“Gaslighting means to manipulate someone’s perception of reality so that they doubt their own sanity. Right now, we are seeing world leaders, government ministers, editors of major media, all lining up to try to gaslight us, their citizens, the public. They want us to disbelieve our own eyes and ears, our own minds, reasoning and emotions — because the alternative is simply impossible for them to bear. They cannot bear the fact, the reality, that a new generation is rising up and raising its voice, showing its power through striking and non-violent civil disobedience, demanding a habitable planet, and thus casting a bright spotlight on the older generation’s abject failure to curb the power of fossil-fueled industries and halt climate breakdown.
“Remember this line of attack, inoculate yourselves against it, because you will be seeing it again and again as this movement rises up.
“The reality is, of course, that the students are responding to external events: they are responding to the destruction of their future life chances by current and past generations. They are reading and learning about the science of climate change, the recent IPCC report on the immense dangers of overshooting 1.5 degrees of warming, about threats to biodiversity and life on earth, about the destruction of species and ecosystems. They are casting fresh eyes on an immense problem, that previous generations (including mine) have only allowed to get worse, and they are standing up against it. They are not waiting for anyone to waste their precious time, their precious lives. They are not in the sway of any influence except the calling of a better future.”
Read the full story by Professor Julia Steinberger, ecological economist at the University of Leeds; research focus on living well within planetary limits….
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