We speak with Kumi Naidoo, former director of Greenpeace International who is now helping promote Africans Rising! Africans Rising is a new pan-Africanist movement launching this May 25th, African Liberation Day. From the first point of its founding charter, the Kilimanjaro Declaration, Africans Rising focuses on Africa's environment and natural resources in the context of justice and liberation. What can we learn from this effort for our own struggles for climate and environmental justice in the U.S.?
The Patterning Instinct (Prometheus Books | Foreword by Fritjof Capra) is a global history investigating the different ways cultures have patterned meaning into the cosmos. From early hunter-gatherer societies to ancient Egypt to Taoist sages to the founders of Christianity and the trail-blazers of the Scientific Revolution, author Jeremy Lent reveals how various worldviews arose and shaped the course of history. He shows how values like ownership and patriarchy emerged with agriculture, and traces the rise of the European mindset of “conquering nature” as the underpinning of today’s global civilization.
Lent argues that our current global environmental crisis is not an inevitable result of human nature, but is culturally driven: a product of particular mental patterns that could conceivably be reshaped. He suggests that a transformation of our dominant worldview is required to redirect our society toward a more hopeful future. Even if we can somehow avert climate catastrophe, new existential crises will inevitably arise unless our civilization fundamentally changes its core values. We can only make this change by understanding the source of these values, and the ways in which they impact our future.
Lynn Woolsey shares her uniquely well-informed perspective about the state of the nation, strategies for our community response to President Trump and her thoughts about how she would respond if she were still in Congress. – From 1993 to 2013, for 20 years, Lynn was our Congresswoman in Marin and most of Sonoma County advocating for Progressive causes and speaking out against the War in Iraq. Since retiring she served as the national President of Americans for Democratic Action, is a member of the National Commmittee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Advisory Committee and is a member of Reformers Caucus of Issue One, which is the largest bipartisan group of former members of Congress and governors ever assembled to take money out of politics, which she considers key to saving our democracy. This is to highlight only small fraction of her laudable career and continuing activities.
Lynn is in conversation with Mark Dowie – who lives on the edge of Tomales Bay near Inverness . Mark is a former editor at Mother Jones magazine, is an investigative reporter, an award-winning journalist and author. Some of his books include: Losing Ground: American Environmentalism at the Close of the Twentieth Century, American Foundations: An Investigative History, Conservation Refugees: The Hundred-Year Conflict between Global Conservation and Native Peoples
We interview Nick Buxton, co-editor of ‘The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-Changed World’, and will discuss the themes of his new book. Buxton is a communications consultant, activist and researcher based at the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. Join us on Post-Carbon Radio Monday at 1 pm for an informed dive into the points of convergence and conflict between two of the most important issues of our time.
With the Trump administration denying climate change and de-fanging the EPA, what is the US military thinking - and planning to do? Can their power and influence help the climate movement succeed? Who will be protected, who will be neglected, who will suffer, and who will pay, if the military get their way? What about the intelligence agencies? What are the consequences of viewing climate change through the lens of national security? Is there a better way?
Norman Solomon addresses West Marin Standing Together on April 8, 2017 at the Dance Palace. Norman is a journalist, media critic, antiwar activist and former U.S. Congressional candidate. He was elected as a pledged Bernie Sanders delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Norman just returned from New York where he’s had meetings and interviews on current aspects of what Martin Luther King called "the madness of militarism” - a relevant subject currently, given Trump’s attack on Syria the other day.
Panelists: Drew Dellinger, Winona LaDuke, Melissa Nelson. Moderator: John Hausdoerffer.
We are the links between our ancestors and our descendants. What can we learn from our ancestors and their relationship to the land that would inspire us to benefit the environment and the generations that follow us? Future stories, those told about us by our descendants, depend in large part on our actions today. How will our children and grandchildren survive in the world we leave them? What will be our legacy to the land we call home?
A discussion about the role of war and the military in causing global warming. How much does the U.S. military contribute to climate change? What happened to the old anti-war movement? Can we afford a 10% increase in the military budget? Do we need it? How does the issue of the military's role in climate change fit into a broader social change agenda, including local movements of resistance?
Our guests are Janet Weil, long-time Bay Area anti-war activist and former Code Pink staffer. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Janet is also a co-founder of the SF 99% Coalition.
And Cecile Pineda, activist and author most recently of Apology to a Whale, Words to Mend a World. Her writing has received numerous awards and citations. Her archive is held by the Stanford University Special collections library. Her website is cecilepineda.com.
Joanna Macy writes of her work: "Cecile Pineda has the nerve to ask the one simple question...that could save us: What has happened to our mind that we are killing our world?"
Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned Native American Indian activism and advocate for environmental, women's, and children's rights. She is founder and Campaign Director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, preservation-based land acquisition, environmental advocacy, and cultural organization, and founder and co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network.
As one of northern California’s most exceptional literary gatherings, the Geography of Hope Conference brings together leading writers and activists to the coastal village of Point Reyes Station for a three-day feast of readings, discussions, and activities to inspire and deepen an understanding of the relationships between people and place.
We interview presenters, Lauret Savoy and Wendy Johnson, and Steve Costa, co-founder of Black Mountain Circle, a co-sponsor of Geography of Hope.
Tracing memory threads Lauret Savoy’s life and work: unearthing what is buried, remembering what is fragmented, shattered, eroded. A woman of African American, Euro-American, and Native American heritage, she weaves together stories we tell of the American land’s origins and the stories we tell of ourselves in this land. Her latest book, Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape, won the 2016 American Book Award. It was also a finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award among other honors. Lauret is a professor of environmental studies and geology at Mount Holyoke College, a photographer, and pilot.
Wendy Johnson leads meditation retreats nationwide as an ordained lay dharma teacher in the traditions of Vietnamese teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and the San Francisco Zen Center. She co-founded the Organic Farm and Garden Program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center in Marin County, which inspired her book Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate. Since 2009, she has served as a founding instructor and mentor at College of Marin’s Indian Valley Educational Organic Farm and Garden.
As native people here in West Marin and throughout the world have taught us, we can best care for the land by knowing its history, by cherishing its stories, and by actively working to protect it. The Conference hopes to stimulate conversations honoring ancestral connections to this and other landscapes—whether Native American, European, African, Asian, Latino, or elsewhere—that will lead to dialogues between generations and cultures to help us reconnect to place and restore balance to Mother Earth.
“This is a time of unprecedented threats to clean water and air, national parks and forests, and to productive farmland,” conference founder Steve Costa says. “Clearly in the coming months and years, we will be called upon again and again to act to protect our fragile ecology. We will be called upon to decide what kind of ancestors we will become.”
David Morris, a part-time local resident of Point Reyes Station, and long-time activist who co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in 1974, then gave a short overview of “the big picture.” He observed that we were seeing an unprecedented centralization of power and the monopolization of the media in the Trump administration, where the President is governing as a CEO. He warned that the merging of corporate and political realms is dominated by the corporate goal of increasing earnings. This is the definition of fascism. He also pointed out the ominous trend toward privatization of the public sector and the pre-emption of the state by the federal and the city by the states through conditions attached to vital funding.