Daily Archives: October 11, 2020

Where Can We Turn to Learn? The Struggle for Truth in the Anthropocene (in Face of Official Disinformation, Corporate Propaganda and Pervasive Public Mistrust) | EV & N 362 | CCTV



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In the face of official disinformation, corporate propaganda and the loss of faith in public institutions, it is a struggle to locate truth in the Anthropocene. Our circumstance has to be understood in light of the decades-long assault on truth from the world’s largest and most wealthy corporations who have sought since the 1970s to discredit the findings of scientific research in the realms of the public health impact of cigarette smoking, the coal-plant contribution to acidic precipitation and the well-documented and destabilizing impact of greenhouse gases upon Earth’s global climate system.

This half-century, systematic assault by the world’s most powerful corporations on the integrity of science is now proving the magnitude of its truly impressive success to the world at large. Through all the decades of their drive to reshape the economic foundations of the world economy and their parallel effort to mold public consciousness corporations have succeeded in placing industrial civilization on a pathway toward self-generated extinction through resource exhaustion driven by the ever expanding combustion of non-renewable fossilized carbon.

With the adoption of “perpetual growth economics” as their mantra and gospel, corporate evangelicals have captured the imaginations of both Wall Street and “Main Street”– excluding virtually all other vocabularies for discussing and understanding the human condition. Their success has proved to be a profoundly sad and massively tragic victory because it is collectively suicidal for industrial civilization.

Where can we turn to learn of the alternatives to our collective path toward civilizational self-destruction?

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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: You, Food and the Planet

The British Library

Published on Oct 11, 2020

In a special event to launch the British Library Food Season, chef, writer and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall talks about sustainability, food provenance and wellbeing with award-winning food writer Bee Wilson, filmed from the iconic River Cottage.

As the new decade brings new levels of anxiety about our health – and the planet’s – Hugh wants to discuss, among other things, the importance of a good meal, a good walk and a good story.

Chaired by Food Season founder and curator Polly Russell.

Food Season supported by Kitchen Aid


Global poverty reduction: Extreme poverty set to rise for first time since 1998


Published on Oct 11, 2020

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Extreme poverty is set to climb for the first time in more than two decades, as the COVID-19 pandemic pushes millions of people to the brink. A recent World Bank report shows that by the end of 2020, more than nine percent of the world will be living on less than $1.90 per day. Before the pandemic, that figure was expected to drop to 7.9 percent. So what’s going on? Can this rise be reversed as quickly as it happened?