Daily Archives: December 13, 2012

‘I’d rather fight like hell’: Naomi Klein’s fierce new resolve to fight for climate justice

http://thephoenix.com/Boston/news/148879-id-rather-fight-like-hell-naomi-kleins-fierce/

‘I’d rather fight like hell’: Naomi Klein’s fierce new resolve to fight for climate justice

By WEN STEPHENSON | December 12, 2012Naomi Klein, black-clad and sharp-tongued mistress of the global anti-corporate left, friend to Occupiers and scourge of oil barons, stood outside a dressing room backstage at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre one night last month, a clear-eyed baby boy on her hip.

“I’m really trying not to play the Earth Mother card,” Klein told me over the phone the week before, as she talked about bringing Toma, her first child, into the world. But she didn’t need to worry.

Inside the dressing room, she’d been fielding questions from a small gaggle of young reporters alongside 350.org’s Bill McKibben, who had invited her to play a key role in the 21-city “Do the Math” climate-movement roadshow that arrived at the sold-out Orpheum that night. With a laugh, Klein noted to the reporters that McKibben’s devastatingRolling Stone article last summer, “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math” — revealing that the fossil-fuel industry has five times more carbon in its proven reserves, which it intends to extract, than the science says can be burned if we want to avoid climate catastrophe — had received no industry pushback.

“I mean, that’s remarkable, for a piece like that, to not feel the need to correct the record in any way? Actually, we don’t plan to destroy the planet.”   ….(more).

Read more: http://thephoenix.com/boston/news/148879-id-rather-fight-like-hell-naomi-kleins-fierce/#ixzz2EyyxZIkB

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120
Food-Matters http://Food-Matters.TV

Big Challenges

On-Point-Challenge

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon in 1969. (NASA)http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/12/13/big-challenges

December 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Big Challenges

Once we went to the Moon. Now we make smartphone apps. We’ll talk about really taking on our big challenges, with big ambition again. Cancer. The climate. Sky’s the limit.

There was a time – and not so long ago – when Americans believed they could do anything. And they did. Learned to fly. Conquered polio. Walked on the moon. Then something happened. Science went on. And innovation.

But the breakthroughs seemed smaller. Smartphone apps, not moonwalks. We have huge challenges in this century. We need huge breakthroughs again. On energy, water, cancer, climate change. What’s in the way? How do we do it?

This hour, On Point: accomplishing really big things again.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Jason Pontin, editor in chief of the MIT Technology Review. You can find their issue on big ideas here.

David Keith, professor of applied physics at Harvard University School of Engineering and professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Jeffrey Grossman, professor of materials science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Committee for Future Generations | No Nuclear Waste in Northern Saskatchewan

http://committeeforfuturegenerations.wordpress.com/

Committee for Future Generations

No Nuclear Waste in Northern Saskatchewan

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

IISD RS @ Development and Climate Days and Adaptation Practitioners Days, 1-2 December 2012, Doha, Qatar

Climate-development-Dohahttp://www.iisd.ca/climate/cop18/dcapd/intro.html
Development and Climate (D&C) Days and Adaptation Practitioners Days will take place simultaneously on 1 and 2 December 2012 at the Ezdan Hotel in Doha, Qatar, during the 2012 UN Climate Change Conference.

D&C Days, an event that will celebrate its 10th anniversary this time, will focus on “innovative approaches, incisive dialogue on climate-smart development.” The focus will be on learning-by-doing, featuring innovative dialogues between negotiators and policy makers, knowledge centres and practitioners. It is organized in a new partnership between the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Climate and Development Network (CDKN).

Adaptation Practitioners Days, meanwhile, is a new interactive event that will bring together pioneers of adaptation to share experiences of climate-resilient development in action, and address the question “what is adaptation in practice?” It will also share lessons learned from more than 10 years of innovative adaptation financing through the Funds established under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund. The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) will facilitate Adaptation Practitioners Days in collaboration with the Secretariat of the UNFCCC, and under the sponsorship of the Governments of Germany, the Gambia and Tuvalu.

