Even though Jim Vint’s letter (July 9) is meant to be sarcastic and snotty, it deserves a serious reply. He accuses the SLO City Council of “tokenism” for voting to divest the city from fossil fuels.
This accusation is somewhat true, but there is nothing wrong with tokenism. In other words, sometimes a symbolic act is the only practical one.
Vint suggests that the city stop using electricity or cars. Clearly, these sarcastic suggestions are not practical. Divesting from fossil fuels is. But is it a useless, token gesture? Taken in isolation, it probably is, but the idea is to build support and momentum until a real effect is achieved. That’s how political movements work.