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‘Climate Change: Which way out?’ with Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Chris Hedges, Bernie Sanders, Kshama Sawant

November 23, 2014 Leave a comment
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From left: Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein, Brian Lehrer (moderator), Bill McKibben, Kshama Sawant

 

I was fortunate to attend the largest climate change march in history on September 21, 2014 in New York City. It was an incredible experience to see roughly 400,000 in the streets demanding urgent action on the climate crisis.

The night before the event, there was a great panel discussion featuring Naomi Klein (author of ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate’), Bill McKibben (founder of 350.org), Chris Hedges (author and former New York Times correspondent), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and Kshama Sawant (newly elected socialist councilor in Seattle who helped implement a $15/hr minimum wage in the city). It was an incredible night and the atmosphere at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Manhattan was electric, as you will hear.

Below are the speeches of the five panelists speaking on September 20, 2014 in New York:

Bernie Sanders – U.S. Senator from Vermont

[audio https://earthgauge.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/berniesanders-sept20-2014.mp3]

Bill McKibben – author, activist and co-founder of 350.org

[audio https://earthgauge.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/billmckibben-nyc-sept20-2014.mp3]

Naomi Klein – journalist and author of ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate’

[audio https://earthgauge.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/naomiklein-nyc-sept20-2014.mp3]

Chris Hedges – author and former war correspondent for the New York Times

[audio https://earthgauge.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/chrishedges-nyc-sept20-2014.mp3]

Kshama Sawant – Seattle city counselor 

[audio https://earthgauge.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/kshamasawant-nyc-sept20-2014.mp3]

 

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EG Radio February 28 2013: ‘Forward on Climate’ special with Bill McKibben, Van Jones, Naomi Klein, Michael Brune and Jacquie Thomas

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

102This week on Earthgauge, we hear speeches and interviews from the huge ‘Forward on Climate‘ rally in Washington D.C. on February 17. We have speeches by Van Jones of Rebuild the Dream, Bill McKibben of 350.org, Michael Brune, executive director of the U.S. Sierra Club, and Jacquie Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation in B.C., and interviews from the rally with Michael Brune and Canadian author/ activist Naomi Klein. We also have our weekly update from Kathy of Ecology Ottawa on local environmental events and campaigns in the Ottawa area.

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I was fortunate to have the opportunity to cover the huge Forward on Climate rally organized by 350.org, the Sierra Club, the Hip Hop Caucus among others. Roughly 40-50,000 people gathered on Washington’s national mall to urge President Obama to follow through on the commitments he made during his inaugural address in January to respond to the climate change crisis.

The protesters’ demands included urging Obama to reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which if constructed would carry tar sands crude from northern Alberta through the U.S. to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Organizers of the event called it the largest climate rally anywhere in history. Among the many displays and banners was a mock pipeline that read “separate oil and state”. The Rev. Lennox Yearwood who MC’d the event compared it to Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 march on Washington for civil rights. Following the speeches at the Mall, the protesters began their march through the streets of Washington to the White House. It was really an incredible sight to behold: thousands of people young and old carrying banners, chanting, singing and making a lot of noise in what was the largest climate change protest in history and the largest environmental protest in Washington in decades.

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Jacqueline Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation in B.C.

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D.C. at dusk after the protest

Following the rally, I had some time to visit the National Museum of African American History at the Smithsonian Institute where I came upon a quotation by the abolitionist Frederick Douglass. “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” So whatever you may think of the campaign to stop Keystone XL, it would appear that climate change activists around the world are beginning to wake up to the cold reality of Douglass’ words. We may well look back upon last weekend’s protest as only the beginning of a long, bitter and increasingly hostile battle.

Earthgauge Radio airs every Thursday morning at 7:00 AM on CKCU 93.1 FM in Ottawa and online around the world at www.ckcufm.com. Ottawa’s only radio program dedicated exclusively to environmental news and commentary from Ottawa, across the country and around the world. Podcasts on iTunes and right here on earthgauge.ca.

