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What’s Wrong With the Radical Critique of the People’s Climate March 1.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Activists Take Over Wall Street After Climate March, and More 30.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
In today's On the News segment: Activists take over Wall Street after the massive march for action on climate change; the Obama administration is standing up to corporate tax dodgers; Google finally drops ALEC; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here – on the best of the rest of Economic and Labor News... You need to know this. After the recent, massive march on climate change, activists and protesters took over Wall Street. Three thousand people held a sit-in around the infamous charging bull statue, and demanded an end to the "economic system based on exploiting frontline communities, workers, and natural resources." Protesters say that the root of the climate crisis is capitalism itself, and they want the banksters to stop profiting off of our planet's destruction. Rising temperatures, toxic water, mega droughts, and super storms are some of the environmental risks of global warming, but these protesters wanted to shine a light on the economic causes, and dangers, of climate change. The profiteers on ...
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Don't Blame Climate Change Deniers 30.9.2014 Truthout.com
MythicAmerica is on a forced hiatus while I deal with health problems. But over 300,000 people in New York City the other day reminded us all that no one's health will matter much unless we take care of the planet's health. So I felt moved to polish up a previously unpublished column and share these thoughts with you: The old joke, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it," is no laughing matter any more. It's dead serious. Yet the United States seems politically paralyzed on this most vital issue. It's easy to blame the climate change deniers. But it's wrong. In Gallup's most recent poll only 18% of us denied climate change. In a CBS poll , only 11% were outright deniers. The vast majority of Americans are well aware that there's a real problem . More than four out of five agree with the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is happening now or surely will happen soon. And a solid majority believe that what they read in the news about climate change is either ...
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Rocket's Red Glare, Bombs Bursting in Air Steal Global Climate Protests' Thunder [Pt. II] 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Part 1 focused on the People's Climate March, the UN Climate Summit, global climate negotiations, and the effects of the new Middle Eastern air war escalation on the media's desultory coverage of the global climate protest movement. Part 2 provides a brief critique of the Obama Administration's climate policies. Climate activists see the President piously jaw-boning about the need for action to protect the climate for our children while his Administration is busily throwing millions of acres of public lands open to oil, gas and coal producers even as the State Department promotes fracking abroad, as if fracking were a solution to climate change and not a part of the problem. We will one day come to regret brashly disseminating this harmful technology just as we should rue the post-World War II Federal program that spread nuclear power technology around the world in the name of commercializing nuclear reactors, only to multiply the risks of nuclear weapons proliferation -- much to our consternation ...
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How We Win on Climate Change 30.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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The Climate 'Marchers' Who Fought and Died in the Amazon 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Participants from Physicians for Social Responsibility at the People's Climate March in New York City, Sept. 21 (photo courtesy of Gloria Gonzalez) The 400,000 people who walked across New York City in this month's People's Climate March may not have known it, but their actions came on the heels of another event far away, involving indigenous activists in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest. Near the border of Peru and Brazil, they were making their own journey -- sometimes by walking -- to have their voices heard and to demand action on climate change, as were the marchers in New York. For many, the People's Climate March was seen as a success and a good start, providing some momentum on the issue of how to deal with climate change and a more hopeful and optimistic focus on challenges. Yet for the members of Peru's Asháninka indigenous group who were traveling to negotiate territorial rights that would help them better protect the forest, the "lungs of the planet," the outcome in the rainforest was ...
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After the People’s Climate March, It Is Time to Demand More 30.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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I Made This Video to Capture How My Generation Feels About Climate Change (NSFW) 29.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
I'm a singer and model, and my job is to look beautiful, sound beautiful and make people's hearts beat faster. I am also a climate change activist. You might think that my work as an activist would be really different from my work as a singer and model. That as an activist, I would need to be earnest, worthy and wholesome. You would be wrong. The activism I'm involved in is trying to be just as hot, just as gorgeous and just as thrilling as a catwalk show or mind-blowing gig. I am this kind of an activist because I think we need to make the fight for the future an emotional one. That we need to be as excited about it as we are about an image of a hot model or our favorite song. That fighting to stop climate change needs to feel like the best party we've ever been to. My generation is going to have its future destroyed by the melting icecaps, the weird weather, the crops that will fail and the millions of people who will get pushed across borders in the hunt for shelter, water and food. But we don't feel ...
