SCNCC Interviews


Dianne Feeley, Autoworker Caravan  — April 1, 2019

Dianne Feeley, a retired Detroit autoworker, has transitioned from work on the line to pushing issues key for the rank-and-file caucus, Autoworker Caravan.  Her activities with Autoworker Caravan include fighting to prevent the latest round auto plant closures and pushing GM to switch from single-owner vehicles to production of mass transit vehicles. Her broader Detroit activism includes a focus on the city’s income inequality and affordable housing struggles. Additionally, she is an editor and writer for Solidarity’s journal, Against the Current.  In this SCNCC Forum, Dianne shares her views on the Green New Deal and the opportunities for autoworkers to assume greater control of the places where they work and to push the plants toward a reduced energy use future.  Moderator:  Sandra Lindberg.

David Klein, SCNCC – March 14, 2018

David KleinDavid Klein is a longtime member of System Change Not Climate Change, the facilitator of SCNCC’s San Fernando Valley Chapter, and a professor of mathematics at California State University – Northridge. In this interview on Pacifica Radio station KPFK, David discusses the topic of Climate Change. Interviewer: Chris Burnett


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

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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

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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


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