The naturalist appeared at a parliament select committee hearing to discuss environmental policy with MPs. He said the government’s commitment to net zero carbon emissions for the UK by 2050 was not necessarily the best approach. ‘The question is: what is practically possible? How can we take the electorate with us in dealing with these things?’ he said
Britain owes it to the world to take a lead on tackling climate change having “started the problem” with the industrial revolution, Sir David Attenborough has said. The world famous naturalist told MPs that Britain should feel responsible having forged ahead with the boom in industry in the 1800s, powered by coal. He said: “If we are now taking a lead in solving the problems then that’s only right and responsible.”
AIRED JULY 10, 2019
Chasing the Moon
IT TOOK MILLIONS OF STEPS TO MAKE ONE GIANT LEAP.
“Chasing the Moon,” a film by Robert Stone, reimagines the race to the moon for a new generation, upending much of the conventional mythology surrounding the effort. The series recasts the Space Age as a fascinating stew of scientific innovation, political calculation, media spectacle, visionary impulses and personal drama. Utilizing a visual feast of previously overlooked and lost archival material — much of which has never before been seen by the public — the film features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events. Among those included are astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old “mathematics whiz” who gained worldwide attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male bastion of NASA’s Mission Control; and Ed Dwight, the Air Force pilot selected by the Kennedy administration to train as America’s first black astronaut.
The Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change of the Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Building America’s Clean Future: Pathways to Decarbonize the Economy.” https://energycommerce.house.gov/comm…
White-settler “frontier” mythology has come to dominate the expansionist thinking and economic planning across the world from the United States to Russia and from Israel to China and India. All the regimes in these countries have expressed the desire to “conquer” new “frontiers” of space in the name of expanding the potential for perpetual economic growth.
These endeavors will in all probability prove suicidal for our finite planet. Civilization will not survive the desperate attempts of these nations — and potentially many more — to expand into the “frontiers” into space. This is simply because limitless expansion off a finite sphere is not possible. Moreover, as global climate change reeks havoc for hundreds of millions of Earth’s citizens on a burning planet in the decades and centuries to come, the nation-state and its corporate allies will not be able to deliver a sustained supply of the life-support systems needed to launch moon walks and Mars landings for very long.
We already live on the largest inhabitable space-ship in the known universe — planet Earth. We cannot live elsewhere without mimicking in precise detail the Earth-like environment that we have evolved within. We need now to focus our attention not to trying how to “escape” this circumstance but to turn all of our scientific and technical know-how to the task of living sustainably within this space-ship.
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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