The situation in the Ukraine continues to escalate and the climate implications cannot be understated. We have dedicated a whole section of this newsletter to talk about it in depth below.
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We want to share a few words about the escalating situation in the Ukraine:
Let us state first and foremost that we are devastated by this war and mourn with the rest of the world as we are forced to watch a country destroyed by the greed of another country’s leaders. It is not a reach to say that the same power-hoarding that has led to this political crisis drives the climate crisis. And with that in mind we want to note that among the humanitarian, refugee, and geopolitical consequences the world is grappling with, the climate implications (both risks and opportunities) are gargantuan and cannot be overstated.
For example, Germany canceled the NordStream 2 fossil gas line with Russia immediately after the invasion started, and has since declared a commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2035 – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Bill McKibbon wrote a “Heat Pumps for Peace” article, which has since made its way to White House discussions, detailing how the U.S. can support the people of Ukraine and further energy security goals by rapidly decarbonizing and eliminating reliance on petro-state dictators. Over 200 organizations, including TCM, have once again called with invigorated energy on Biden to declare a climate emergency and utilize the Defense Production Act to rapidly transition away from fossil fuels. Again we can clearly see that tackling the climate crisis means tackling all that it is interconnected with, including fascism.
But the conflict has also brought old bigotries to the surface — there are no shortage of examples of selective treatment of refugees from a “European” conflict, as opposed to refugees from many other parts of the world. And even within that selective treatment, African refugees from the same country are being denied the right to evacuate. To put it plainly, a Just Transition is not possible while people of color are treated as less worthy of compassion than white people. Whether a refugee comes from Ukraine, from Afghanistan, or from a California fire zone — everyone will need to commit to each other’s humanity because the crisis threatens all of us.
There’s another character in this story that must be named: Oil and gas corporations. For decades, these fossil fuel companies have undermined America’s security and enabled petrostate dictators like Putin, but also facilitated atrocities of similar regimes like Saudi Arabia and the ongoing bombing campaigns in Yemen. Although American oil majors like Exxon have pulled out of the Gazprom project in Russia, they continue to use war to lobby for more fossil fuel reliance, more drilling, and currently are price gouging and profiting off the conflict. It is a good step to see some members of Congress call for a windfall profits tax on oil and gas — the fight against these agents of inhumanity has entered a new stage, and we can all do our part by joining the climate movement and making sure nobody ever needs their product ever again.
Checkout part three of “Hoodwinked in the Hot House,” a webinar co-hosted and organized by Hoodwinked Collaborative and The New School, focusing on making sure that federal and state funds meant to fight climate change are not taken by corporations offering false solutions. Along with debunking false solutions, this webinar will highlight inspiring stories of success led by environmental justice communities.
This panel was preceded by Hoodwinked in the Hothouse I: Examining False Corporate Schemes being advanced through the Paris Agreement, and by Hoodwinked in the Hothouse Part II: Frontline Voices of Indigenous Resistance beyond Climate False Solutions. The recording of these events is available here and here.
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