"...we call it the Capitalocene because it’s not some innate quality of humans that has destroyed the planet, it’s a product of how the system of capitalism operates. If we are to stop the destruction of the planet, then we need to name the systems that cause it and observe that there are some humans who had nothing to do with it — that some humans are very importantly not to blame for what gets called the Anthropocene. Labeling them with the same term as other humans not only blames the victim in some cases, but it also obscures potential solutions to the climate crisis that aren’t about exploiting nature but are about entering into a much more reasonable relationship to the web of life." ... See MoreSee Less
Depends on what you put under the umbrella of capitalism. China is the largest emitter of CO2. Are they capitalist?
Industrialism & consumerism & militarism, sure. But capitalism per se? Not so clear to me.
On Saturday, December 7, Bill Bigelow is facilitating a workshop for K-12 educators, teacher educators, and activists, based on his book A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis. This is a great opportunity! ... See MoreSee Less
Bill Bigelow, curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools magazine and co-director of the Zinn Education Project, facilitates a workshop for K-12 educators, teacher educators, and activists, based on his ...
"The New York Times sparked fierce backlash from environmentalists Friday for publishing a news story that leads with a matter-of-fact comparison between Sen. Bernie Sanders' plan to finance the Green New Deal by taxing and fining the fossil fuel industry and President Donald Trump's claim that Mexico would pay for the construction of a border wall." ... See MoreSee Less
"Article misses a key 'expert' perspective: The climate scientists who are saying we need to radically transform every aspect of our economy in the next decade if we want even a 50 percent chance of a...
“BlackRock, which has $6.84 trillion in assets under management, could not be reached for immediate comment.
In August, as fires ravaging the Amazon basin sparked unprecedented deforestation, a report released by Friends of the Earth, Amazon Watch and Dutch research firm Profundo took BlackRock to task over its "substantial exposure to deforestation and land conflict risk".
The report concluded that BlackRock is among the top three shareholders in 25 of the planet's largest publicly traded companies with "deforestation risk". An analysis of BlackRock's holdings showed that the asset manager's investments in six sectors - soy, beef, palm oil, rubber, timber and pulp/paper- have increased by more than half a billion dollars in the past five years.” ... See MoreSee Less
What the Public Doesn’t Know Can’t Hurt Them — Can It?
Advocates of biofuels around the country tout them as better for the environment than fossil fuels, a fact that polls tell us the public doesn't disagree with.
Scientists, on the other hand, have begun to question some of those environmental benefits. According to some studies, biodiesels emit more of certain pollutants than regular diesel, and biofuels can have a larger carbon footprint than gasoline, depending on where you start in the production cycle. These findings don't seem to enter the public discourse. ... See MoreSee Less
The industry often referred to as "Big Corn" has a surprising amount of power and has actively intensified its lobbying efforts.In 2018 several biofuel interest groups each spent more than $1 million ...
Corn ethanol is more of an energy conversion, converting diesel fuel and fertilizer and valuable top soil into ethanol, than it is and energy creator. The Energy Returned on Energy Invested is somewhere around 2:1 in the USA. Not really helping anything. At least with sugar cane in Brazil, Ethanol production can reach 7:1 in the most modern plants. Still barely worth it. Fracked oil is about 15:1 and is too expensive to sell at $60/ barrel. Modern society was built on, and relies on to avoid economic collapse, $20/ barrel oil which was the historical trend average.
My perception has always been that corn based ethanol was originally meant to replace gasoline. Then like most federal programs once it got started and developed a lobby it has become a political football.
An interview with Klein via telephone about her new book. The conversation followed the rise of climate barbarism and eco-fascism, as well as the narrow path forward for the Left to win global justice and a Green New Deal. ... See MoreSee Less
“I Don’t Think Baby Boomers Did This. I Think Capitalism Did.”
What a great quote!
“I sometimes quote my friend Saket Soni, a labor organizer, who said: “They have disaster capitalism, we need disaster collectivism.” In other words, what is our plan for how we want to transform society in the context of the system failures that are being produced? You know, I see the sort of intersectional vision in a Green New Deal as that kind of counter shock. I’ve been involved in other projects like it, like the Leap Manifesto in Canada [which articulates a movement-backed transformation of society], and this has been a gradual process on the Left of realizing that we really need to have a vision for whatever the crisis is. We needed it in Greece, we needed it after the 2008 meltdown, and we needed it in Egypt. Too often there have been these system crises and really regressive forces have their “shock doctrine” plan and the Left doesn’t have a democratic counterpart. And I think the significance of the Green New Deal is that for the first time the Left does have a plan.”
