We’re continuing our “money machine” series on the cost of carbon capitalism. Gas gets cheaper, the weather gets warmer, and for our guests the environmental activists Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben, the choice is clear: change our ways, or reap the whirlwind.
In her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus the Climate, Klein is counting on change in the atmosphere as the contradictions intensify between the earth and the economy. After all, she says, no one insures the globe, though it’s too big to fail. No one bails out the vanishing woods and wildlife. We’re wondering whether and how capitalism will take to remaking.
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The Prince of Wales told an audience of students and faculty May 4 that the model of food production prevalent in the 21st century world just doesn’t work.
“We will have to develop much more sustainable, or durable forms of food production because the way we have done things up to now are no longer as viable as they once appeared to be,” the prince said during “The Future of Food” conference, hosted by Washington Post Live.
Prince Charles last visited Georgetown in 2005, when he attended a seminar on faith and social responsibility.
Patrick Holden, Executive Director of the Sustainable Food Trust, introduces True Cost Accounting in Food and Farming and explains why it is still a much needed response to the state of today’s food systems in the opening session of an international conference on the theme, hosted by the Sustainable Food Trust in London, December 2013.
More resources and talks from the conference can be found on the Sustainable Food Trust website: http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/true-…
We all need to eat, but we face huge challenges to the ways we produce our food. Challenges that will affect everyone.
There are over 7 billion people on this planet, and 200-thousand more hungry mouths are being born, every day. Yet our ability to produce food is being threatened.
There is a very real possibility that there will not be enough to eat in the future. We have to get involved and challenge the threats of climate change, decreasing oil supplies, and eco-system collapse.
Our current food systems are destroying biodiversity and our environment. Whilst millions of people in developing countries starve, Westernised countries are developing life-threatening illnesses like obesity and diabetes.
There are no simple solutions to these challenges, but as a society we must be engaged. The conversation about how we resolve these issues, the kinds of food we want to have access to, and the kinds of communities we want to live in, is fundamental to our future development. As citizens, our decisions about how and what we eat matter more now, than ever before. We are all in a position to influence a change.
A round up of the Oxford Real Farming Conference 2015.
Vicki Hird – Friends of the Earth-
Colin Tudge – Co-founder of the ORFC
Patrick Holden – Sustainable Food Trust
Tom Heap – BBC Rural Correspondent
Dr Elaine Ingham – Microbiologist and founder of Soil Foodweb, Inc.
Stephen Devlin – New Economics Foundation
Canada’s version of the National Security Agency is spying on millions of internet users, monitoring popular file sharing websites and indiscriminately snooping on documents, videos and audio files shared via the services. The revelation comes from yet another release of classified documents obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden, who remains in Russia to escape prosecution for espionage in the US. RT’s Manuel Rapalo takes a look.
The Washington Post recently confirmed IFG’s claim by quoting a Canadian oil official that Koch has “closer to two million acres” in Canadian tar sands territory, which could contain almost 20B metric tons of CO2. President Obama’s approval of Keystone XL would exacerbate CO2 emissions by intensifying tar sands extraction, whereas the President’s rejection of Keystone XL has the potential to keep tar sands in the ground. Keystone’s rejection could leave Koch with significant “stranded assets” stuck in Canada from which they would then not profit. That’s why Koch is spending so much on the political process to approve the pipeline and cash in on their enormous carbon assets in Alberta.
In this second part of our video series, go behind-the-scenes of a top level meeting between US and Chinese officials in the city of Xi’an, as the conversation turns to fracking China’s massive shale reserves. The guests at the compound here are gearing up for a push to export the United States’ fracking boom to China—and beyond.
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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