Clowning Around For The Climate

Ray Katz
3 min readJun 8, 2024

Our leaders are a joke — but we aren’t. That doesn’t mean we can’t use humor.

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Our leaders are clowns. Worldwide, they’ve done nothing about the climate crisis except to help fossil fuel companies make it worse — for profit.

What really makes this absurd is that we — ordinary people — are doing all of the work for them. WE are carrying out their orders to destroy our children’s future. Now, we do this for a number of reasons.

Mostly, it’s because everyone is doing it. There’s an inertia. Nobody wants to stand out and stand up. It would make us vulnerable to ridicule and worse — punishment. We could lose our jobs, or even get arrested or killed. That depends on what we do and where we do it. It depends on who feels threatened by us.

When we do something sane, like try to stop climate collapse, people who are stark-raving mad — like political leaders, businessmen, and their propagandists — ignore us and when that becomes impossible, they stop us.

But to stop us, they require obedience from workers, from policemen, people from both government and business, to arrest us, to publicly ridicule us, to break up our protests with batons and bullets. They need people to do their work.

The thing is, those people are spouses and parents and siblings and children and friends…



Ray Katz

Internet pioneer. But I’m most interested in stabilizing the Earth’s climate and promoting our common humanity.