On this episode we’re joined by independent journalist Will Potter from greenisthenewred.com. He discusses: what ‘green is the new red’ refers to (linking the previous “red scare” about communism to the current “green scare” about animal and environmental activists), the way repressive laws target both militant and moderate activists, the ways these laws are creeping into Australia and elsewhere around the world, the power of corporations and their free movement around the world, and coalition building between different social movements united against repressive laws. Will also speaks about his collaboration with Rise Against (as shown above) and the power of punk music in bringing about social change and politicising youth. Also covered is emotional versus physical harm as a result of militant activism and using graphic footage in a way that is consistent with animal liberation – for more on these topics, check out our post-ICAS discussion with Team Earthling.
Some more plugs for Will: buy his book Green is the New Red, check out Team Earthling’s reviews of his book, like Green is the New Red on Facebook, watch his Australian talk, and listen to him being interviewed by our friend Jess from ICAS.
This episode is brought to you by “Generous Jess”. Jess is helping to organise Living Green Festival in Canberra on the 4th October 2015 – like the Living Green Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for updates. Thanks a lot to Jess for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!
Rise Against ‘The Eco Terrorist in Me’ – clip with lyrics, Rise Against ‘Ready to Fall’ – watch the clip here (trigger warning for graphic images of animal suffering), Will Potter ‘Propagandhi Talks About Green is the New Red’, Goldfinger ‘Behind the Mask’ – watch the clip here (trigger warning for graphic images of animal suffering).
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