What if they pretend it’s a lake?
Archive | October, 2012
Has global warming stopped? … Seymour and Munckton on Venezuela’s election … US ethanol fuels global food crisis … U.S. govt report says fracking is reckless
South African Metalworkers Union: “Reducing global warming requires fundamental restructuring of the capitalist system. At the centre of such restructuring is the question of who owns the means of energy production, transmission, distribution and consumption.”
A thousand marchers form a human sign to protest fracking
“You’ve thrown the worst fear that can ever be hurled, Fear to bring children into the world”
To enable corporate land grabs, indigenous peoples in Ethiopia are being driven off their fertile ancestral lands and forced into new villages where there is little access to food or arable land.
In many of the countries where millions are starving, multinationals and foreign governments have taken over prime land for export crops, squeezing out small farmers
The latest science confirms serious health and pollution risks with shale gas. Researchers call for tight restrictions, oppose large-scale fracking operations.
Walmart spends millions claiming to be green. It lies.
“The situation that is unfolding on our front door step shows the disregard that Alberta and the oil industry have for the environment and the rights of our community and other communities.”
“Even with our most conservative estimates, it’s clear that climate change could transform the agricultural landscape across Central America”
Barry Commoner not believe that a just society could be founded on ecological principles alone, but had to take into account issues of social justice, such as racism, sexism, war and economic inequality.
Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation says provincial government and Shell have violated their treaty rights. “We’re going to fight your projects tooth and nail.”
The mining giant lied more than 20,000 times
Corporate media, which ought to be sounding the alarm, continues to deny or minimize the danger of climate catastrophe. Greens and lefts must build independent alternatives.
“If the environment is polluted and the economy is sick, the virus that causes both will be found in the system of production. And that is where their cure can be found as well.”
Some sincere environmentalists believe that markets in carbon offsets will slow climate change. In fact, as Chris Lang of REDD-Monitor explains, carbon offsets are at best a zero sum game.
Articles and quotes honoring and remembering Barry Commoner, 1917-2012
From the archives: “We must build a movement which can combat pollution not only on the street and in the factories, but in solidarity with every other struggle against the ruling class.”
When most writers were blaming individual behaviour or overpopulation for pollution, this pioneering radical environmentalist exposed the role of capitalism and profit.