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BFP Forum: Which Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice?
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Did you miss our Forum: Which Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice? (Sept 5, 2014)

See Highlights on YouTube:
(each segment 28 minutes) 
Part I and Part II 

For 20 years the United States and its allies have sabotaged global efforts to stop climate change.

  • They promote false solutions like carbon trading and “voluntary” emissions reduction.
  • They blame developing nations for the crisis, ignoring 250 years of industrial development in Europe and North America.
  • They divert climate change funding for poor countries into schemes that profit private corporations.

Time is running out. We are on the brink of irreversible climate change. Why aren’t our leaders acting? Who will suffer? What must we do to create real change?

In the lead-up to the UN Summit on Climate Change in New York City, Brooklyn For Peace – Climate Action sposnored a forum to explore these issues.

Speakers:

>Sean Sweeney: Director, Global Labor Institute, Cornell; organizer, People’s Climate March

>Michael Klare: Author, The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources

>Janet Redman: Director, Climate Policy; Institute for Policy Studies

>JJ Johnson: Award-winning labor journalist; former editor, Our Life and Times, 1199 SEIU

 

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The War on the Planet

Presentation by Gary Goff at the Brooklyn Museum, as part of a “Perspectives Talk” in conjunction with its exhibit on War and Photography.

We usually think of violence as something that is abrupt and explosive-a bomb going off, a bullet finding its mark. The photos on exhibit here tend to reinforce this view. But there is another kind of violence that is increasing worldwide-the violence of climate change. Because it is incremental, it’s mostly invisible or at least not perceived as violence. But we need to reassess this view. Climate change is both violent and largely caused by human activity. It’s as violent as war. People’s homes and livelihoods are destroyed, their countries devastated, their lives taken. According to the UN there have been more than 4 million climate-related deaths since the 1970s.

As starling as that number is, the relationship between war and the environment is more than the high casualty rates they share. Environmental disasters cause wars and wars cause environmental disasters. Let me explain.

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Climate Action Rally in Washington, D.C.: Feb. 17, 2013

We came by the tens of thousands – to the nation’s capitol. Our demand was “Save Our Planet.” It was a protest to demand immediate and urgent action to reverse the course of climate change; to change the path of dependency on fossil fuels which is slowly but surely leading to destruction and decline of what has become a fragile environment. (See photos here.)

It was a bitterly cold and windy day but that didn’t us from marching around the White House to tell the President to be true to his words and reject the ominous and hazardous Keystone XL pipeline.
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