The question is how to keep the Green New Deal from being co-opted by Capitalism.
“Anne Richards, chief executive of Fidelity International, said the world must end “our obsession with ever-increasing GDP” and the “primacy of shareholders” to foster the kind of long-term thinking that would help protect the environment.
Andreas Utermann, CEO of Allianz Global Investors, said the world’s growth mania — “nominal GDP growth, supported by population growth, [and profit] growth” — was clearly unsustainable, and suggested that capitalism in its current form is “borrowing from the future while destroying the environment”. ... See MoreSee Less
But is it even possible to have capitalism without the obsession with ever-increasing growth, when capitalism is predicated upon ever-increasing maximization of profit? The basic logic of capitalism is antithetical to an ecologically sustainable and regenerative society.
I pledge to NOT own large factories that spew clouds of Sulfur Dioxide into the air. I pledge to NOT own a military industrial complex that pollutes as much as 140 countries and consumes more than half of our budget. I pledge to not run a pipeline through Native American Land, which then leaks oil into the river. I pledge to NOT support weather modification programs that are being conducted throughout the country. I pledge to not wage war on countries in the Middle East, South America and elsewhere in order to gain control of their oil and natural resources. How did I do?
Carmen Skinder is a coordinator of Extinction Rebellion Youth Vermont, and has also been helping to create the declaration for the Climate Congress. She says that she is advocating for the legislature to demand zero fossil fuel emissions by 2025, in opposition to the common net-zero emissions that many are advocating for.
“Cap and trade is broadly recognized as a false solution by peer-reviewed science and economists, but continues to be at the forefront of nonprofit organizations campaigns,” Skinder said when asked if cap and trade policies were enough for Vermont moving forward.
“This is because cap and trade allows for the one percent to continue business as usual and continue to get richer. Nonprofits rely on foundations, who rely on rich people, causing their messaging to be influenced by what their funders, who are a very select group of people, want.”
We are witnessing "unprecedented" crop failures all across the United States, but the big mainstream news networks are not talking too much about this yet. As you will see below, local news outlets al...
To evaluate whether we are currently in a climate crisis, the public will look to each other — and particularly to the climate organizations, writers, and leaders. Are they calling it an emergency? Does the tone of their writing and statements convey alarm and a passionate desire for massive action to avert imminent crisis? Are they demanding an emergency response? Are they acting like it’s an emergency? Are they themselves in emergency mode? If the answer to these questions is “no,” the individual will conclude that there must not be an emergency, or that emergency action is hopeless because the leaders are apparently unwilling to coordinate emergency action. This suggests the sad, dangerous conclusion that NGOs who communicate with euphemism and advocate carbon gradualism are actually preventing the public from entering emergency mode.
In that pre-social media era, activists had to spend years mobilizing through community outreach and organization-building. Activists met near daily to drill, strategize and hash out disagreements. But those tasks made the movement more durable, ensuring it was built on real-world grass-roots networks. And it meant that the movement had the internal organization both to persevere when things got hard and to translate street victories into carefully planned political outcomes.
Social media allows movements to skip many of those steps, putting more bodies on the streets more quickly, but without the underlying structure to help get results.
Demand # 3: We do not trust our Government to make the bold, swift and long-term changes necessary... and we demand a Peoples’ Assembly to oversee the changes, creating a democracy fit for purpose. #VermontClimateEncampment #peoplesassembly ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to all of our partners who helped us to center our conversations at the Climate Encampment on the fundamental need for intersectionality in the climate movement and on the frontline communities that are most affected by climate change. Our speakers from the Youth Action Alliance, Migrant Justice Vermont, Vermonters for Justice in Palestine, Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools, and members of the Vermont agricultural community were amazing. #vermontclimateencampment ... See MoreSee Less
Extinction Rebellion Vermont is run entirely by unpaid volunteers — your neighbors and fellow concerned residents of the planet. This encampment project is emptying our pockets! If you can, please h...