One of Boston’s biggest challenges is creating affordable housing stock. How do we significantly increase housing without sacrificing Boston’s unique urban character? The panel explores the facts and challenges some assumptions while exploring unique partnerships and opportunities.
U.S. President Donald Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the United Nations. He has drafted an order to slash funding to the U.N., which is now under review by the U.S. government. That single move by the U.N.’s largest funder could cripple the organization and its agencies from UNICEF to the World Food Program and the World Health Organization. But it could also shift the global balance of power. CGTN’s Liling Tan reports.
Climate Disruption The Movie was uploaded to highlight the overwhelming about of scientific information pointing to human extinction by 2030. Governments and Universities they control are in denial. I wish it wasn’t so!
Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier, Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy, Harvard Divinity School, and project director Andrew Finstuen discuss Doblmeier’s documentary on Reinhold Niebuhr.
K. Healan Gaston, Lecturer on American Religious History at Harvard Divinity School moderated the discussion.
Learn more about Harvard Divinity School and its mission to illuminate, engage, and serve at http://hds.harvard.edu/.
The Congo Basin is home to the world’s second largest rainforest and is a carbon store of global significance. It is under severe pressure from industrial logging and clearance for agro-industry, but is home to an estimated 50 million forest-dependent people, including some 150 different ethnic groups – some of the poorest and most marginalized people on the planet.
MappingForRights is a ground-breaking project of the Rainforest Foundation UK and its local partners in the Congo Basin region that aims to help forest peoples counter harmful extractive industry and advocate for legal reforms. As well as providing communities with accurate printed maps of their lands, it is also an online platform allowing indigenous community leaders, decision-makers and NGOs in the region easy access to accurate geographical information about community lands and other users and allocations of the forests.
In this short video, we speak with Joe Eisen, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator with the Rainforest Foundation UK.
Learn more about Mapping for Rights here: unfccc.int/secretariat/momentum_for_change/items/9938.php
Trump’s newly appointed chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has begun to attack net neutrality rules and other consumer protections. In a series of actions last week, Pai blocked nine companies from providing affordable high-speed internet to low-income families, withdrew the FCC’s support from an effort to curb the exorbitant cost of phone calls from prison, and said he disagrees with the 2015 decision to regulate the internet like a public utility.
On Sunday, thousands also rallied in Los Angeles to protest the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, as well as the Keystone XL pipeline. Trump has moved to revive construction of both pipelines, which have faced massive resistance from indigenous nations, local white farmers and environmental activists. Meanwhile, at Standing Rock in North Dakota, agents from the Bureau of Indian Affairs attacked and arrested at least three water protectors on Saturday. A shaky video shows a BIA officer beating one of the water protectors with a baton.
Trump’s pick to be the Army secretary, billionaire Vincent Viola, has withdrawn from the nomination process, citing his inability to disentangle himself from his business ties. Viola is the owner of the Florida Panthers and the founder of many companies, including the high-frequency trading company called Virtu. Critics have warned high-frequency trading threatens the stability of global financial markets.
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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