Daily Archives: May 5, 2017

Sen. Maria Cantwell: People’s Climate March


Published on May 2, 2017

People’s Climate March

Climate Change Particularly Affects Communities of Color


Published on May 5, 2017

Judith Howell of the SEIU talks about how communities of color are particularly affected by climate change

Museletter + Post Carbon Institute & Resilience Course – Richard Heinberg

For twenty-five years, Richard Heinberg’s Museletter has offered a monthly exploration of current events and the world of ideas. Covering such topics as geopolitics, energy depletion, civilization and its unintended consequences, economics from a contrarian perspective, and suggestions for how to weather the coming energy and economic transition, Richard’s essays are informed by a wide-ranging, inter-disciplinary study of history and culture.

Current subscribers include well-known authors and university professors, as well as a broad assortment of intellectual mavericks and free-thinkers. The Museletter has been included in Utne’s annual list of best alternative newsletters and has been nominated for an alternative press award.

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Art and Activism – A Warrior with Care and Compassion | Rhodes Scholar Climate Workshop – Charalee Graydon

Kathy is a Marshall Islander poet and speaker. She has been selected as one of 13 Climate Warriors by Vogue in 2015 and the Impact Hero of the Year by Earth Company in 2016.

Rhodes Scholars hear from Marshall Islands poet and activist in an intergenerational climate change workshop

During my recent attendance at the Rhodes Climate 1,5 Intergenerational workshop, I had the good fortune of attending a session with on “Arts and Activism”  conducted by the poet, Kathy Jetñil- Kijiner, showing the importance if the creative arts in alerting people to the realities of climate change.  Kathy has recently published a book of poems, entitled:  Poems from a Marshallese

Using poetry and performance art Ms. Jetñil- Kijiner brought the Rhodes scholars to the world of the Marshall Islands and the problems faced by inhabitants of the islands, including the island where she lives, which sits 2 meters (7 feet) above sea level. She showed us impacts of rising sea levels and extreme weather events being experienced by islanders.

Photographs of the island, houses destroyed by the impact of the waves and the description Kathy provided in her poems connected us with the traditions, character and inhabitants of the islands. The changing shoreline, photographs of graves falling into the ocean, and the story of the island that no longer exists brought to life the reality of a world facing the effects of climate change.

Kathy shared poems with us, the first, Dear Matafele Peinam, a poem she used to comfort her baby as the child fell asleep. It is a poem that captures a precious moment where a mother provides a snapshot of the beauty and co-existence of a people, an island and the ocean. This is a poem that Kathy presented to the United Nations Climate Summit in 2014 and which led to her discovery as a world-renowned poet.

The second poem, 2 Degrees spoke of her role in advocating the 1.5 as opposed to a 2.0-degree temperature rise for the United Nations Council of Parties meeting. The poem speaks of the importance to Marshall Islands inhabitants of this .5-degree difference using the analogy of a child with a fever that will become life-threatening unless addressed and treated. Kathy´s message became more determined to gain the listener´s attention as she referenced treating the Marshall Islands and their inhabitants as people to be swept off the table and forgotten in the climate change challenge. Her poetry is strong and brings an enduring impact as it is written and spoken with confidence and care.

Kathy hesitates in calling herself an activist but she should be assured that her message is important and well received by world inhabitants. Kathy´s passion and inspiration is taken further with creation of a youth group, Jo-Jikum, that continues to raise awareness of climate change and how it is affecting the Marshall Islands.

In another poem, Butterfly Thief, she alludes to the criminality of humankind’s role in creating climate change and neglecting to deal with it effectively. This analogy spoke clearly to our group about the need to take concrete action to deal with climate change and not to allow those responsible, all of us, to walk away from the threat to life on earth.

Kathy ended her presentation with an interactive session where she invited Rhodes delegates to share their experiences on a climate change issue. This caused us to reflect and realize that this is not someone else´s problem but a problem in which we each play a part.

One of Kathy´s poems, There’s a Journalist Here, leads me to conclude that I am fortunate to be the Rhodes scholar journalist who can convey to those who read this summary how the climate change forum benefited from inviting Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, a talented poet and performance artist, to play a part in our forum. She is an artist who has had and will continue to have a significant impact on climate change matters for the Marshall Islands and planet earth.

Report from:

Charalee Graydon
Rhodes Scholar (Prairies & Wadham 1982)
Faculty member- EUCLID University
Member of Mediation Beyond Borders International Climate Change Group, United Nations Working Group and UN Compact sub-committee

Further information on Kathy Jetñil- Kijiner’s work as a climate-poet-activist

FCC Chair: Push For Rule Changes, More Inclusion

Associated Press

Published on May 5, 2017

The Federal Communication Commission chairman says he will push for rule changes that will make “every American who wants to participate in our digital economy” able to do so. (May 5)


Higher Education And The Free Speech Debate | On Point

Students walk past Sather Gate on the University of California at Berkeley campus on Friday, April 21, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. (Ben Margot/AP)

The flap over Ann Coulter at Berkeley is just the latest in a slew. We’ll look at free speech and college campuses.

It’s been a hot season around free speech and resistance on American college campuses. One by one, controversial conservative speakers have shown up, been scheduled, and been chased off or shouted down or resisted. Milo Yiannopoulos, Charles Murray, Ann Coulter, Richard Spencer. College protestors say they’re defending campuses and society against dark, dangerous messages. Critics call them snowflakes afraid of free speech. This hour On Point: Free speech, resistance, and the American college campus.

BBC World Service – Newshour Extra, President Trump’s Promises to America’s Farmers

How will President Trump’s pledge to remove illegal immigrants and create jobs for Americans impact America’s agricultural heartlands? Owen Bennett Jones and his guests are in the rural American state of Nebraska to discuss whether Mr Trump’s trade policies could in fact hurt farming communities rather than help them.



BBC World Service – Newshour Extra, What’s Wrong with Science?

Newshour Extra

Science has changed the world – it helps us live longer and more productive lives. It helps us communicate, explore the universe, understand our planet and cure our illnesses. It’s so powerful a force that it has undermined confidence in religion and challenged humans to rethink their purpose. Yet some of science’s keenest advocates fear that there is a problem with science, that there is something wrong with the way it is currently practiced and this at a time when science is under attack not just from old fashioned creationists but from people opposed to vaccination, climate change deniers and those who are suspicious it serves the interest of big corporations. So, are there fundamental problems with the way science is done today? Join Owen Bennett Jones with his guests this week discussing how science can live up to its promise.

Flint residents must pay for poison water or face foreclosure

Steps to Holistic Design