Daily Archives: April 20, 2017

Local Futures – Local Futures

Local Futures’ (ISEC) mission is to protect and renew ecological and social well being by promoting a systemic shift away from economic globalization towards localization. Through its “education for action” programs, Local Futures develops innovative models and tools to catalyze collaboration for strategic change at the community and international level.

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Noam Chomsky on Trump Climate Policies (March 2017) Feat. Trump

Climate State

Published on Apr 3, 2017

At a recent MIT hosted Starr Forum, Chomsky explained broader US politics, with the scope on climate science and what it means for the future (March 23, 2017) – excerpt via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5A8B…


President Trump Signs an Energy Executive Order (March 28, 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdkTh…


Future Climate Warnings in the Anthropocene

Climate State

Published on Apr 5, 2017

Stark warnings from scientists about future warming. What do you think?

Carl Sagan on Climate as an Emerging Issue (1990)

Climate State

Published on Apr 12, 2017

Carl Sagan’s 2/9/1990 keynote speech before the 5th Annual Emerging Issues Forum at NCSU, broadcast live on North Carolina Public Television. Introduction by Roy Park of Park Communications. Recorded by Dr. Woody Sugg on a home VCR. Sagan spoke at the invitation of Jim Hunt, former NC Governor and the founder of the Institute for Emerging Issues.

Published at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Xz3Z…

Walter Scheidel on Society, Collapse and Equality

Climate State

Published on Apr 13, 2017

On March 29, 2017, IST Austria hosted Stanford University Professor Walter Scheidel for an IST Science and Society Lecture. More than 220 people convened in the Raiffeisen Lecture Hall to hear him talk about “The great leveler: violence and economic inequality from the Stone Age to the future”. With economic inequality being a defining feature of civilization for thousands of years, he examined such violent processes as mass-mobilization warfare, transformative revolutions, state collapse, and catastrophic plagues over the long run of history and considered the prospects of leveling in today’s more stable world.
Release by IST Austria https://ist.ac.at via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK1xi…

The Great Leveller by Walter Scheidel review – an end to inequality?
Scheidel argues that economic inequalities are usually narrowed most effectively as a result of cataclysmic events: war, revolution, the collapse of states and natural disasters.

Scheidel dubs these the “four horsemen” and explores the causal relationships between them and the emergence of mechanisms that significantly redistribute wealth – not just in the societies we think we know, such as western European modernity, but those we rarely consider, such as the pre-conquest Americas, or the dark ages in Europe.

Since around 2011, with the mass revolts of technologically empowered and educated people, the world has been offered the possibility of a break from the cycle of relentless inequality. In effect it turned the offer down – and in saying no to a future of social justice it has, for now, opened the door to the past: to kleptocrats, mafiosi, politicians whose imaginations are trapped in that tight space between the golden tower and the golden shower. https://www.theguardian.com/books/201…

Related https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_…

George HW Bush’s 1988 Environmental Speech

Climate State

Published on Apr 19, 2017

On August 31, 1988, George H. W. Bush gave a progressive campaign speech on the environment, touching on many issues present still today. After becoming the 41st President he appointed the first environmentalist, William Reilly ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William… ), to head the EPA.

However, in 1992 he refused to sign the international biodiversity treaty https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convent… and a climate change treaty, on limiting global carbon dioxide emissions.

CSPAN AUGUST 31, 1988 Bush Campaign Speech https://www.c-span.org/video/?4248-1/…

Environmental policy of the United States https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environ…

A CLOSER LOOK; Ecology, the Economy and Bush (1992 The New York Times)

Expert urges Politics to Act on Climate Change (March 2017)

Climate State

Published on Apr 5, 2017

Climate scientist Michael Mann https://twitter.com/MichaelEMann gave testimony at hearing, titled “Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method,” was organized to “examine the scientific method and process as it relates to climate change” and “focus on the underlying science that helps inform policy decisions.”

House Science Committee Hearing Pits Three Fringe Climate Deniers Against Mainstream Climate Scientist Michael Mann https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/03/29…