discussion forum

SCNCC Interviews

Join us on a monthly basis for a on-line and phone-in interview of key figures in the climate justice movement.

6. John Bellamy Foster, Ecosocialism, Climate Crisis, What is to be Done? (UPCOMING - )
5. Kandi Mossett, Audrey Siegl, Brian Ward - Stand with Standing Rock! (NEXT INTERVIEW - OCTOBER 3, 2016)
4. Brian Tokar, Climate Justice Author and Activist (SEPTEMBER 2016)
3. Margaret Klein Salamon, Director of Climate Mobilization (AUGUST 2016)
2. Ian Angus, author of the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System (JULY 2016)
1. Natassa Romanou, Research Scientist, Goddard Institute, NASA (JUNE 2016)


John Bellamy Foster: Ecosocialism, the Climate Crisis and What Is To Be Done? - Upcoming -

John Bellamy FosterJohn Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review and professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. He has written widely on political economy and has established a reputation as a major environmental sociologist. He is the author of Marx’s Ecology: Materialism and Nature (2000), The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences (with Fred Magdoff, 2009), The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth (with Brett Clark and Richard York, 2010), and The Theory of Monopoly Capitalism: An Elaboration of Marxian Political Economy (New Edition, 2014), among many others.



Stand with Standing Rock! - October 3, 2016 5:30 (PDT), 8:30 (EST)

Over 200 Indigenous tribes have joined the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (Hunkpapa Kalota Nation) to defend Indigenous rights and title against the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) which would transport Bakken oil and threaten water supplies. The direct action at Standing Rock has heroically challenged corporate power, coalesced networks of supporters, and united Native American tribes to fight for alternative visions for a just and healthy world. Throughout North America, First Nations land defenders, along with their settler allies, have been at the forefront of the climate justice movement, fighting fossil fuels at the points of extraction, production and transportation. The warrior spirit at Standing Rock has inspired multiple recent developments including the signing of the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion. Join us to learn more, and find out how you and your organization can act in solidarity with #StandingRock #nodapl


Meeting Number: 805 945 160
Password: SCNCC

Access Code: 805 945 160

Join a special on-line and phone-in interview with our guests: Kandi Mossett, Brian Ward. Other activists who have been on the ground at Standing Rock will be joining as well.

Kandi MossettKandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara – North Dakota) has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts that climate change and environmental injustice are having on Indigenous communities across North America. She currently serves as the Indigenous Environmental Network's (IEN) Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign, focusing at present on creating awareness about the environmentally & socially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing on tribal lands. Her local work is complemented by international advocacy work, including participation in several UN Forums and a testimony before the U.S. Congress on the climate issue and its links to issues of health, identity, and well being on tribal lands.


Brian WardBrian Ward is a long-time indigenous rights and climate justice activist.  His writing has appeared in Socialist Worker, The Nation, Truth-Out and the International Socialist Review.  He has lived and worked with the Oglala Lakota on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and is a member of the International Socialist Organization.




WHAT IS CLIMATE JUSTICE? Brian Tokar, Climate Justice Activist and Author - September 5, 2016

Brian Tokar has been an activist, author and a well-known critical voice for ecological activism since the 1980s. He has been the director of the Institute for Social Ecology and is currently a Lecturer in Environmental Studies at UVM. Brian's books include The Green Alternative  (1987, revised 1992), Earth for Sale  (1997), and Toward Climate Justice: Perspectives on the Climate Crisis and Social Change, which was reissued in an expanded and revised edition by the New Compass Press in 2014. He edited two books on the politics of biotechnology, Redesigning Life? and Gene Traders, and co-edited a recent collection, Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance and Renewal (with UVM Professor Emeritus, Fred Magdoff). His articles on environmental issues and popular movements appear in Z Magazine and Green Social Thought, and on popular websites such as Counterpunch, ZNet, Common Dreams, Popular Resistance, and Toward Freedom.

Brian has lectured throughout the U.S., as well as internationally, received a Project Censored award for his investigative history of Monsanto (originally published in The Ecologist), and was an organizer of the annual “Biojustice” protests focused on the biotechnology industry from 2000 - 2007. He is a board member of 350Vermont, as well as a contributor to the Routledge Handbook of the Climate Change Movement, A Line in the Tar Sands, and other recent books. Brian also represents UVM's part-time faculty on the Executive Council of the faculty union, United Academics. Moderator, Brad Hornick, System Change Not Climate Change

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Margaret Klein Salamon, Director of Climate Mobilization – July 25, 2016

Margaret Klein Salamon is the founder and director of The Climate Mobilization. Margaret earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University and also holds a BA in social anthropology from Harvard. Though she loved being a therapist, Margaret felt called to apply her psychological and anthropological knowledge to solving climate change. She began sharing her ideas for organizing for a WWII-scale climate mobilization to save civilization and the natural world on her blog The Climate Psychologist, and, along with Ezra Silk, and a host of other allies, advisors, and team-members, built the group from an idea. She lives with her husband in Brooklyn. Moderator: Brad Hornick