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  The Green Drawings - I Pledge (in a vault)

Green for money, green for greed, green for nature, green for green deeds.

 

In this latest iteration of their project, we are once more swapping drawings for environmental pledges—albeit this time the drawings are bigger, framed, and exhibited in a fitting setting: a former bank vault in one of the richest countries in the world. The drawings appear to be for free, but accepting a gift always comes at a price.
And the bigger the gift, the bigger the debt.
So let's talk about what we are willing to give.
How do we vote? And what about political responsibility? Should we not turn flygskam into politician's shame?
Don't you think we should make our leaders face up to the fact that eternal economic growth is incompatible with stopping the climate crisis?
Why don't they regulate industries to ensure sustainability? Instead of teaching us responsible consuming (read, individual guilt), should our countries not rather ban enterprises that are effecting the climate negatively when a more sustainable option is available, and hold the people in charge of those activities personally liable for the damages done?
And how about a state that moderates our diets and energy consumption? Are we willing to drive cars just twice per week, fly limited amount of miles, enjoy electricity-free evenings and eat rationed food?
The bigger the gift, the bigger the profit.