Featuring Sarah Lunnon (Political Circle), Paul Allen (Zero Carbon Britain), Andrew Simms (The New Weather Institute & Rapid Transition Alliance) and Julia Steinberger (Ecological Economics).
We look back less than 4 months to another world. From here we now know we can achieve the impossible if united. The radical decisive action to address the pandemic lays bare the lack of action on the crisis of a natural world as a choice. Let’s work out how we now make the realistic choice to do the next impossible. #MoneyTalks#NoGoingBack#ResetTV#CarbonZero
https://democracynow.org – Broadcasting from the Sundance Film Festival, we are joined by three guests who personally battled with DuPont and are featured in the new documentary called “The Devil We Know,” that looks at how former DuPont employees, residents and lawyers took on the chemical giant to expose the danger of the chemical C8, found in Teflon and countless household products—from stain- and water-resistant apparel to microwave popcorn bags to dental floss. The chemical has now been linked to six diseases, including testicular and kidney cancers. We speak with Bucky Bailey, whose mother worked in the Teflon division of a DuPont plant in West Virginia while she was pregnant with him, and who was born with only one nostril and a deformed eye and has undergone more than 30 surgeries to fix the birth defects; Joe Kiger, lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against DuPont, and a school teacher in Parkersburg, West Virginia, who suffered from liver disease; and Rob Bilott, the attorney that brought DuPont to court.
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that he hoped the Trump administration would reconsider its suspension of funding, but that his main focus was on ending the pandemic and saving lives.
Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day being celebrated worldwide! EarthCam and NASA have teamed up and wanted to present something to viewers that was really “out of this world” for 50 years of celebrating this beautiful planet! Experience our amazing planet with a different perspective today with EarthCam.
Some 265 million people are expected to face acute hunger as the coronavirus crisis could trigger a second pandemic of hunger. The crisis is projected to disproportionately affect Africa, where there is already widespread hunger. This comes as the World Health Organization estimates the number of COVID-19 cases in Africa could rise to 10 million in the next three to six months. Ten African countries don’t have a single ventilator. “This is an extremely terrifying and frightening moment for the people of Africa. … We were already facing a major food crisis — that was before the coronavirus hit,” says lifelong South African human rights and climate justice activist Kumi Naidoo, former secretary general of Amnesty International and former head of Greenpeace.
April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, when more than 20 million Americans joined in actions to protect the environment — 10% of the U.S. population at the time. Half a century later, in the middle of a pandemic, protests planned around the world have moved online, and the Trump administration has gutted the Environmental Protection Agency — established not long after Earth Day — rolled back fuel economy standards and eased the enforcement of pollution regulations. “The countries that flattened the coronavirus curve early on are doing far better than those like ours, which delayed,” says Bill McKibben, author, educator, environmentalist and co-founder of 350.org. “That’s a pretty perfect analog to the 30 years that we’ve wasted in the climate crisis.”
TRUMP CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WHILE ROLLING BACK EPA STANDARDS: Pres. Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in a tree planting ceremony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. While in office, Trump has rolled back over 90 different environmental protection regulations to limit federal regulations and help boost the fossil fuel industry. Some of his rollbacks include significantly weakening methane regulations, repealing an Obama-era clean water regulation, weakening the Endangered Species Act, implementing rules to keep coal plants open, and rolling back land protections from drilling.
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