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Long-Standing Economic Resistance Went Mainstream at People’s Climate March 28.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Don’t Blame Climate Change Deniers 26.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Young Climate Marchers: Support From Boomers Makes Us Feel Less Alone 26.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Lee Stewart, 27 | Aldie, Virginia (Photo: Kristin Moe)When more than 300,000 people filled the streets of New York City for the People's Climate March on September 21, one thing became clear: This is an issue that speaks to young people. In many parts of the march, it seemed as if half of the people there were so-called millennials—young people born roughly between 1980 and 1998, who came of age in the early years of the 21st century. The presence of so many young people at the march symbolizes their leadership in tackling the climate crisis. This is a generation that sees itself not only as having a vision for the future and the energy to implement it, but one that will bear the brunt of climate change's effects. Partly because of that, millennials have a lot to say about the role of older generations in the debate about climate and justice; some expressed a desire to see more experienced activists engage more deeply with the problem, while others showed real admiration for their elders. Others still ...
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Rockets Red Glare Distract Nation From UN Climate Summit and Import of Global Climate Protests 26.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
With the dramatic launch of the American-led air war in Syria, and the escalation of Middle Eastern hostilities against ISIL, the critically important UN Climate Summit in New York has had to compete on mainstream media with the far more dramatic war coverage. Given Congress, the public, and the media's notoriously short attention spans, the videos of exploding tanks, burning buildings, and fleeing refugees have also already begun effacing potent images of the historic People's Climate March in New York on Sunday and the Wall Street protests that followed on Monday. Thanks to the minimal attention paid by network TV to the colossal march by more than 400,000 people in New York -- the largest climate demonstration in world history -- it was all too easy for ordinary American TV viewers to forget about climate change, until the next climate disaster. Sad, because in the long run, the climate's fate is far more important to the world even than the desperately needed military campaign by the U.S. and its ...
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Climate Change: The Next Generation 25.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Kelsey Juliana, an 18-year-old activist, is fighting climate change in the courts and walking across the country to spread the word on global warming. As world leaders converge for the UN’s global summit on climate and thousands gather in New York for the People’s Climate March , Bill talks to 18-year-old Oregonian Kelsey Juliana, who is walking across America to draw attention to global warming. Kelsey Juliana comes by her activism naturally – her parents met in the 1990’s while fighting the logging industry’s destruction of old growth forests and she attended her first protest when she was two months old. Now just out of high school, she’s co-plaintiff in a major lawsuit being spearheaded by Our Children’s Trust that could force the state of Oregon to take a more aggressive stance against the carbon emissions warming the earth and destroying the environment. She’s walking across America as part of the Great March for Climate Action, due to arrive in Washington, DC, on November 1. “You don’t have to ...
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The Oklahoma Granny 25.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The television camera momentarily zoomed in on the elderly grey-haired matron in the midst of the historic climate change protest march in New York City. She was brandishing a sign that read "Angry Granny from Oklahoma." One reason why she would be angry immediately came to mind. The individual who represents her in the Senate, Republican James Inhofe, calls global warming a "hoax". But that's not all. He denounces those who advocate combatting climate change as wild-eyed "extremists" bent on doing away with fossil fuels and destroying the economy in the process. "God is still up there (controlling the weather)," Inhofe recently intoned in a Senate speech. "People would like to think it is man who is causing climate change. They don't want any progress." That is a pretty sweeping indictment of the more than 300,000 people from all walks of life and age groups who paraded in New York City on September 21. No one in the crowd was calling for trashing the economy. But there were plenty of vibes for ...
