Posts Tagged ‘climate change’

Cartoon by: Lucas Varela

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On this show we respond to common criticisms of the Left, covering “woke culture”, “virtue signalling” and “cancel culture”. We also have some additional discussion on the Australian bushfires and climate change, which we covered on our last episode.

This is a Social Justice Warrior Happy Hour Summer Special on 3CR Community Radio 855AM.

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Clips:

NOFX ‘The Marxist Brothers’, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah ‘Obama Challenges ‘Woke Culture‘, Adam Bandt ‘Anthony Coalbanese’ – from the ‘PROTEST: Sack Scomo – Fund the Firies – Climate Action Now (VIC)’ (audio on archive.org), David RovicsI’m a better anarchist than you’, Colour Me WednesdayCat Hair’, LowkeySoundtrack to the Struggle 2 (feat. Noam Chomsky)’.

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Image from @roweafr on Twitter – editorial cartoonist for the Australian Financial Review.

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This episode covers the devastating fires all around Australia and the political and media response.

It is a Social Justice Warrior Happy Hour Summer Special on 3CR Community Radio 855AM.

Overview of the crisis:

The latest on the NSW and Victorian bushfires’ (article on news.com.au).

Kate Ng ‘Australia wildfires: Half a billion animals and plants killed as glaciers turn black’ (article on the Independent).

Calla Wahlquist ‘Falls Festival at Lorne cancelled due to extreme heat, amid mounting bushfire threat’ (article on the Guardian).

Charis Chang ‘Former fire and emergency chiefs will host emergency summit about unprecedented bushfires’ (article on news.com.au).

Air quality ‘Very Unhealthy’ in Melbourne CBD (according to data from the Environment Protection Authority Victoria – 3rd Jan).

Government Response:

Scotty from Marketing: ‘Let’s live optimistically’ (tweet with articles from Scott Morrison).

Mexie ‘Our World’s on Fyre (ft. BlackGoat666)’ (video on Youtube).

Nick’s Facebook post on comments by the Fire Brigade Employees Union NSW and the incompatibility of neoliberalism and preventing and responding to this crisis.

Amy Remeikis ‘Volunteer NSW firefighters to be compensated, government says’ (article on the Guardian).

Media Response:

Nick’s article ‘Insiders, Outsiders: Media And Climate Change And Repeating, Without Question’ on newmatilda.com.

Amanda Meade ‘The Australian: Murdoch-owned newspaper accused of downplaying bushfires in favour of picnic races’ (article on the Guardian).

Picture from the Guardian article by Amanda Meade linked to above.

Take Action:

Protest: Victoria is burning! This is a climate emergency.

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj ‘How To Survive 2020’.

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Clips:

NOFX ‘The Marxist Brothers’, The Juice Media ‘Honest Government Ad – 2019 Election’, Frank Turner ‘21st Century Survival Blues’, Onsind ‘Never Trust a Tory’, Anti-Flag ‘Underground Network’.

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Katie happened to be at the same Convention Centre as the IMARC (International Mining and Resources Conference) conference as she was at a union health and safety event. She gives a first-hand account of the #BlockadeIMARC actions protesting those attending the conference and profiting from the destruction of the environment.

For more on this action, check out that hashtag, our tweets @ProgPodcast and the links below:

  • Article on the Victorian state government giving $900,000 to the animal agricultural industry to get their message out.

Clips:

Lagwagon ‘Cog in the Machine’, NOFX ‘Generation Z’.

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We discuss the Global Climate Strike and economic growth as a barrier to meaningful action on climate change.

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  • For more on the environmental problems with economic growth, you can listen to a very recent discussion Nick did on Freedom of Species with Meghan Street from Green Left Radio, which covered this topic, the Melbourne Climate Strike, plus a critical examination of environmental vegan activism: MEGHAN STREET – CONNECTING ANIMAL ACTIVISM WITH ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENTS.

Book Recommendation:

Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford.