Earthgauge Radio November 1, 2012: PowerShift 2012 featuring Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben

November 1, 2012 Leave a comment

On Earthgauge Radio this week, we’ll be featuring a wrap-up of the recent PowerShift 2012 conference, which took place over the past weekend in Ottawa and Gatineau. I have two special features on today’s show from PowerShift 2012:

Click the audio player above to stream the show or right click here to download.

We are of course continuing with our annual CKCU funding drive programming today and we have our usual update from Ecology Ottawa on local environmental events and campaigns.

We kick things off with PowerShift 2012, which was a gathering of young people from across Canada intended to strengthen the movement for climate and environmental justice. Over 1500 youth from all walks of life, coming from all across the country joined together in Ottawa and Gatineau for a historic gathering to build the movement for a just and sustainable future.

PowerShift 2012 featured leading voices in the movement to stop climate change and social injustice including Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Winona LaDuke and many others; there were workshops and panel discussions related to climate change and environmental injustice; social activities and events; an Action and Advocacy day on October 29th.

We begin today’s show by listening to the keynote address from the conference by Bill McKibben, who is a renowned writer, educator, environmentalist and founder of 350.org, the international campaign dedicated to creating an equitable global climate treaty. In addition to being an author and journalist, McKibben has been a tireless environmental and climate activist. His latest campaign is called Do the Math and this fall, he and 350.org are going on tour across America to lay out the terrifying new math of climate change, explaining the incredible odds we face, and the difficult path we must walk in the coming years to create a livable future for our planet.

We also hear a media panel Q&A from PowerShift with Naomi Klein, who is the author of several books including The Shock Doctrine and No Logo. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s magazine and writes a regular column for the Nation and the Guardian newspaper. She has also written articles for Rolling Stone, the Huffington Post, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Globe and Mail, among many other publications.

Remember that we are currently in the middle of the CKCU funding drive! As you know, CKCU is a listener supported campus-community radio station. One third of our lean operating budget depends on the generosity of listeners like you and the station would simply not be able to operate without your generous support so once a year for a couple weeks we hold this funding drive. We are all volunteers hosting and producing CKCU programs so the station really does operate on a shoestring but it is expensive to run a radio station as you might imagine. Even a volunteer station like ours costs roughly $50/hour to operate. So think of it this way: if you can donate 50 bucks you are buying one hour of CKCU programming, which in my case translates into one Earthgauge program.

Even if you are not in Ottawa and are listening online or streaming this show on earthgauge.ca or on iTunes, we need your support. Even $10 or $20 will help us reach our goal of $120K. but if you can possibly manage a donation of $50 or $100 it would really help move us in the right direction. Please help us by donating online at  www.ckcufm.com. It’s fast, easy and secure. And please do specify Earthgauge  as the program you’d like to support. This would be kindly appreciated. Thank you!

Earthgauge Radio airs Thursday mornings from 7-8 AM on CKCU 93.1 in Ottawa. News and interviews on environmental stories from across Canada and around the world. Podcasts on iTunes and www.earthgauge.ca. Stream live on www.ckcufm.com.

Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio: PowerShift 2012! Featuring Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben

October 31, 2012 2 comments

Happy Halloween! On Earthgauge Radio this week, a huge youth conference climate conference took place in Ottawa and Gatineau this past weekend called PowerShift 2012. This was an historic gathering of over 1500 young people from across the country intended to strengthen the movement for climate and environmental justice.

PowerShift 2012 featured leading voices in the movement to stop climate change and social injustice including Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Winona LaDuke and many others. On tomorrow’s show we’ll be featuring the conference keynote address from 350.org founder Bill McKibben and a media panel Q&A with author and activist Naomi Klein (No Logo; Shock Doctrine).

