SCNCC Interviews

SCNCC has organized on-line and phone-interviews of key figures of the climate justice movement.

Brian Tokar, Climate Justice Author and Activist
Margaret Klein Salamon, Director of Climate Mobilization
Ian Angus, author of the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System
Natassa Romanou, Research Scientist, Goddard Institute, NASA

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

 


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

 


Ian Angus, Ecosocialist, Author - June 2016

Ian Angus is editor of the online ecosocialist journal Climate & Capitalism, and co-author of the Belem Ecosocialist Declaration. His most recent book, Facing the Anthropocene: Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System, (Monthly Review Press, 2016) has been praised by Michael Lebowitz as a “crucial political intervention,” by Michael Lowy as “an outstanding contribution” and by John Bellamy Foster as “the most up-to-date and eloquent manifesto” of ecosocialism. 

Bridging the gap between Earth System science and ecological Marxism, Facing the Anthropocene examines not only the latest scientific findings about the physical causes and consequences of the Anthropocene transition, but also the social and economic trends that underlie the crisis. It offers a unique synthesis of natural and social science that illustrates how capitalism's inexorable drive for growth, powered by the rapid burning of fossil fuels that took millions of years to form, has driven our world to the brink of disaster. Moderator: Brad Hornick

 


Natassa Romanou, Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and Columbia University, May 2016

Research expertise: Global carbon cycle and climate. Large-scale circulation of the oceans, meridional overturning, air-sea interactions and variability, gas-exchanges through the air-sea interface, climate variability, turbulence and mixing parameterizations, ocean and coupled ocean-atmosphere. General Circulation Models.  Moderator: Brad Hornick