What is the character of racist right-wing politics today? Is it the crazed white supremacist who plows into an anti-fascist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, or can it also be the assurance by Lindsay Graham that an attack against North Korea would result in thousands of lives lost…. but those lives will be “over there”? What about the recent unanimous resolution by both Houses of Congress in support of Israel and criticism of the United Nations for its alleged anti-Israeli bias?
Paulette Richards has lived in Liberty City for almost 40 years.
In that time, the 57-year-old community organizer has seen some things in the close-knit and vibrant historically black community located in northwest Miami-Dade County.
She’s seen young mothers struggle to feed their babies despite working multiple jobs. She’s seen kids suffering because of a lack of resources. But recently, there are some people she hasn’t seen—some of her former neighbors and friends.
JOANNA Sustento lost most of her family along with 7, 000 other people in her city when Super Typhoon “Yolanda” battered Central Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013.
Four years later, the 26-year-old Tacloban native is traveling to the Arctic, along with other climate change advocates from Greenpeace, to confront the Norwegian government and a giant oil company, Statoil, which has another gas drilling project in the Barents Sea in the Arctic Ocean.
A chara, – I refer to the recent letter (July 18th) on the humanitarian crisis unfolding in East Africa. Concern Worldwide and Trócaire emphasise that “the time to act is now, before it is too late”. Humanitarian crises of this scale – fuelled by drought, conflict, and disease – will become more prevalent under climate change.
The countdown has already begun. Pakistan’s 5000 glaciers are retreating faster than in any other part of the world according to the Pakistan Economic Survey of 2014-15, and hence depleted freshwater resources. In 2010, the country was hit by unprecedented ‘super floods’ – described as a slow-moving Tsunami by then UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon – that affected more than 20 million people from the north to the south of the country. In June 2015, there was a killer heat wave in Karachi in which over 2000 people died.
As far back as 1977, Exxon scientist James Black stated that “the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels”. In the decades since then, the fight to prevent catastrophic climate change has been led by students, farmers, teachers, parents, scientists, military generals, and more. Now, the lawyers are catching up.