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"Climate Burger with Everything" by Priti Gulati Cox (2023)

Can we keep both fascism and climate doom at bay for decades to come?

The enactment of bold new climate policies—bold enough to quickly drive US greenhouse-gas emissions down to zero—can succeed only if we defeat the looming threat of far-right authoritarianism. And today, the nation’s anti-democracy, fossil-fuel-loving political minority appears more determined than ever to gain enough power to turn us into a sweltering autocracy.

November 30, 2023

Young sprout makes the way through asphalt on city road (2009)

This hopeless COP is the most hopeful in years

Now it’s so obvious that the system is failing, progress is finally possible.

November 30, 2023

COP 23 demonstration in Bonn (2017 )

Overcoming authoritarian centrism – a vision for the climate movement

With COP28 starting and this time hosted in one of the most intensely carbon polluting countries, it is time to reflect on the where and what of the climate movement. …We need to learn to search in ourselves for the points where false hope is keeping us from really expressing what deep down we are convinced of. In other words, we need to grow up and break the chains of self-censorship…

November 28, 2023

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Climate politics: The view from Washington

Legislation is not enacted in a vacuum. Successful advocacy strategies begin with understanding the political context in which proposed climate-related policies are to be debated and acted upon.

November 28, 2023

Episode 9

Holding the Fire: Episode 9. Finding Encouragement in Community with Shoba Liban

Shoba is a Boorana woman who promotes health and education in pastoralist communities in Kenya. Her work, and how she lives her life, offer a model of how to continue to serve and do our work, no matter the results. 

November 28, 2023

Tree ridge in flames during the 2018 Woolsey Fire, California, US (2018)

A slow-motion Gaza or how to carbonize Planet Earth

Amid the daily headlines about the nightmare in Gaza and the earlier ones about the war in Ukraine, that other war, the potentially ultimate one that humanity is waging on the planet itself (with the slow-motion equivalent of nuclear weapons — the burning of fossil fuels), is getting all too little attention. And yet it should be considered the equivalent, even if in slow-motion, of World War III.

November 28, 2023

A chatbot sits opposite a doctor and a patient. The chatbot gives a thumbs up.

ChatGPT says AI can help the planet. Experts disagree

We are an environmental humanities researcher and an AI scholar. When we asked ChatGPT if AI systems can help address the environmental crisis, the response unsurprisingly was optimistic. We had reasons not to trust it. Chatbots are not designed for veracity, but for guessing what the answer to a prompt would be based on content that has been previously written by others (humans and machines). The answers tend to favor the most popular, not necessarily the most critical, content.

November 24, 2023

So We and Our Children May Live: Following Jesus in Confronting the Climate Crisis (excerpt)

A Mennonite book on the coming crisis: “We are fighting to dismantle structures designed to remove Indigenous Peoples from their land so that our economic system can continue to extract and consume resources at an ever-increasing pace. This growth-based system, designed to generate wealth and profits for individuals, is threatening the survival of all life on this planet. Climate change, I have realized, is only one symptom of the real threat, which is ecological overshoot. “

November 23, 2023

Homeless man seaching for some treasures (2015, Israel)

Poverty and climate overheating: flip sides of one coin

The diseases overrepresented in impoverished communities – obesity, diabetes, emphysema, osteoporosis, HBP, asthma, coronary blockage, mental illness, etc. – are deeply entwined with shrinking habitats and overheated climate. We might even think of poverty and climate as a single, indivisible issue.

November 22, 2023

Boy asking a question Goshen Cub Scouts camp

And why is that desirable?

This is ultimately a post about values. More specifically, it presents a technique by which to get at people’s (or your own) values. Values are important, because they drive much of what we do:

November 21, 2023

Episode 8

Holding the Fire: Episode 8. Navigating Multiple Crises with Alson Kelen

In this podcast we’ve heard several people speak of the grave crisis facing humanity today, but from the perspective of how Indigenous communities have been living in these crises for hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of years. Yet, despite facing the most challenging forces of colonialism, they are still here, still persisting with resilient cultures. Alson Kelen, a native of Bikini Atoll, is one of the world’s few masters in the ancient art of wave-piloting. 

November 21, 2023

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Of settlers, colonists and doomers

Here’s how I’d parse it: being a settler is going to be an increasingly common human experience in the future. Lasch teaches us useful things about the politics of settler livelihood-making, while Ghosh teaches us useful things about how settlers must avoid becoming settler-colonists.

November 20, 2023

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