1. 398 young people were arrested yesterday at the White House, protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. Jamie Henn of 350.org has a quick dispatch here.
“An entire movement has thrown itself into in this Keystone fight, from local frontline groups to big national green organizations,” 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben wrote in an email. “But this weekend shows the power and bravery of some of the most crucial elements: young people, and activists who understand the centrality of environmental justice.”
2. Joe Romm has an important, Oscar-inspired post on climate communications today. He argues:
The two greatest myths about global warming communications are 1) constant repetition of doomsday messages has been a major, ongoing strategy and 2) that strategy doesn’t work and indeed is actually counterproductive!
These two items are related. Nothing can break through the fog of denial about the scale of the problem like the courage and resolve of young people going to jail to make the case. Especially when it’s so difficult to get a reliable read from the news media, one of the best ways to calibrate a threat is by observing the level of urgency with which people respond. By that measure, we’ve got a long, long way to go to close the gap between what we know about the climate threat and how we’re acting.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the protestors for jumping into the breach.