Environmentally Speaking, Is It Time To Panic Yet? Is it time to put away our good intentions and get tough?

Yes to both. The Context: I recently read And The Band Played On, a history of the early years of the AIDS plague, primarily based on the United States and the emerging gay communities on the east and west coasts. As AIDS became more and more serious, killing more and more people, some activists wanted to hit the panic button, be brutally honest about the fact that sexual practices were a large part of its spread and use explicit sexual education to contain the plague. They were told for years that they were being alarmist, that there would be a backlash from the authorities and that people would be paralyzed by the truth rather than confronting it. Finally, with hundreds a day dying, a few dared to say the truth as loudly as possible. And that was the turning point.

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On Sept 19, 2023 ahead of the Climate Ambition Summit in New York City, climate activists gathered for a rally and civil disobedience outside Bank of America Tower in Midtown Manhattan as part of the March to End Fossil Fuels wave of actions resulting in multiple arrests. Activists demand Bank of America to “Defund Climate Chaos and Defend Human Rights” Photo: Erik McGregor (CC BY-NC 2.0 Deed)

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