“We have met the enemy, and he is us” – Walt Kelly
The protest I refer to is the climate protest that took place in New York on Monday where the guy in the polar bear costume was arrested (note: I’m not talking about the larger protest on Sunday). The protest was intended to send a message to Wall Street. They wanted Wall Street to know that it had to stop destroying the environment and instead invest in renewable energy. They wanted Wall Street to know that they’re angry.
Sadly, I think the only message that the protesters actually conveyed went like this:
“We do this to feel better than everyone else.”
This really makes me wonder just how strong the drugs they’re using really are. Alternatively, they could be doing their best to beat Occupy Wall Street’s record level of ineffectiveness. Consider polar bear guy’s bio in the Washington Post piece linked to above.
“Galvin lives in Shelter Cove, Calif. and once worked as a government contract wildlife researcher. He wears the polar bear suit to provoke discussion. (And because the kids love it.) “I want people to think of climate change in a different way,” he said. “We’re in a crisis, and our economy is driving it. We’re all in danger.” Wall Street, he said, needs to invest in renewable energy — the kind that doesn’t “destroy our planet.” After police ordered protesters to disperse Monday, the polar bear parked his fuzzy behind at the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street, a block from the Stock Exchange. He was among about 100 protesters arrested. Twitter noticed.”
I guess the logic looks something like this.
- The greedy assholes on Wall Street fund big oil companies and haven’t invested in renewable energy because they’re greedy/evil.
- They really are so evil that they’ll “fund global destruction” just to make a little more money. They also cause carbon emissions.
- Occupy Wall Street failed to change anything about how Wall Street operates.
- There are no consequences if Wall Street suddenly stops funding activity harmful to the environment in any way all of the sudden.
- So we’ll block traffic and some of us will dress as polar bears to protest Wall Street.
ProfitWall Street suddenly finds its heart, climate change is stopped, and everyone lives happily ever after.
All this does is make people associate environmentalism with crazy people.