We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Video: Fred Magdoff on the global climate emergency

Click here to access a two-part video of a recent Magdoff lecture posted on Climate & Capitalism.

In a total of 30:39m the professor deals with a lot of the issues related to climate change. I think you will find the lecture very stimulating and entertaining.
Fred Magdoff is Professor Emeritus in Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont and co-author, with John Bellamy Foster, of What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism.
On September 23, 2013, he spoke to over 200 people in downtown Vancouver, Canada, un-ceded Coast Salish Territory. The public forum, which also featured Jane Sterk, outgoing leader of the British Columbia Green Party, was sponsored the Vancouver Ecosocialist Group and SFU Labour Studies Program.