Daily Archives: July 13, 2019

XR Rebellion Against Big Oil Continues | Extinction Rebellion

Published on Jul 13, 2019
The Rebellion Against Big Oil Continues – Tuesday 2nd of July – Carmen Royal Opera House Action Taking visual and musical cues from Bizet’s Carmen, members of Extinction Rebellion Arts and Culture visited members of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, a coalition of major oil and gas companies created to promote a climate-friendly image for some of the world’s largest polluters, declared a crime scene at their offices and called on company directors and employees to “do the right thing by your loved ones and the rest of all humanity…cease exploration, act now and join Extinction Rebellion”. Each company was left with their very own copy of the Extinction Rebellion Handbook, ‘This is Not a Drill’. While the procession itself was silent, the ceremony at each stop was conducted with full noise and visuals. Musicians played a reworked Carmen’s Habanera sung by Simone Ibbett-Brown, an opera singer of East Anglian/Jamaican descent who has previously performed with English National Opera and at the Royal Opera House in a workshop of Na’ama Zisser’s Mamzer. The action disrupted the arrival of the paying audience to the evening’s performance of Bizet’s Carmen, which is due to be screened nationwide via the BP-sponsored Big Screens event.

Who Really Feeds the World?: The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology: Vandana Shiva

Debunking the notion that our current food crisis must be addressed through industrial agriculture and genetic modification, author and activist Vandana Shiva argues that those forces are in fact the ones responsible for the hunger problem in the first place.

Who Really Feeds the World? is a powerful manifesto calling for agricultural justice and genuine sustainability, drawing upon Shiva’s thirty years of research and accomplishments in the field.

Instead of relying on genetic modification and large-scale monocropping to solve the world’s food crisis, she proposes that we look to agroecology—the knowledge of the interconnectedness that creates food—as a truly life-giving alternative to the industrial paradigm. Shiva succinctly and eloquently lays out the networks of people and processes that feed the world, exploring issues of diversity, the needs of small farmers, the importance of seed saving, the movement toward localization, and the role of women in producing the world’s food.

“This is a planetary emergency”: Activists confront DNC’s approach to climate crisis

Published on Jul 7, 2017
The world is addicted to meat: In developing countries around the world, diets are starting to look more like ours, incorporating more and more beef and pork. Massive factory farms are springing up to supply that demand. But industrial meat operations produce more than just cheap T-bones; they also dish out enormous environmental harm. VICE travels to the feedlots, farms and slaughterhouses where our meat is made, to see the true costs of our burger habit.

Water is the single most vital resource we have — but it’s also one of the most threatened. Around the world, from the American West to China, South Asia and the Middle East, the water we need is simply disappearing. VICE reports from California’s once-abundant farmland and the heart of São Paulo’s reservoir system to assess the depths of the crisis, and what can be done to reverse it.

Watch Season 1: http://bit.ly/2s1T4Zs Watch Season 2: http://bit.ly/2qJRA6j Watch Season 3: http://bit.ly/VICE-HBO-S3

Meathooked & End of Water (VICE on HBO: Season 4, Episode 5)

Published on Jul 7, 2017
The world is addicted to meat: In developing countries around the world, diets are starting to look more like ours, incorporating more and more beef and pork. Massive factory farms are springing up to supply that demand. But industrial meat operations produce more than just cheap T-bones; they also dish out enormous environmental harm. VICE travels to the feedlots, farms and slaughterhouses where our meat is made, to see the true costs of our burger habit.

Water is the single most vital resource we have — but it’s also one of the most threatened.

Around the world, from the American West to China, South Asia and the Middle East, the water we need is simply disappearing. VICE reports from California’s once-abundant farmland and the heart of São Paulo’s reservoir system to assess the depths of the crisis, and what can be done to reverse it.

Watch Season 1: http://bit.ly/2s1T4Zs Watch Season 2: http://bit.ly/2qJRA6j Watch Season 3: http://bit.ly/VICE-HBO-S3

Shale cowboys: fracking under Trump – Docu – 2017

Published on Jun 25, 2017
Having your own energy sources is an important weapon in the world economy. Since 2013, the United States has made important foes of fossil-rich opponents like Saudi Arabia important in extracting shale gas and shale oil from its own soil. The price for a barrel of crude oil fell from 100 to less than $50. The Texan shale producers who survived this price tag are the new heroes of the United States. Under president Donald Trump, the shale cowboys are striving to help Europe to become independent. On research in Trumpland.

Original title: Schaliecowboys Schale stone was considered worthless by the oil and gas industry in the past. They passed through on their way to expensive oil and gas that lay deeper. Until a small Texan gas company found a way in the late 1990’s to win gas from hard-shelled rock. By making deep boreholes in the stone layers of the soil and injecting a large amount of water and chemicals under high pressure, shale gas and shale oil are won. With this method, later known as fracking, the energy market changed forever.

In the meantime, one third of gas and oil production in the United States is a shale.And the bid consumer of energy is not only content to be independent, the country is now even an exporter of energy. OPEC, the organization of (other) oil exporting countries, keeps the oil price on the world market as low as possible, to make American production worthless. But for the moment, the oil countries do not get the shale cowboys on their knees.

How does this controversial innovation put the world of energy upside down? Because this new offer of cheap energy really gives us more time to bridge the transition to a sustainable world of solar and wind energy. A few years ago, all experts and analysts went out of the Peak Oil Theory. Namely, the fossil reserves in the world were running out. The shale revolution turned this theory into old dirt in just a few years. Fracking technology opens a whole new reservoir of fossil fuels.

The election of President Trump was greeted in Texas with joy and also seen as a recognition for what the shale revolution is going to be. And the future is even more rosy: recent geological research showed that hundreds of billions of dollars of shale oil are still in the so-called Wolf Camp Shale Field in West Texas. Who are the people behind this shale revolution? A portrait of the pioneers and the new Shale millionaires in Texas.

Daniel Yergin (energy specialist and author of The Prize and The Quest), Dan Steward, Kent Bowker and Nick Steinsberger (Shale Gas Revolution Geologists and Pioneers), Matt Miller (Dallas Gray Gray Energy Partners), Doug Shanda (Head of Operations Cheniere Energy in Port Arthur), Tommy Taylor (Director of Fasken Oil & Ranch from Midland Texas).

Originally broadcasted by VPRO in 2017. © VPRO Backlight February 2017

Climate change: Fact or fiction? | Head to Head

Published on May 16, 2016
Some scientists say the earth’s climate changes constantly and naturally, but the vast majority of them believe the current rise in global temperature is man-made, and could be catastrophic for the planet. But is all this but a case of extreme ‘climate alarmism’? Climate change sceptic Richard Lindzen is challenged on his view that concern about global warming is alarmist nonsense.

Summer Uprising Starts on 15 July – Time To Rebel | Extinction Rebellion

Published on Jul 13, 2019
Starting Monday 15 July, we rise up in an organic, decentralised and coordinated action with one main message: ACT NOW!