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Doom, Gloom, or new Broom?

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The GDC's instant rejection of the climate emergency petition last December was an appalling and cowardly insult to young citizens, giving the appearance of being decided before the event. Councillors were unable to contemplate reordering their priorities.

The reactions since continue to exhibit fear of what a sufficient response to the emergency would involve. Fear — and understandable ignorance. Nationally and internationally, there is almost no leadership on the economic changes required. Economics is the going religion, and there is near-universal dread of committing blasphemy. Yet it is to recession economics, not technology, that we must look.

Without industrial de-escalation, energy and material alternatives are too slow to meet the crisis, although they should be developed as the second response. Orderly retreat, however, can swiftly eliminate WASTE industries — Wasteful, Alienating, Stressful, Toxic or Exploiting. Stopping or slowing destructive........

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