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440: Voices of Hope

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Jonathan Santos provides the music on this week's episode.

Jonathan Santos provides the music on this week’s episode.

KMO attended the Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis gathering in NYC this past weekend and connected with people working to foster non-violent yet fundamental systems change. The first three speakers at the conference were Helena Norberg-Hodge, Chris Hedges and Laura Flanders. You can hear their presentations on this week’s episode of the C-Realm Podcast as well as the music of Jonathan Santos, who performed live, on-stage at the gathering.

CRV118

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Vault_Cover118On last week’s C-Realm Podcast, KMO played part of a conversation with Brattleboro yoga teacher, Peter Rizzo. Some of that conversation, particularly Peter’s assessment of the yoga scene in New York City, was a bit more provocative than KMO wanted to get in the main C-Ream Podcast. Those juicy bits reside here in the Vault along with an extensive post-interview commentary from the lovely Olga K. Thank you for supporting the C-Realm with your Vault subscription.

439: Fundamental Systems Change

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Bhava Yoga's logo

Bhava Yoga’s logo

KMO’s conversation with Helena Norberg-Hodge of Local Futures, recorded at Cooper Union, continues in this episode. Helena explains why she does not like to advocate for “revolution” with it’s implicit call for violence. Instead, she advocates the need for fundamental systems change carried out in a non-violent mode. Helena will be one of the presenters at an event called Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis. In the second half of the program, KMO and Olga sit down with Peter Rizzo of Bhava Yoga. The conversation brings together the seemingly separate (and possibly antithetical) concerns of changing the world for the better and refining the character of one’s own consciousness.

CRV117

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Vault_Cover117KMO attended an event at the Murphy Institute that addressed the tension between climate activism and the labor movement. Unions seek to help workers secure good working conditions and pay, and the fossil fuel industry is a source of high-wage jobs. It’s also PART of what drives climate change. It’s hard to get people to support a campaign which could hurt their ability to earn a living and provide for the their families. The discussion was moderated by Sean Sweeney of the Cornell Global Labor Institute and features presentations by Bill McKibben of 350.0rg, Jill Furillo, Executive Director of the New York State Nurses Association, Christopher Erikson, Business Manager for Local 3 IBEW, and  Estela Vazquez, Executive VP of 1199 SEIU.

CRV117 Part 1

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Vault_Cover117KMO attended an event at the Murphy Institute that addressed the tension between climate activism and the labor movement. Unions seek to help workers secure good working conditions and pay, and the fossil fuel industry is a source of high-wage jobs. It’s also PART of what drives climate change. It’s hard to get people to support a campaign which could hurt their ability to earn a living and provide for the their families. The discussion was moderated by Sean Sweeney of theCornell Global Labor Institute and features presentations by Bill McKibben of 350.0rg, Jill Furillo, Executive Director of the New York State Nurses Association, Christopher Erikson, Business Manager for Local 3 IBEW, and  Estela Vazquez, Executive VP of 1199 SEIU.

CRV117 Part 2

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Vault_Cover117This is the audience participation portion of the Climate and Labor event that KMO attended at the Murphy Institute on October 31st, 2014.

438: The Great Grab

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If oil is the blood of the devil, then palm oil is his piss.

If oil is the blood of the devil, then palm oil is his piss.

KMO attended the Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth teach-in at Cooper Union this past weekend where he met and recorded conversations with Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute and Helena Norberg-Hodge of Local Futures/International Society for Ecology and Culture. Anuradha describes how agricultural corporations who portray their actions in terms sustainable practices and taking the needs of all stake-holders into account are pulling off an enormous land-grab in Africa and Asia and how the policies of the World Bank tilt the field in their favor to the detriment of local people. Helena Norberg-Hodge takes on the idea that humans are so selfish and short-sighted that they deserve to go extinct. This attitude plays into the hands of transnational corporations who are more than happy to see the blame for climate change, inequality and injustice fall on individual actors and not to the policies that create a marketplace which favors short-term profits over long-term responsibility.

CRV116

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Vault_Cover116Mark Robinowitz of PeakChoice.org traveled to NYC to attend the Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth teach-in put on by the International Forum on Globalization. KMO sat down with him to talk about the value of such an event. The conversation flows into a discussion of JFK’s speech at the UN on September 20th, 1963 in which he proposed that the US and the Soviet Union go to the moon as a collaborative effort. Two months and two days later, Kennedy was dead. This episode includes a portion of that speech which you can hear in full on Mark’s website. There are certain famous JFK speeches you’ve heard over and over again. Have you heard this one? If not, why do you think that is? The episode concludes with the presentation Douglas Rushkoff gave at the IFG event at Cooper Union.

437: Hubris and Substitution

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A graph of US oil production

A graph of US oil production

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman published an opinion piece in which he lumped The Post Carbon Institute together with the Koch brothers as representatives of “climate despair,” claiming that anti-environmentalist right-wingers and anti-capitalist environmentalists are both wrong to think that we can’t have economic growth without increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Richard Heinberg responded explaining how Krugman fundamentally misunderstands the aims and objectives of the Post Carbon Institute and how he either misunderstands or misrepresents the very reports that he cited to support his argument. Krugman then dug himself into a deeper hole with a second column in which he castigates physical scientists for thinking that they are smarter than economists. In this episode of the C-Realm Podcast, Richard Heinberg joins KMO for a discussion on energy, economics and climate through the lens of biophysical reality.

CRV115

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Vault_Cover115The conversation from C-Realm Podcast #436 with Solar Bob Fairchild continues in this episode. Bob talks about his experience in Haiti and on the prospects for improving quality of life for people living there. KMO and Olga are in Vermont this weekend, exploring the possibility of moving here, and Olga and Doug describe visiting the home of a yoga teacher who moved here from NYC and is thriving.