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Two Takes on the Future of Humanity:
Destroying the Earth and Standing with the Palestinian People
A recent report from the UN-established Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contains a grim and strongly-worded assessment of the danger facing the planet, the life on land and sea, and the future of humanity, due to the large-scale emission of carbon dioxide from burning coal and oil. The effects of this climate change, including severe drought, rising oceans, destructive storms, higher temperatures and melting glaciers, are happening now. Changes to the environment are occurring faster than predicted, and at an accelerating rate. Some of these changes may be irreversible, no matter what is done about carbon dioxide emissions in the future.
Michael is joined by Dr. Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University and author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, and talk about this report, the overwhelming evidence behind it, and what it means now and in the future.
For more about Dr. Mann’s work, including links to his works on the climate, check out his website.
In 2005, more than 170 Palestinian coalitions, unions, refugee groups, human rights, and social justice groups called for a movement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to build international support for three demands: End the Israeli occupation and dismantle the wall, full equality for Palestinians within Israel, and respect for the Palestinians’ right of return to their land and property. The BDS movement has grown into an international movement of many dimensions, including a cultural boycott of Israel, and campaigns for churches, universities, foundations and pension funds to divest themselves of stock in Israeli companies, or companies that directly support Israel’s genocidal policies toward Palestinians.
We hear about BDS from Anna Baltzer, National Organizer with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a coalition of over 400 groups and organizations, which works on the BDS movement in the US. She is an award-winning lecturer, author, and activist for Palestinian human rights, and author of Witness in Palestine: A Jewish American Woman in the Occupied Territories.
For more information about what’s happening in your area, or to get involved, go to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, or the BDS Movement website.