Zombie presents an interesting theory about the dissolution of the climate change movement. Apparently, there have been an increasing number of groups arraigning “dances” against climate change, in the same noble traditions of dances for peace in the ’60s. Zombie observes this to be a death-throe of the climate alarmists.
My thesis is that once any movement begins to engage in hollow, ridiculous and futile gestures (such as “dancing for” anything), it’s an indicator that the movement has run out of steam and will soon go extinct. It is therefore with great interest that I’ve been noticing not just the strange new outbreak and continuous barrage of climate change dances but more significantly an upcoming lecture being given at U.C. Berkeley entitled Mitigating Global Warming Through Art — Exploring the Importance of Music for the Change of Lifestyles. The listing for the talk (given by visiting lecturer Maximilian Mayer at U.C. Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies) notes that “Music in general and art in particular seems to be a promising Archimedean point for multiple new life styles. Performing music and dancing combine the advantages of those three alternative approaches. Additionally, they may be powerful enough to substitute the culture of consumerism since they enable a creativity-based self-autonomy as well as cultural self-sufficiency.” In other words, not only have the global warming alarmists started dancing in a last-ditch attempt to save the planet, but they have now even developed an academic pseudo-scientific theory as to why dancing is a necessary and perhaps the only remaining way to prevent the climate from changing.
Of course, I’m being a little cruel, since the climate dancers (one hopes) don’t actually think that the dancing itself will directly fix the problem. Rather, a closer analysis of the lecture shows that the act of dancing is intended to not only serve as a propaganda tool but more importantly will help to “enable a creativity-based self-autonomy” which will then allow us to “overcome the hegemonic consumerist environment.” Also, get laid.
I think that this theory, while possibly a little silly, is quite sound. The more pointless the activities to promote a cause, the less momentum that cause has. I also can’t help but wonder if this in a further indication of the religoius nature of the environmental movement. Do these dances count as worship ceremonies? Are they truly propaganda events, or are they seeking to spark a religous conversion experience? There’s a whole other thesis in this.
The entire article can be read at Pajamas Media.