Too many supposedly radical books are written by academics for academics, apparently competing to see who can produce the most incomprehensible prose. My list of ‘books to be reviewed’ contains literally dozens of overstuffed and overpriced volumes that only a handful of specialists will ever read, books with little or no relevance to the non-university world.
Performance artist Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir staged an exorcism recently in the Robobee lab at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), The Choir dressed up as queen bees and sang a song in honor of the threatened Honey Bee. With its capacity for artificial pollination, the Robobee could replace the Honey Bee, which is facing extinction.
A WIDE array of groups--Green Parties, socialist organizations, human rights groups, the Hip Hop Congress, among others--have endorsed the Global Climate Convergence's Earth Day to May Day campaign. According to the website, the campaign seeks to "build a unified movement that can link climate justice to...economic inequality, the racism of mass incarceration and mass deportations, the sexism of the ongoing attacks on women's reproductive rights, systemic oppression of LGBTQ people, [and] attacks on working people's living."
Oorganizers of a student/youth-led demonstration are hoping their 'XL Dissen't protest in Washington, D.C. on March 2 will be one of the largest actions so far against the Keystone XL pipeline project that would transport tar sands from Canada to the Gulf Coast of the U.S. Some 2,000 to 3,000 people will travel from around the country to march from Georgetown University to the White House, according to the predictions of organizers...
We have known not to expect much from the Green Party's Andrew Weaver in terms of an appropriate political response to the climate crisis based on his very flawed political and economic analysis. As a climate scientist and member of the IPCC, one would expect to see from him principled opposition to all fossil fuel development in light of the catastrophic implications of climate change.
A flicker of hesitation crossed Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's face as he paused to formulate a response to a question that many have been asking since last year: why is the federal government focusing its financial audits on charities that oppose oil pipeline projects? When he finally responded to the Vancouver Observer, he almost appeared to lump environmental advocacy groups in the same category as charities funded by terrorism.