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Media Type: News / Op - Ed
Date of Publication: August 3, 2016
Year of Publication: 2016
Publisher: Guardian News and Media Limited
Author(s): George Monbiot
The media largely relegate the greatest challenge facing humanity to footnotes as industry and politicians hurtle us towards systemic collapse of the planet
George Monbiot considers recent evidence of the climate crisis we are already facing, and takes a critical look at why it is largely absent from media coverage and consequently public discourse.
What is salient is not important. What is important is not salient. The media turns us away from the issues that will determine the course of our lives, and towards topics of brain-melting irrelevance.
If humanity fails to prevent climate breakdown, the industry that bears the greatest responsibility is not transport, farming, gas, oil or even coal. All of them can behave as they do, shunting us towards systemic collapse, only with a social licence to operate. The problem begins with the industry that, wittingly or otherwise, grants them this licence: the one for which I work.