Pre-People’s Climate March Panel Discussion Blew Our Minds
Four influential people share their ideas
On the evening before the People’s Climate March, September 20, 2014, I was alerted to, and got to attend, a panel discussion entitled, The Climate Crisis: Which Way Out? Brian Lehrer, the popular host of WNYC Radio’s Brian Lehrer Show, moderated this 90 minute discussion.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders – Keynote
Senator Sanders was the keynote speaker. Suggesting that efficiency measures could play a considerable role in lowering our carbon outlay.
“With modest investments we were able to lower people’s consumption of oil by 30 percent. If we did that all over America we would significant reductions in carbon emissions, we would save people money on their fuel bills, and could create hundreds of thousands of jobs.”
Next on the panel was the ever humble, Bill McKibben. Co-founder of 350.org and author of many books, including Oil and Honey: the Education of an Unlikely Activist. 350.org was named that because the intent of the organization was to have their message spread across the world “and Arabic numerals cross the linguistic boundaries that words can’t. 350 means the same thing everywhere.”
“We shouldn’t have to be marching,” said McKibben reminding people that we’ve known about global warming for many years. Our leaders have chosen to do nothing. Listen to his presentation.
Award-winning journalist, Naomi Klein, Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow and author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.
“We know what we need to do but we are locked within an ideological system that tells us that we can’t. The climate change deniers understand this. If the science is true, if the science is right, then of course we need to break every rule in their idiotic playbook because it is at war with life on earth.” Listen to her presentation.
Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, and columnist for Truthdig.org
“The People’s Climate March is a prelude to resistance.” Chris was on his game with his passionate talk. Speaking about the Republican and Democratic parties, Hedges said, “Republicans appeal to one constituency, the Democrats to another but both parties have and will do nothing to halt the ravaging of the planet.” Listen to his presentation.
Kshama Sawant, a Socialist Alternative party member of the Seattle city council.
“There is an urgent need to get involved and stay engaged. Become a part of this struggle.” Listen to her presentation.