Fandango’s Provocative Question #101

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

In my FPQ post a few weeks ago I asked “What do you think are the three most pressing issues facing us today?” Many of you included climate change among the most pressing issues. Marilyn Armstrong suggested we take a deeper dive on climate change. She wanted to know, with initiatives like reducing carbon emissions, cleaning up the the oceans, rivers, streams, and lakes, finding a more realistic way to deal with recycling, moving to clean energy like solar and wind, etc., where do we start when it comes to addressing climate issues?

Since this is an issue that could affect the future of humanity…

Where do you think we should start with respect to climate change? What role should governments play? What can we, as individuals do to help? What steps are you, as an individual, taking? Or do you think climate change is a hoax?

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19 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #101

  1. Irene December 23, 2020 / 7:53 am

    Discontinuing of fossil fuels, and Governments must start then all the way down to individuals. This won’t happen until governments enforce plans with realistic goals, then companies will have to comply, and individuals will have more choices for clean alternatives to cars, equipment, etc. On the other hand, individuals can start by choosing not only to recycle, but to reuse, re-purpose, and reduce producing waste, especially plastic, in the first place.

    I find it incredibly disturbing that now there is more human-made materials than biomass on the planet!

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong December 23, 2020 / 10:22 am

    Great question. Don’t you wonder if the guys in DC are considering this stuff … or figuring it’s not exactly a hoax, but they have plenty of time. It’s the “plenty of time” mentality that has gotten us here and I worry that they won’t move on this quickly enough. Post tomorrow OR Friday. I don’t think this is a Christmas morning post!

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    • Fandango December 23, 2020 / 10:19 pm

      Yes, the guys in DC SHOULD be considering this stuff. I wish they would take it seriously.


  3. Marilyn Armstrong December 23, 2020 / 11:38 am

    Looks like Saturday, the day after Christmas. This holiday season is going to be tough enough without making it worse.

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    • Fandango December 23, 2020 / 10:26 pm

      No worries.


  4. Marleen December 23, 2020 / 11:38 am

    Where we start is not destroying natural habitats (whether what we perceive as simple people live in a place or only animals or plants). But such places (from rainforests to arctic refuge) have, in very recent years as well as for many decades or centuries, been continuingly burned down, leased or stolen for polluting, and they, currently, are being auctioned off (no doubt for pittances at that). If “we” can’t even see this, we are doomed. Handling this is at the government level… big, rich government. Whatever governances indigenous people have are entirely bulldozed over. But money rules, so I don’t think this will change.

    And, no, I don’t mean these places should be used as “offsets” so big corporations can trash up the planet in one part of the earth and get credit or cred somewhere else. (Besides which they often take over against the likes of natives and, thereby, displace other people — who already depend on the environment in a sustainable way — instead taking what the want for their own financial/tax benefit(s) and sales pitches per SRI or ESG gotchas.) So, maybe where we really start is to figure out how to decrease arrogance and greed. Instead, we keep feeding arrogance and greed and hoping it’ll magically work out.

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  5. Marleen December 26, 2020 / 12:59 pm
    Hosts: Josh Fox
    Guests: Antonia Juhasz
    TODAY: A wide ranging conversation with investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz who writes about oil and the climate crisis.
    44 minutes

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    • Marleen December 26, 2020 / 2:08 pm


      JOSH FOX



      {I think some people don’t know the difference between YouTube and youtubeTV; to some extent, that includes myself. Anyway, I watch this particular show on youtubeTV (while it is on YouTube, too, I take it).}

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    • Marleen December 26, 2020 / 4:03 pm

      Here (below) is an article by the guest from “today” [which was technically really from the 23rd of December], at her website. There is quite a lot in the article, so I just picked something different to quote instead of the very beginning.

      Bailout: Billions of Dollars of Federal COVID-19 Relief Money Flow to the Oil Industry

      The Trump administration is spending pandemic money for oil bailouts.
      By Antonia Juhasz | Aug 26 2020 | Sierra


      … But, given that “the Trump administration’s constituents are the corporations, not the people,” she argues, “I’m not surprised this is happening.”

      Plans for oil-industry-specific bailouts were effectively shut down by congressional Democrats. But, with help from congressional Republicans, billions of taxpayer dollars are flowing to the industry. The money is providing a clear lifeline to companies that were long-distressed prior to the pandemic. It is hard to see lasting benefits for workers, however, as many of these same companies slash jobs and benefits. …


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