1976: Viking I landed on Mars, the Ramones released their first album, the Soweto Uprising began in South Africa, North and South Vietnam reunified to become the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and Gerald Ford was in the White House. The same year scientists discovered that refrigerant chemicals, chlorofluorocarbons, better known as CFCs, were responsible for creating a hole in the ozone layer was also the last time when global average temperatures were below the 20th century norm.
According to new data on the climate crisis, such as new satellite mapping of the polar ice caps melting at an unprecedented rate released by NASA and the IPCC draft report leaked last week warning that if you stay on the present course, that increasing greenhouse gas emissions, there will be, quote, "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems". We are actually now in a climate crisis.
From the last chapter of the Green Shock Doctrine...Rather than define anew a list of solutions to the climate crisis, this section will put forward statements developed by social movements from around the world on the topic of real solutions. These statements were developed by hundreds of organizations, activists ,and social movements from all over the world who discussed these issues at great length in a variety of venues.
Listen to NYC Climate Convergence Organizers Natalie McClellan and Peter Rugh talk about the upcoming event September 19 – 21 along with some great information about climate in the media, earthquakes and more with Ken Gale!
Clicking on the links below will lead you to an archive of the show:
Chris Williams, an active member of System Change Not Climate Change is interviewed here in a series for The Real News. See the links below for full transcripts of these interviews, and click on the youtube.com like below for parts of the series...
Mark Jaccard yesterday said he is "horribly let down" by Prime Minister Stephan Harper's failure to "competently" enact emissions regulations in 2007 which would have kept his Kyoto Protocol promises on track to 2020. Harper himself, Jaccard says, formally withdrew from the Kyoto processes while charging the previous Liberal government with "incompetence" in neglecting to set in motion adequate policies to reach Kyoto goals.