NO MORE BUSINESS AS USUAL: How To Not-Play
In 2013, a programmer named Tom Murphy VII designed an AI that could teach itself to play Nintendo Entertainment System games. Determined not to lose at Tetris, the AI simply pressed pause — and kept the game frozen. “Truly, the only winning move is not to play,” observed Murphy.
Not playing has begun in at least two cities of the world: London and Paris, and although in Paris that bilious yellow color means insurgency, in London it means cops, who made over 1,000 arrests this week:
Organizers know that until there is serious disruption as there is now in London, and in Paris when 14 enviro agencies joined the Gilet Jaunes at La Défense for 8 hours, blockading, Total and Societe General, nothing serious can happen, and although Extinction Rebellion made circulating in London impossible all week, with strategic blockades stalling traffic from five key points, only a handful of insurgents turned up here on Market Street in San Francisco where Extinction Rebellion-U.S. held its artful debut on April 19. And while four protesters glued themselves to buildings in Los Angeles, and in Portland, 11 activists were arrested for building a garden across train tracks to protest expansion of an oil terminal, these efforts, like pilot ants announcing a full bore invasion, are puny still, compared to the scope of what is urgently needed.
London and Paris are located on the western tip of a tiny peninsula that puffed up people like to call Europe, but which isn‘t even a continent, and of those four serious ones remaining, with the possible exception of Australia, three have been dragging their climate feet. Worldwide, there are 66 cities projected to have over 10 million inhabitants by 2030, and there are 467 cities of under 5 million; and 598 under one million, in other words a total of 1131 cities worldwide.
With 2 down, and 1129 cities to go, not playing has begun in major cities in a tiny portion of the Earth. That’s a start. But if in less than one year, the radical new cultural behavior we need to see to stop climate collapse, let alone reverse it, doesn’t catch fire in at least half these cities, the human race is toast and quite literally most of the planet’s other living things are, too (‘Coming Mass Extinction Caused by Human Destruction Could Wipe Out 1 Million Species Warns UN Draft Report).
Radical new cultural behavior is the goal. What does it look like?
Where do you think Ford Bikes got their idea? David Rovic’s e-mail this week tells a simple story: while he lived in the Long Island suburbs as a teen ager, he rode a bike everywhere he wanted to go, but no sooner had he passed his driving test, he traded his good habits for a car. Oslo is now a car-free city, and guess what? Pedestrians window shop. Business has gone up.
The U. S. has been at war now for a straight 17 years. One of its favorite motivators is what it likes to call regime change (synonym for oil grab). In history’s first, activists are now occupying the Venezuelan embassy to prevent the U.S. from illegally seizing a building that belongs to the oil-rich country of Venezuela, whose duly elected government it is trying to overthrow.
As a consumer of fossil fuels, the U.S. is the Earth’s chief polluter, responsible for 17% of the world’s carbon footprint. 93% of that carbon foot print comes from military use. One year of peace would allow the U.S. to drop its use of fossil fuel to not quite 20% of what it uses today.
That is why war, and the war industry must be disrupted if the U.S. ever hopes to have a chance of surviving the ravages of climate change such as floods, fires, drought, disease, human migrations, and devastating storms. The Pentagon and all military bases world-wide — one thousand of them — must be occupied and shut down if humanity is to have so much as a prayer of surviving.
Not playing is the tactic, and who can argue with a tactic sanctioned even by the Buddha. But even beyond a Not Playing Campaign, the scope of any effective effort to combat climate change would have far to exceed even the U.S. World War II national effort, including cultivating victory gardens to entirely reconfigure how food is grown and distributed, rationing (now it would be called downsizing, or powering down), and drafting workers to install solar panels on every single building, and the infrastructure to maintain it, to cite just a few essential nation-wide mitigations.
Sign the petition demanding that climate change questions must be in cluded in the upcoming presidential debates.
Tell determined-to-be-fossils at the Democratic National Committee to add climate to the national discussion at:
Demand Congress protect vital environmental programs at https://www.paction.us/epa-budget-cuts/foe-action
Tell the U.S. State Department’s Office of Foreign Missions that opposition leader Juan Guaidó has no legal right to take over the Venezuelan Embassy in D.C. at
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