretty dystopian by any measure (not just climate change, also Gaza, AI, etc), but when you are living through it, every day mundanity dominates and you mostly just don’t notice.

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3/2 By strange serendipity i just came across an older post by myself (by searching “sportsday”, would you believe it). This is an article about how even when you are living right through catastrophic events there csn be a lot of very normal, banal days too. Obviously not always true but chimes with above

https://mastodon.green/@pvonhellermannn/110735561339817980

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@cynblogger i often think about this, too. I watched a really bad “end of world” film with son the other day and there is a scene early on where they drive past someone walking the streets saying “the end is nigh”, one of those people you normally dismiss as crazy.

I always think of this scene now. What if those guys turn out to have been right all along?

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Thank you to all who have voted already - depending on outcome
I might send this to the school!
(And yes i am aware that i didn’t quite manage to ask this in a neutral way.. ) so boosting and if you feel like spreading further that would be great https://mastodon.green/@pvonhellermannn/112562599604671805

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“It was the worst aggression I’ve been subjected to during my work as a journalist,” Nir Hassoun, Haaretz’s reporter, said after he was beaten harshly by settlers during their annual provocative march in .

This picture alone.

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@scottytrees

But were there, too, and did some work protecting people being attacked.

https://x.com/omdimbeyachad/status/1798371416154444102

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I discovered yesterday that our school excludes pupils who have accumulated a certain number of behaviour points from Sports Days and Proms, as a form of punishment. Do you think this pedagogically productive?

(Behaviour points are given for both major and minor infringements, like chatting in class)

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Thank you for everone who participated in this poll ⬆️! That was a new one for me - poll as catharthis, and it really worked. Thank you! Still pondering whether to send the poll outcome to the school, maybe with something along these lines … seriously, Govian UK schools are not providing the education our children need.

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Yep, this is where we are at.

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adding this Alan Rusbridger article: about @wblau showing the above graph ⬆️ and others to the Dutch king and queen, anongst a room full of journalist; reflecting on the contrasting absence of discussion in UK elections.

https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/world/environment-news/climate/66676/the-climate-crisis-has-gone-woke-can-king-charles-save-us?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=shared_link

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Half thinking of starting an hashtag here, about the dire, dire state of UK (global?) higher education. Sharing nuggets of senior management decisions, neoliberal language, and overall slow collapse.

Won’t work of course because most of us can’t risk honesty, but honestly: the everyday reality of what is happening deserves recording in all its depressing and damning detail.

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if anyone wants to know what Stage 2 of the redundancy process is like:

with mitigation forms.

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