NSW Greens politician Cate Faehrmann wrote of her disappointment at the low numbers attending the school climate strike today. CM wonders whether apathy is the penultimate stage to extinction?
CM finds it hard to reconcile how Faehrmann has only just started to realize there is a need to “develop new strategies.”
Not a massive crowd at today’s Strike 4 Climate in Sydney and I’m sure our opponents will use that against us. However, it’s not surprising so close to a demoralising election result for us climate activists. It doesn’t mean we stop protesting. We have to keep going.
For now though, we take stock, recover and then get back to work on building support for urgent action to address the climate emergency upon us. That means absolutely continuing to campaign like we know how, because the hundreds of thousands of you who have been working for climate action have been bloody effective in raising the issue to the top of the national agenda. However, we also have to develop new strategies to reach new audiences to win. We need to build new alliances and develop a greater understanding of people’s motivations and values. We need to be prepared to work with everyone over the next few years because as long as we continue to frame this as a ‘fight’ on climate change against the conservatives, winning for the ‘right’ is stopping genuine action.
It’s going to be the toughest thing we’ve ever done but we have to broaden support beyond those who voted for climate action last weekend. Do you think it’s possible? How? I’d really love your thoughts on this.
Here’s a suggestion – try debating in open forums with facts not feelings. No hysteria. It will really help. Belittling skeptics by screaming through megaphones and brainwashing children aren’t activities that win over the majority of the public you wish to sway.