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.
We talk to Sharon Weil about her new book, ChangeAbility: how artists, activists, and awakeners navigate change, which is so very relevant in these times in which we have a regressive President and his administration, whose intentions are to take us backwards eradicating all the progressive gains we’ve made over the years for economic and social justice, and protecting the environment, and our Mother Earth from climate chaos.
Claire Hope Cummings is an award winning author, broadcast journalist, and environmental lawyer. Her stories are about connecting people, place and plants and respect for the ancient wisdom of traditional land based cultures. She is author of Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds. She is a member of a group called Wise Words that is searching deeper in these turbulent times, and HOW we do community.
Kerry Nelson, author of One Small Difference: Step Into Action for a Better World. This is an eight week workbook for people who want to change the world and serve in the world. It's for those who think about volunteering but never make the call; for activists looking for a group of like-minded citizens; for parents overwhelmed by the climate crisis and seeking ways to respond; for recent graduates seeking meaningful work in their communities. This workbook helps guide people who have good intentions into first steps into action.
KWMR Epicenter featuring Charles Nichol, immigration attorney, who talks about Protecting Immigrant Rights in the light of Trump’s deportation policies and the ICE raids. Eleanore Despina of the Immigrant Protection Committee of the local group resisting Trump is also on the show.
President Trump recent actions maybe overwhelming, but they have also inspired a tsunami of activism. Starting here in West Marin and Sonoma counties, how do we coordinate our work with national efforts to first thwart, and then overcome existential threat to our planet, the Constitution, and our daily lives? Hear from local activists capturing this wave of activist energy and strategic thinking to help us direct our efforts to the maximum effect in both the short and long-term. And finally, Norman Soloman will cover the national perspective.