IISD RS will be providing daily digital coverage and a summary report of both meetings on Wednesday, 5 December 2012. ...(more).

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Climate Change Stories – Democracy Now

DN-Climate-Changehttp://www.democracynow.org/topics/climate_change

For years, Democracy Now! has closely followed the issues of global warming and climate change. We reported live from the three recent U.N. Climate Change Conferences in Doha, Durban, Cancún, and Copenhagen. In addition, we attended the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change hosted by Bolivia in 2010. We have interviewed many of the world’s top scientists, writers, policy makers, activists, indigenous leaders and academics who focus on these issues. We also continue to follow the local and global environmental movements who are organizing to directly confront the root causes of global warming, advocate for climate justice, and to provide sustainable alternatives.

Cambridge Climate Research Associates
http://Climate-Research.Com http://Climate-Research.TV
Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

VIDEO: Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on Climate Change: “We Must Go from Capitali sm to Socialism”

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2012/12/12/video_venezuelan_president_hugo_chavez_on_climate_change_we_must_go_from_capitalism_to_socialism
As Venezuela says President Hugo Chávez has undergone successful cancer surgery in Cuba, we revisit a 2009 interview in which he discusses climate change and President Obama. Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman spoke with Chávez at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. He called the summit undemocratic and accused world leaders of only seeking a face-saving agreement. “We must reduce all the emissions that are destroying the planet,” said Chávez. “That requires a change in the economic model: we must go from capitalism to socialism.”

Global Climate Change http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre130
Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

WITNESS – YouTube Channel

http://www.youtube.com/user/Witness?feature=watch

See it. Film it. Change it.

WITNESS is a human rights organization the uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. We empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.

Our channel includes excerpts from videos on a wide-range of human rights abuses- co-produced by WITNESS and our locally-based partners around the world.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Pablo Fajardo – ELAW Interview Series


Witness

Uploaded on Sep 10, 2009

From http://www.witness.org | Pablo Fajardo Mendoza is the lead attorney representing 30,000 indigenous people from the Ecuadorean Amazon in a landmark $27 billion lawsuit against Chevron-Texaco.

According to the plaintiffs, the oil giant dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater into the rainforest since it began operating in the region in 1964, resulting in one of the worst environmental and humanitarian disasters in history.

The plaintiffs also allege that the environmental pollution has created a “death zone” in an area the size of the Rhode Island, resulting in increased rates of cancer, leukemia, birth defects, and a multiplicity of other health ailments. Chevron vociferously fights the claims, charging that the case is a complete fabrication, perpetrated by “environmental con men” who are seeking to line their pockets with the company’s billions. (From: CrudeTheMovie.com)

The legal battle – now entering its 15th year – is the subject of Joe Berlinger’s new documentary CRUDE, which opens in NY on September 9 2009 (learn more about the film here and also watch an interview with filmmaker Joe Berlinger here).

We spoke to Pablo in March 2009 at the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide meeting in Oregon. In our conversation, Pablo talks about his own personal story – growing up in the region and then studying law to be able to defend his community in the legal case against Chevron.

In 2008, Pablo was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his work.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Chevron Texaco Ecuador Lawsuit – Behind the Scenes


TexacoEcuador·

Uploaded on Apr 15, 2009

View detailed interviews with experts on the case. Learn more about why the lawsuit in Ecuador against Chevron and Texaco should be dismissed.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120

Six sins of green washing


plasticsnews·

Uploaded on Dec 16, 2008

Scot Case outlines his six sins of green washing — misleading claims some companies use to market their “green” products. Case is vice president of Philadelphia-based TerraChoice Environmental Marketing Inc.

Environmental Justice http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre145
Environment Ethics http://courses.dce.harvard.edu/~envre120