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The Oklahoma Granny 25.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The television camera momentarily zoomed in on the elderly grey-haired matron in the midst of the historic climate change protest march in New York City. She was brandishing a sign that read "Angry Granny from Oklahoma." One reason why she would be angry immediately came to mind. The individual who represents her in the Senate, Republican James Inhofe, calls global warming a "hoax". But that's not all. He denounces those who advocate combatting climate change as wild-eyed "extremists" bent on doing away with fossil fuels and destroying the economy in the process. "God is still up there (controlling the weather)," Inhofe recently intoned in a Senate speech. "People would like to think it is man who is causing climate change. They don't want any progress." That is a pretty sweeping indictment of the more than 300,000 people from all walks of life and age groups who paraded in New York City on September 21. No one in the crowd was calling for trashing the economy. But there were plenty of vibes for ...
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The Next Move on Climate Change -- Lessons from the First Earth Day 25.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When I ponder the next big push for action on climate change, I think back to the late summer of 1969, just before Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson vowed to organize a nationwide environmental teach-in. At the time, the United States did not really have an environmental movement. Grassroots activism was diffuse and often unheralded. Polls showed that most Americans were concerned about pollution, but the issue was not a priority. The federal government had not yet acted boldly to clean up the nation's air and water. Nelson's resolve changed everything. His teach-in became the first Earth Day -- the biggest demonstration in U.S. history. Inspired by Nelson's call to action, local organizers planned more than 12,000 Earth Day events that drew millions of people. Politicians took notice: Earth Day 1970 prompted a landmark series of government actions, from the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency to the passage of the Clean Air Act. Earth Day also built a new eco-infrastructure outside of ...
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Obama's Pitiful Pledge Epitomizes Failure of UN Summit: Climate Campaigners 24.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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What the Movement Against Mass Incarceration Can Learn From the Struggle for Climate Justice 24.9.2014 Truthout.com
The movement against mass incarceration can learn much from the struggle for climate justice. Environmental justice activists' engagement with governments, global organizations and corporations holds many lessons in fighting for justice in the criminal legal system. A general view of world leaders meeting during the first United Nations Conference on Environment and Development or Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. June 3, 1992. (Photo: Michos Tzovaras / UN Photo ) Truthout only exists thanks to the support of our readers. Help us continue to publish truly independent journalism by making a tax-deductible donation today! As the eyes of the social justice world turn to the UN climate summit this week, those of us involved in the struggle against mass incarceration would do well to examine the history of the campaign for climate justice. A starting point to connect the histories of the two movements might be illusions of progress. For the past four years, anti-mass incarceration activists have ...
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Obama endures as the lesser evil for liberals 24.9.2014 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The anti-Obama left was out in force. All 22 of them. As the president stood on the South Lawn to announce the bombing campaign in Syria, liberal demonstrators gathered on Pennsylvania Avenue on the other side of the White House to protest the man they thought was their ...
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Why the People's Climate March Is Significant and What Was Missing 24.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Civil Rights activists mobilized by the thousands for the March on Washington , suffragists united for the right to vote with the Women's Suffrage Parade and anti-nuclear groups took to the streets for the Nuclear Disarmament Protests . On Sunday, climate activists had our turn when 300,000 took to the streets to protest climate change for the "People's Climate March." In the last few decades there have been numerous marches, actions, protests and boycotts worldwide to bring attention to climate change. What made this event unique? 1) Sheer numbers. March organizers engaged over 1,500 groups and by some estimates 400,000 marchers turned out. Additionally, there were over 2,800 coordinated events held in 166 countries. The People's Climate March will be remembered as the largest protest of climate change in US history and as one of the largest mass protests in the US , comparable in size with the Vietnam war protests and larger even than the March on Washington. Mass participation is critical for media ...
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