Democracy Now! 今年五月十二日報導，The Yesmen 組織「宣稱」以 Halliburton 公司代表身份，於全球保險業者在美國佛羅里達州 Ritz-Carlton 的年度會議 “Catastrophic Loss"（大災難的損失）上發表的演講，以及他們以 Halliburton 公司名義推出的經理人在全球氣候變遷的危險下的個人安全解決方案：「救命球」（Survival ball）。
Insurance firms are also concerned with a special-case definition of “safety,” which is the safety of people. Because their own safety depends so much on this special-case definition of safety, insurance has become extremely worried about some grave new dangers to people that we’re seeing in the world around us today. And I’m, of course, talking about climate change and the disasters that it brings.
To make things worse, there are some who believe that this is only the start and that the sort of experiences we have seen here are just the minor beginning to what could happen. For example, Arctic melt has slowed the Gulf Stream by about 30% in the last decade; if it stopped, Europe would become just as cold as Alaska.
It could go the other way: methane released from melting permafrost could cause a heating cycle, a feedback loop, as we call it, making human life essentially unlivable outside air-conditioned hotels like this one.
But panicking is not the answer either, of course. If we panic and try to stop climate change, 70% of carbon emissions have to come to a stop immediately, which would be a rather huge blow to our way of doing business.
But I can personally guarantee you that level heads will always be able to turn lemons into lemonade.
Consider the Black Plague. This was an unspeakably rotten event, of course, in which one-third of Europe’s population died in great agony. No one, of course, would wish such a thing on any civilization. Yet without it, without the Black Plague, the old business models of Europe would never have been overturned by the entrepreneurs of the Renaissance. And what would the world be without the Mona Lisa?
Or, closer to home, how about the Great Deluge? This world-ending disaster, literally, was surely seen as a terrible catastrophe by Noah’s contemporaries, and perhaps by Noah himself. Yet Noah was ready to seize the day, and at the end of that day, not only was there a whole new world, but Noah found himself with a monopoly of the animals.
Innovations like these could turn some major disasters into as humdrum a fact of life as glaucoma, meningitis or gallstones are to the medical insurance industry today.
For those of us in positions of responsibility, however, who might have to take charge in a crisis, even more innovative solutions are necessary. We can’t be satisfied with survival. We have to guarantee, at every instant, the capacity and resources to keep our thumbs firmly on the triggers of progress.
感謝 Asyura 的細心介紹，你如今可以在 Google Video 上看到全本的米高梅 The Yes Men 電影。還有他們的「雇員視覺化裝備」喲！