Daily Archives: December 18, 2019

Lawrence Lessig, “They Don’t Represent Us”

Politics and Prose

Published on Dec 7, 2019

Lawrence Lessig discusses his book, “They Don’t Represent Us”, at Politics and Prose.

In this non-partisan analysis of today’s political divisiveness, Lessig identifies unrepresentativeness as the one problem that underlies the others. He sees it both in institutions—such as the media’s response to narrow interests rather than to those of the wider citizenry—and in the people, who are uninformed about the issues. Lessig, host of the podcast Another Way, co-founder of Creative Commons, and Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, proposes a number of solutions to fix both the “them” and the “us,” ranging from Electoral College reforms to new forums that offer citizens the chance to speak in an informed and deliberative way.


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COP25 was a failure. Can COP26 be saved?

Democracy Now!

Published on Dec 16, 2019

The COP25 United Nations climate summit in Madrid ended in failure, after negotiators failed to agree to a deal that would limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Scores of civil society groups condemned governments in the European Union, Australia, Canada and the U.S. for a deal that requires far less action than needed to avert catastrophic climate change.

Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want, was in Madrid for COP25 and will be at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland. He says next year will be a “make or break” moment for the climate. “I think, genuinely, people will ask themselves after COP26, if it doesn’t deliver the ambition: What is that U.N. process for?”

After COP25 fails, grassroots activism is the future of the climate movement

Democracy Now!

Published on Dec 16, 2019

The COP25 United Nations climate summit failed to produce any meaningful commitment to cut carbon emissions in a way that would avoid global catastrophe. The conference was sponsored by major corporations and dominated by world powers like the U.S., but Tasneem Essop of Climate Action Network-International says that there was hope in the strength of the grassroots activists who converged on the summit to protest these corporate influences. “It is amazing, the youth leadership on this issue the past year,” says Essop, adding that coalition-building and grassroots organizing is the future of the climate movement. “We are going to see, I believe, much stronger movements. They’re not going to tolerate inaction by the governments, not just developed countries — but in all of the countries.”

The Fossil Fuel Industry Could Set Off A “Carbon Bomb”

The YEARS Project

Published on Dec 18, 2019

There’s a carbon bomb beneath our feet and new research says we’re about to light the fuse. We explain the findings of the “Oil, Gas and the Climate” report from the Global Gas and Oil Network (GGON), and what it all means for emissions and the goals of the Paris Agreement. The world needs to #KeepItInTheGround to avoid catastrophic climate change.

SOURCES: [i] WRI.org. According to New IPCC Report, the World Is on Track to Exceed its “Carbon Budget” in 12 Years. Oct 7 2018. https://www.wri.org/blog/2018/10/acco… [ia] CarbonTracker.org. Carbon Budgets Explained. Feb 6 2018. https://www.carbontracker.org/carbon-… [ii] – [x] Oil, Gas and the Climate: An Analysis of Oil and Gas Industry Plans for Expansion and Compatibility with Global Emission Limits. December 2019. http://ggon.org/OilGasClimate2019/ [xa] TheGuardian.com. World Bank to end financial support for oil and gas extraction. Dec 12 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/business/… [xb] EcoWatch.com. World’s Largest Public Bank Ditches Oil and Coal in Victory for the Climate Movement. Nov 15 2019. https://www.ecowatch.com/eib-fossil-f… [xi] Oil, Gas and the Climate: An Analysis of Oil and Gas Industry Plans for Expansion and Compatibility with Global Emission Limits. December 2019. [xia] TheGuardian.com. France bans fracking and oil extraction in all of its territories. Dec 20 2017. https://www.theguardian.com/environme… [xib] Presse.ens.dk. The government closes exploration and drilling for oil and gas on land in Denmark. Feb 22 2018. https://presse.ens.dk/news/regeringen… [xic] NYTimes.com. New Zealand Cites Climate Change in Banning New Offshore Drilling. Apr 12 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/12/wo… [xid] Grist.com. Costa Rica is going zero emissions by 2050. Mar 4 2019. https://grist.org/beacon/costa-rica-i…

Uwase Hirwa Honorine | Restoring land is climate action


Published on Dec 18, 2019

We live on the land and we depend on it for our livelihoods, says Uwase Hirwa Honorine of Rwanda, an AFR100 Youth Ambassador. It’s time to restore it!

Antonia Juhasz on Impending Peak Demand for Oil


Published on Dec 18, 2019

recorded in San Francisco, December 2019