Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Henry M. Paulson, Jr., presented the 2014 Malcolm Wiener Lecture on International Political Economy. He emphasized the importance of strong relations between China and the United States; discussed the mounting pressure on governments to address environmental issues; and described the events leading up to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Harvard Business Review Editor Adi Ignatius moderated the event which was co-sponsored by The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government.
The US owns a patent on Ebola. They have several different vaccines that have proven to be very effective in initial clinical trials. But thanks to a winding, abysmal bureaucracy and complicit pharmaceutical companies, those vaccines language on government shelves. Why? Because it takes a lot of money to push a drug through FDA approvals, and no one sees a return of that money with an Ebola cure. Can you guess why? The Resident breaks it down.
Vermont has become the first US state to require labelling on all foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The order takes effect in two years, but some big food manufacturers are challenging the move. Al Jazeera’s Tom Ackerman reports from Vermont.
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Speaking at the opening plenary of the New York City Global Climate Convergence in the days before the People’s Climate March, Nastaran Mohit told the assembled crowd that the revolution “and this (Climate Convergence) movement is not going to be spawned from the activist white community. It is going to be led front and center by marginalized and the most directly affected communities.”
Mohit, a New York City based labor organizer who was instrumental in the success of Occupy Sandy, went on: “For these communities, climate change is not a far off thing, it is right at their backyard. For these communities it is an issue of survival. Climate organizing is not a privilege for them, it is a life and death matter.”
While Mohit characterized the People’s Climate March as an “epic event” that she was “proud to participate in” but balanced that excitement with skepticism over the funding behind the march and “the lack of demands, the parade route” (the parade went no where near the U.N.).
“We also need to be very real when we talk about how scary it is for the big green groups (and) the big corporations for this movement to challenge Capitalism.”
Mohit sat down with Dennis Trainor, Jr. of Acronym TV to talk about her role as an Occupy Sandy organizer, and how she sees her work as a Labor organizer converging with her work in the Climate Justice movement.
This interview is part of Acronym TV’s expanded coverage of the NYC Global Climate Convergence.
The Convergence calls for a solution as big as the crisis barreling down on us – an emergency green economic transformation, including full employment and living wages; 100 percent clean renewable energy by 2030; universal free health care and education; food and housing security; an end to deportations and mass incarceration; economic and political democracy; demilitarization; ecosystem restoration and support for the rights of Mother Earth; and more.
Timeka Drew of the Global Climate Convergence in conversation with Dennis Trainor, Jr.
The Global Climate Convergence is calling for AN EMERGENCY GLOBAL GREEN NEW DEAL including:
• Full employment with community-based small businesses, worker co-ops, small farmers & government jobs.
• 100% clean renewable energy by 2030. International binding treaty for swift, deep cuts to carbon emissions. Wealthy polluting nations pay for technology transfer & climate adaptation.
• Universal free healthcare & education through college. Affordable housing for all & a moratorium on foreclosures.
• Secure the global food supply: Support small farmers, our major source of food production. Put carbon back in the soil through restoration grazing and climate-smart sustainable agriculture. Ensure the right to land, food sovereignty and gender equality.
• Economic democracy: Replace “too big to fail” banks with public banks. Secure workers’ rights, support for co-operative enterprise & fair trade. Tax Wall Street & the rich. End third-world & student debt.
• Demilitarization: Cut at least 50% of military spending, freeing up resources for social programs & infrastructure. Foreign policy based on international law, human rights and diplomacy – not the military-industrial complex.
• End mass incarceration & deportations. Treat immigrant rights as human rights & drug abuse as a public health issue.
• Political democracy: All people, not corporations, have the right to self-government, to vote, & to have our votes count. Public financing, proportional representation & free use of public airways for candidates.
• Civil liberties: Restore the rights of free speech, protest, privacy, & internet freedom. Close Guantanamo, end torture/renditions, & pardon whistleblowers including Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, & Julian Assange.
• Support human rights, rights of Mother Earth, the call for peace & an end to colonialism & imperialism, as called for in the Cochabamba People’s Agreement & the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Welcome to Transition Studies. To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives.
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