We are of course continuing with our annual CKCU funding drive programming this week. As you know, CKCU is volunteer-driven radio that relies on donations to operate. If you listen to Earthgauge (or just believe in alternative media!), please donate online at https://www.ckcufm.com/secure/pledge/ or call (613) 520-3920 (in Ottawa) or 1-877-520-3920. It’s fast, easy and secure. Every dollar counts! Even $10 or $20 will help us reach our goal. Really, I’m talking to you. It’s just a few bucks. Please. We need your help.

We’ll also have our usual update this week from Ecology Ottawa on local environmental events and campaigns, and we’ll hear the international eco-news headlines from Deutsche Welle Living Planet.

Earthgauge Radio airs Thursday mornings from 7-8 AM on CKCU 93.1 in Ottawa. News and interviews on environmental stories from across Canada and around the world. Podcasts on iTunes and www.earthgauge.ca. Stream live on www.ckcufm.com.

Tune in tomorrow and please, PLEASE donate to the CKCU funding drive!

Interview with Naomi Klein at #KeystoneXL protest in Washington, D.C.

November 10, 2011 Leave a comment

I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak with author, journalist and activist Naomi Klein when I attended the Keystone XL pipeline protest in Washington, D.C. this past weekend. Klein is the author of several books including The Shock Doctrine and No Logo. She is a contributing editor for Harper’s magazine and writes a regular column for the Nation and the Guardian newspaper. She has also written articles for Rolling Stone, the Huffington Post, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Globe and Mail, among many other publications.

Click the audio player above to to hear my interview (3:05) or right click here to download.

Interviews, photos and video from Nov 6 Keystone XL protest at the White House

November 9, 2011 1 comment

Opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline continues to build

Polar bear travels all the way to DC to protest Keystone XL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just returned from Washington DC where I was covering an action to pressure President Obama to deny the permit required for TransCanada to construct Keystone XL, a massive, 2700 km pipeline that would transport tar sands crude from northern Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico.

The event was very well-attended, exceeding the expectations of event organizers, Tar Sands Action. Organizers had hoped to encircle the White House with at least 4000 protesters but estimates placed the crowd at somewhere between 10,000-12,000.

In attendance were folks from as far away as Florida, Ohio, California and, for course, Canada. I traveled down from Ottawa on a bus packed with about 50 enthusiastic students from Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. 20 hours on a bus over a 48-hour period (including one overnight) is not usually my idea of a good time, but it was well worth the trip.

Below you will find interviews and video from the rally. Highlights included Naomi Klein’s rousing call to arms and her Canadian perspective on both Keystone XL as well as the equally outrageous, proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline to the west coast of B.C. (see video below). Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians gave me a remarkably upbeat assessment of the prospects of stopping Keystone XL in its tracks. Having the chance to speak with leading climatologist and NASA scientist, James Hansen, was also a rare opportunity. In his speech (see video below), Dr. Hansen advocated putting a price on carbon emissions by taxing fossil fuel companies and distributing 100% of the proceeds to the public through a monthly dividend. He also said that one of the most important things people can do is to support the organization Citizens Climate Lobby.

Perhaps most memorable, however, were the many conversations I had with everyday folks from all over North America, from farmers in Nebraska to college kids who helped get Obama elected in ’08 to seniors who were afraid for the future of their grandchildren. People are rightly pissed about this proposed pipeline and many have said they will do “whatever it takes” to stop it. Whatever it takes.

Increasing our dependence on unconventional, dirty oil is not the kind of legacy we should be leaving for future generations. Yes, we need oil for now – nobody denies it. But according to James Hansen, the planet’s most important climate scientist, who was arrested at the White House back in late August/early September – opening up the tar sands to heavy exploitation would mean “it’s essentially game over” for the climate. Building Keystone XL – which Bill McKibben described as “a 1,700-mile fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the continent” – will only only ensure that our oil dependence will continue long into the future, our greenhouse gas emissions will continue to increase and long overdue investments in clean energy technologies will be further delayed.

You may also be interested to hear the comments of Bill McKibben who appeared on Democracy Now the day after the White House action. The battle continues…

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