Climate Change

Matthew Behrens
Sidewalk chalk rainbow - Image: Amanda Slater/Flickr

The ongoing pandemic epoch has exposed a clear duality marked both by increasingly obvious and blatant inequalities, hypocrisies and systemic failures as well as beautiful, loving and creative responses in the form of mutual aid communities and direct action to save lives.

Dutch academics
Dutch Manifesto April 2020
 April 20, 2020
170 Dutch academics sign manifesto for sustainable, equal and diverse societies based on international solidarity

The following statement, signed by 170 academics from eight universities in the Netherlands, has been widely reported in the Dutch press, becoming a focus for discussion on how to avoid repeating past mistakes when in planning for the future.

Abrahm Lustgarten
Patients were quickly evacuated from Feather River Hospital as it burned during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, on Nov. 8, 2018. (Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)

[BC has wild fires and dry creekbeds in mid-April. Come fire season, where does one evacuate to? Hurricanes would be even worse!]

April 15, 2020

The next several months could bring hurricanes, floods and fire, on top of the pandemic currently raging through the country. How do you shelter in place during an evacuation?

George Monbiot
A man demonstrates as Greenpeace stages a climate protest at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in Netherlands on Dec. 14, 2019.Piroschka van de Wouw/Reuters

[Note: This in the National Post.]

April 11, 2020

George Monbiot: Capitalism relies upon perpetual growth, which cancels out all our efforts in combating climate change

The following is adapted from the opening remarks made by George Monbiot in a Munk Debates Podcast with Andrew McAfee. Listen to the whole episode on climate change and capitalism here:

Carl Meyer
File photo of researchers on a NASA-funded mission examining melt ponds in the Arctic near Alaska, July 12, 2011. Photo by NASA
 April 13th 2020
When the Phocine Distemper Virus infects its victims, it produces symptoms that sound eerily familiar: fever, and difficulty breathing.
Robert Green
Bank of Canada - Photo: Etienne Martin

APRIL 10, 2020

The Bank of Canada’s response to this crisis shows we have the capacity to rebuild social programs, fund Indigenous communities and transition to clean energy, what we lack is political will

“The process by which banks create money is so simple that the mind is repelled,” famed Canadian economist John Kenneth Galbraith once wrote.

Patrick Bond
John Prine performing with guitar in later years.
From: Patrick Bond
Date: April 8, 2020 at 12:33:48 PM PDT
Subject: Thanks to musician John Prine - critic of King Coal in Kentucky; victim of Coronavirus
George Monbiot
F-35 Lightning Jets on HMS Queen Elizabeth in October 2019. Photograph: Kyle Heller/MoD Crown Copyright/PA

09 Apr 2020 

Governments attend to imaginary threats, while neglecting real ones.

published in the Guardian 8th April 2020

We are defending ourselves against the wrong threats. For decades, UK governments have been fighting not just the last war, but a redundant notion of war, spending hundreds of billions against imaginary hazards. At the same time, as we have become horribly aware over the past few weeks, they have neglected real and urgent dangers.


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