The wartime name and imagery is super gross.
I don’t like the name or the patriotic/wartime messaging and imagery. It seems like tone deaf marketing from a bunch of privileged white folks who aren’t concerned about ending colonialism and imperialism. This is such a good example of the privilege and class issues in the climate movement."
But, this example may be helpful because we have mobilized like this before so we know we can do it and it is a fight, a battle. The fossil fuel industry is a powerful opponent and the climate catastrophe can be seen as a war, as McKibben says, as having no mercy and who is winning.
I believe that this approach is pragmatic if you…1) believe that the scale of such an enormous structural and systematic change to institutions, industries, public will require governmental leadership- 2) believe that the change must have wide participation to foment the power needed to force the government to lead 3) see an opportunity in the Democratic party platform (due to Bernie’s and McKibben’s insistence) to set the nation in motion for a WWII style effort 4)looking for methods to engage a wider participation by pulling on the ‘patriotic/historic’ heartstrings 5) see that the time table is very short (under ten years) to mitigate global warming.
Can you elaborate further on how the Victory Plan exemplifies privilege and class issues in the climate movement? Are you talking about aesthetics or content?
That’s right, Jenny. The WWII mobilization analogy is meant to empower people. We have a lot of power if we recognize it and work together with others in a strategic, coordinated way.
Yes, that’s precisely right. We do believe that:
- It will require governmental leadership
- Believe it will require wide participation – a national unity government and broad support from a supermajority of the population
- Bernie’s people & McKibben backed us up – but it was Russell Greene, Tom Weis, David Braun, me, Margaret, and someone else who were the core people involved in getting it through the platform committee
- We do see patriotism as a very important part of the campaign, and by no means inherently imperialist or colonialist – there are powerful examples of anti-war, anti-imperial, and anti-racist patriotism in U.S. history (look at civil rights movement photos, they are waving American flags)
- Yes, time table is very short