Climate Change and “The Hallam Model” of Non-Violent Direct Action

The ‘Hallam Model’ of non-violent, direct action is derived from research into successful interventions from past conflicts. But if we compare the scale of climate change with the scale of past conflicts and interventions from which that research was drawn, we see an enormous difference.  The two are simply not commensurable. There is no precedent in human history for the scale of climate change. In truth, climate change is not a problem to be solved any more than a typhoon is a problem to be solved. Like a typhoon, climate change is a force to be reckoned with. Trying to stop climate change is like trying to stop a typhoon. Only wishful thinking and our inveterate techno-hubris, often posing as ‘the indomitable human spirit,’ would allow us to think we can stop a typhoon: ditto for climate change.

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