Climate and democracy are what I call meta-issues – issues which impact virtually every other issue and therefore, I believe, have priority over all other issues. This is a controversial assertion. But I want to stress that it comes not from denial of the importance of other issues, but from caring about them from a big enough perspective to see that they can’t be successfully addressed in isolation from these two all-pervading issues which have the power to make or break everything else we are doing.
After receiving my last message, an organizer for Sunday’s mega-People’s Climate March in NYC (and elsewhere) asked me what I thought of it. [Note: This post was written after the subsequent post about research and polarization, but mistakenly posted before it.]
While urging anyone who feels called to attend this important mega-demonstration to do so if they can, I want to give a more nuanced response to the organizer who wrote to me, and to share it with you here.
It has been joked that all people are equal but some are more equal than others.
In a similar vein, I would suggest that all issues are important and interconnected, but some are more important and interconnected than others.
Take climate and democracy.