Giving Up on Mother Earth is Playing Into the Hands of Her Enemies

Ray Katz
5 min readAug 11, 2022

There are literally billions of us who could and would expel every world leader tomorrow, put young climate activists in charge, and begin a worldwide emergency program devised by climate scientists to repair the Earth. Here’s why we haven’t done so yet, and why we might still do it.

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Who the hell knew that so many people thought the world was ruled by plutocrats, that the wealthy are in charge and abusing power, and that millions of people would make a scene publicly, stand up and call out the ruling class?

Where the hell did Occupy come from? And what does this have to do with our climate crisis?

A Secret Movement That Even the Members Don’t Yet Know Exists

Nearly everything we read and see assumes that the world simply is how it is and it isn’t going to change. We pick leaders, however imperfectly, and those leaders do what they can. Politics is the art of the possible.

Leaders are trying to fix the climate crisis, but there are other concerns and factors — jobs, the economy, different political ideologies. Progress is slow, but it is happening. We have to simply be patient, to wait and to hope for the best.

We pick leaders and those leaders have the power. If we don’t like what they are doing, we can pick different leaders.

Now here’s something you may not realize: millions and perhaps billions of us are convinced this is bullshit. You may think that only a small impotent minority are rebels who see the truth — that our leaders have failed, they take bribes from the wealthy, policy is for sale to the highest bidder and, if we don’t do something very different, our climate will collapse.

It’s not just you and a tiny bunch of powerless people who see this. It’s many, many millions, perhaps billions who know this.

This is how Occupy went from a single action on Wall Street to a gigantic worldwide movement visible everywhere in a matter of weeks. It’s how income inequality and the 99% vs. the 1% became a thing. It already WAS a thing for millions — perhaps billions — of people. But nobody knew, including those who became participants in the movement.

Ray Katz

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