Bill McKibben, författare, klimataktivist och medgrundare av organisationen 350.org, skriver i en längre artikel i New Republic att världen befinner sig i krig.

Han menar samtidigt att politikerna ännu inte har förstått krigets potentiella omfattning och därför hittills misslyckats med att mobilisera både människor och resurser för att möta detta hot.

If Nazis were the ones threatening destruction on such a global scale today, America and its allies would already be mobilizing for a full-scale war.

McKibben, som 2014 var i Sverige för att ta emot The Right Livelihood Award, och som tidigare i år riktade skarp kritik mot den svenska regeringen för planerna på att sälja Vattenfalls brunkolsverksamhet till ett tjeckiskt energibolag som hoppas på en renässans för kolkraften i Europa, utvecklar sitt resonemang så här i artikeln:

Carbon and methane now represent the deadliest enemy of all time, the first force fully capable of harrying, scattering, and impoverishing our entire civilization.

We’re used to war as metaphor: the war on poverty, the war on drugs, the war on cancer. Usually this is just a rhetorical device, a way of saying, “We need to focus our attention and marshal our forces to fix something we don’t like.” But this is no metaphor. By most of the ways we measure wars, climate change is the real deal: Carbon and methane are seizing physical territory, sowing havoc and panic, racking up casualties, and even destabilizing governments. (Over the past few years, record-setting droughts have helped undermine the brutal strongman of Syria and fuel the rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria.) It’s not that global warming is like a world war. It is a world war. Its first victims, ironically, are those who have done the least to cause the crisis. But it’s a world war aimed at us all. And if we lose, we will be as decimated and helpless as the losers in every conflict–except that this time, there will be no winners, and no end to the planetwide occupation that follows.

The question is not, are we in a world war? The question is, will we fight back? And if we do, can we actually defeat an enemy as powerful and inexorable as the laws of physics?

I artikeln förklarar Bill McKibben att det trots allt finns goda chanser att ställa om samhällena, inte minst på grund av potentialen i förnybar energi.

Turning out more solar panels and wind turbines may not sound like warfare, but it’s exactly what won World War II: not just massive invasions and pitched tank battles and ferocious aerial bombardments, but the wholesale industrial retooling that was needed to build weapons and supply troops on a previously unprecedented scale. Defeating the Nazis required more than brave soldiers. It required building big factories, and building them really, really fast.

Hela artikeln, A World at War, går att läsa i New Republic.