Climate Change has the capacity to radically reshape our politics, economies and governments; for better or for worse. Many see change on the horizon, but what will that look like?
Refugees have progressively found it harder and harder to locate a safe and accepting place to live as the anti-immigration movement has grown from the periphery of the far right, taking front and center stage in modern day politics.
Fears around the economic sustainability of taking care of refugees and their influence on society and culture have intensified. Anti-immigrant rhetoric has percolated across western liberal democracies in response to the Syrian refugee crisis.
Climate action, indeed any mass collective action, is paralysed by the financial precarity of the working class. Too bad financial insecurity underpins our entire economic system.
The richest 10% of Americans own 92% of stock market wealth. When the stock market gains value, rich white Americans profit disproportionately.
Mental health transcends political affiliation. Psychiatrists must tend to anyone suffering mental afflictions, irrespective of their political orientation and beliefs. To take a position on the issue risks isolating people from the field based on political belief. But because of the nature of climate catastrophe, and the mental repercussions, a problematic paradox emerges.
Intersections of racial subjugation and environmental destruction are no coincidence. Whatever the form, an economic and political system that is driven by extractivism functions by devaluing life; commodifying the parts it can profit from – and sacrificing those it cannot.
In the face of this, the mainstream environmental movement in the West has been, for most of its 150-year history, implicitly exclusionary to people of colour. Even worse, from its birth in the late 1800s, it has been frequently complicit in racialized oppression, from the expulsion of Indigenous Peoples from America’s National Parks to the neo-colonial enclosure of land in the Global South for dubious ‘carbon offsets’.
As civilizations grow and evolve, history has shown that crisis is often what triggers the complete overhaul of old political and economic systems. In the case of climate change, ensuring the sustainability of our environment indeed requires a wide scale reconfiguration of industry, consumption habits, and the labour market. But what would such a reconfiguration look like?
Barring another global pandemic, next year the world’s governments will meet in Glasgow for the UN’s 26th Climate Change Conference. The meeting – pitched as the most pivotal since the Paris Agreement in 2015 – will bring together 30,000 delegates to hammer out how national governments will meet the ambitious goal of limiting temperature rises to ‘well below 2 degrees’ above pre-industrial levels.
Through the Lens with Dr. Gordon Menzies – Fundamentals, Factory Pollution and Environmental Economics
Through the Lens with Dr. Gordon Menzies Part 1 – Fundamentals, Factory Pollution and Environmental Economics Geoff Miller – Politics and Economics In our interview…
The COVID-19 crisis and its effects, from a bird’s eye view, are class-blind. It is a virus that can affect anyone no matter their race, socioeconomic status, gender, or religion. However, as the crisis plays out and we continue to feel the horrific human toll, it’s hard to ignore the failure of certain global economic superpowers to protect its citizens; the United States, for example, is a prime offender in this regard.
How Climate Change Affects the Free Speech/Harm Debate Alexi Barnstone – Philosophy and Culture In September 2019 Misha Ketchell, editor of The Conversation, stated that…
The Green New Financial Deal Alexander Barnstone – Politics and Economics 2137. After a financial collapse government authorities only bailed out corporations whom had mismanaged…
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