Daily Archives: October 18, 2016

Bill McKibben: The Question I Get Asked the Most

“What can we do to make a difference?” The Thinker

Bill McKibben
The questions come after talks, on twitter, in the days’ incoming tide of email—sometimes even in old-fashioned letters that arrive in envelopes. The most common one by far is also the simplest: What can I do? I bet I’ve been asked it 10,000 times by now and—like a climate scientist predicting the temperature—I’m pretty sure I’m erring on the low side.

It’s the right question or almost: It implies an eagerness to act and action is what we need. But my answer to it has changed over the years, as the science of global warming has shifted. I find, in fact, that I’m now saying almost the opposite of what I said three decades ago.

Then—when I was 27 and writing the first book on climate change—I

was fairly self-obsessed (perhaps age appropriately). And it looked like we had some time: No climate scientist in the late 1980s thought that by 2016 we’d already be seeing massive Arctic ice melt. So it made sense for everyone to think about the changes they could make in their own lives that, over time, would add up to significant change. In The End of Nature, I described how my wife and I had tried to “prune and snip our desires,” how instead of taking long vacation trips by car we rode our bikes in the road, how we grew more of our own food, how we “tried not to think about how much we’d like a baby.”

Some of these changes we’ve maintained—we still ride our bikes, and I haven’t been on a vacation in a very long time. Some we modified—thank God we decided to have a child, who turned out to be the joy of our life. And some I’ve abandoned: I’ve spent much of the last decade in frenetic travel, much of it on airplanes. That’s because, over time, it became clear to me that there’s a problem with the question “What can I do.”

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Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Noam Chomsky full length interview: Who rules the world now?


Channel 4 News

Published on May 14, 2016

Cathy Newman’s full interview with Philosopher Noam Chomsky. From Trump and Clinton, to climate change, Brexit and TPP, America’s foremost intellectuals presents his views on who rules the world today.

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Noam Chomsky – Is There an Alternative?


Chomsky’s Philosophy

Published on Nov 13, 2015

Chomsky on class struggles and alternatives to Capitalism.

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Noam Chomsky on Economic Inequality – YouTube


Chomsky’s Philosophy

Published on Sep 17, 2016

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xnih…

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Bangladesh’s Farmers, Small Business Owners Prosper with Solar Power


World Bank

Published on Oct 16, 2016

Solar power is changing lives in Bangladesh and has helped the South Asian country leapfrog into an era of using renewable energy to light up homes – and quickly going a step further. Clusters of solar panels in remote islands like Monpura and villages such as Saidpur are helping small business owners and farmers access affordable and reliable electricity to improve productivity and climb the rungs of economic

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Bangladesh is Role Model for Solar Power


World Bank

Published on Oct 18, 2016

Join World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim on a visit to the Bangladesh countryside and learn how solar power units and inexpensive “mini-grids” are changing lives, allowing users to study at night, charge phones and expand employment opportunities.
With renewable energy #ItsPossible to #EndPoverty and fight climate change.

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

Climate-Smart Farming Helps a Community in Kenya Thrive in the Face of Climate-Change


World Bank

Published on Oct 18, 2016

What does a climate-smart farm look like? Farmers in Kenya are cultivating farms that earn higher incomes and produce more nutritious food– showing that climate-smart agriculture can help smallholders prosper in the face of climate change.

Food-Matters
Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice