Energy, Environment & Climate
With the climate change challenge growing more acute with every passing year, the need for the adoption of a new political economy that would tackle effectively both the environmental and the egalitarian concerns of progressive people worldwide grows exponentially. Yet, there is still a lot of disagreement on the left as to the nature of the corresponding political economy model. One segment of the left calls for the complete overthrow of capitalism as a means of dealing with climate change and the growing levels of economic inequality in the era of global neoliberalism, while another one argues against growth in general. In the interview below, Robert Pollin, distinguished professor of economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, explains some issues raised by each of these positions, and how to move toward solutions grounded in a fuller understanding of economic development.View Page
After hosting a panel at the Sanders Institute Gathering on the Climate Crisis and a Green New Deal, Sanders Institute Fellow, Bill McKibben, sat down with the Real News Network to expand on the vision of a Green New Deal and the consequences if America and the world does not find a path forward to fight the climate crisis.Read More
The world is not only facing climate “change” we are facing a CLIMATE CRISIS.
For thirty years, scientists have warned that we were changing the climate and now those predictions are coming true with a vengeance:
- The five hottest years on record have all taken place since 2010
- The 2017 hurricane season caused more damage than any other natural disaster in U.S. history
- California wildfires devastated a million acres.
- And weather events have cost the American economy alone 240 billion dollars a year
We need to start addressing this climate crisis and we need to have started yesterday. This video series addresses some of the major ways that we can address our climate crisis: Looking to countries around the world, holding corporations accountable, debunking myths about renewable energy jobs, changing how we talk about the climate crisis, and finally, the individual steps that we can take.Read More
While the best thing that we can do to fight the climate crisis is to join together (our recent video featuring founding fellow Bill Mckibben covers how to do this), we can also pair these group actions with the individual ones that climate organizations have been pushing for years.
This article outlines some of the ways that we can reduce our individual carbon footprint through: being more energy efficient in our homes, choosing renewable power, eating foods that have lower carbon footprints, making green travel choices, and recycling.Read More
People ask me all the time: 'what can I do to fight climate change?' And it's a great question... The biggest thing an individual can do is become a little less of an individual. We must join together with others to form the kind of movements that can push for changes big enough to matter.Read More
This summer's fires, droughts, and record-high temperatures should serve as a wake-up call. The longer a narrow and ignorant elite condemns Americans and the rest of humanity to wander aimlessly in the political desert, the more likely it is that we will all end up in a wasteland.Read More
What are the most effective weapons in the fight against the climate crisis? New energy sources? New technology? Political action? One of the most powerful tools we have is the language we use to talk about the issue.
In this video, Bill McKibben describes the ways in which both the public and the media can change the way that they talk about the climate crisis to ensure that all Americans understand what is going on, what is at stake, and what we can do to address it.Read More