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Clips:

SoleFlood’, Austin PowersSharks with Lasers’, Akala ‘Fire in the Booth – part 1’, KeshaRich, White, Straight Men’.

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Image from the Climate Emergency XR Snap Rally in Melbourne that we discuss on this episode. Pic from: https://www.facebook.com/XRVictoria/

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We commiserate about the election result and bring you speeches and music from the Climate Emergency XR Snap Rally in Melbourne. We play a speech from Violet (pictured in the small Mixcloud pic above) and music from Steven and Mark. You can listen to our full recording of the event here. You can get active with Extinction Rebellion, The Global General Strike to Save the Planet and The City Roars, an upcoming rally for climate action in Melbourne.

Good to see the Simpsons references still going strong!

We also discuss animal agriculture, veganism and the climate emergency. For more on this you can hear our 172nd episode and ‘Achieving Environmental Liberation Through Animal Liberation’ on Freedom of Species.

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Clips:

The Simpson’s in Australia ‘It’s an emergency’, Steven and Mark from the Climate Emergency XR Snap Rally in Melbourne ‘Stand Up, Fight Back’, Peep Show ‘Jez Forgets The Turkey’, Violet’s speech from the rally, Steven and Mark from the rally ‘What you gonna do?’, Steven and Mark from the rally ‘Never Doubt’.

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Nick is joined by environmental activist Mark Allen to discuss ethical Superannuation funds such as Cruelty Free Super. While these ethical Super funds are generally significantly better than “standard” Super funds and are worth switching to, we need to look critically into where they invest their money. For example, often there is just “one degree of separation”: while ethical Super funds don’t directly invest in fossil fuels (or animal exploitation as well in the case of Cruelty Free Super), they invest in companies who promote urban sprawl, which leads to harm to the environment and animals.

We also discuss the importance of divesting from unethical companies but the need to do more than just divest. Activists encouraging people to divest need to also push people to do more. On this topic, Sam Graham-Felsen’s article on encouraging supporters to ‘up the level of engagement’ is quite relevant – we discussed this on episode 118.

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Clips:

Ouch My FaceEaten by buildings’, Marianne FaithfullGreen Fields (Last Song)’.

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Nick is joined by environmental activist Mark Allen from the 3CR radio show City Limits. We discuss some tensions between animal rights, which values individual animals, and conservation, which values ecosystems and environments as a whole. More specifically, we discuss whether possums should be released from captivity into the wild if they almost certainly won’t survive; Oscar Horta’s hypothetical ‘The fox, the rabbit and the vegan food rations’; and Sydney Fox Rescue. There is also a return of the segment ‘When Karl Pilkington Makes Sense’ – this time on interfering in nature to help individual animals.

The episode also features Nick’s talk ‘Cowspiracies about Meat Eating Environmentalists, A Critical Examination of the Environmental Vegan Movement’. You can view the PowerPoint for this talk here and it is also embedded below. This talk was recorded at the most recent Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) conference – you can find links to all of the talks from this conference in the show notes of episode 152.

Also covered throughout the episode is: the importance of taking the climate emergency seriously; you know things are bad when the Doomsday Vault is being compromised by climate change; and Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich – covered on Cracked podcast and by The New Yorker.

We finish the episode by touching on the importance of the animal advocacy movement acknowledging and addressing the ongoing discrimination people face.

A common message in the animal advocacy movement – ignoring the fact that people continue to face racism, sexism and homophobia!

Book Recommendation:

Impact of Meat Consumption on Health and Environmental Sustainability edited by Talia Raphaely and Dora Marinova. Nick has a chapter in this book called ‘Environmental Concerns and the Mainstreaming of Veganism’. For more information about the book and some photos from the launch, see here.

Nick at the launch of this book.

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Clips:

Shock OctopusSafe Room’; Ricky Gervais podcastRicky Gervais, Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington Bonus Podcast; Nick’s talk ‘Cowspiracies about Meat Eating Environmentalists, A Critical Examination of the Environmental Vegan Movement’; Petrol GirlsHarpy’.