Posts Tagged ‘climate change’

Image from The Weather Channel on Youtube

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We start off this episode by discussing child-free women and climate change, drawing on articles by Katie, Linda Yang, Ruby Hamad and Wil Anderson.

Katie was amused by this sign we saw in Edinburgh – you can see more photos from our UK trip here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/progpodcast/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1654962444519419

Ruth Sanderson-Dredge from the Species Barrier podcast and Prevent Unwanted Pets Lincoln also discusses the sexism she faced as a young woman wanting to get a sterilisation. This is a continuation of Katie and Ruth’s discussion on child-free women from episode 166.

One of the puppies we got to hang out with in Lincoln thanks to Ruth’s work rescuing dogs (linked to above) – you can see more photos from our UK trip here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/progpodcast/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1654962444519419

We finish the episode by discussing: child-free/childless women in politics, comedian Myq Kaplan’s new album ‘No Kidding’, Jason Brownlee’s article on US intervention Syria, and the upcoming event in Townsville The Food We Eat: Its impact on environments & bodies – which Nick will be speaking at. For more articles on population recommended by Marcus from the Species Barrier, see here.

This episode is brought to you by “Marky Mark” – thanks to Mark for donating to our Crowdfunding campaign! You can read Mark’s writing about population on newmatilda.com and you can also hear Mark on our podcast, discussing population amongst other environmental issues.

Clips:

Anohni4 Degrees’, Myq Kaplan ‘Money, Drugs and Nicholas Cage’ from the album ‘No Kidding’, Garfunkel and OatesFrozen Lullaby’.

*Title shamelessly stolen from Myq Kaplan’s latest stand-up comedy album ‘No Kidding’, which you can buy here and check out all of his stuff at myqkaplan.com!

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Politicians discussing climate change. Sculpture by Issac Cordal.

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Nick is joined by town planner and environmental activist Mark Allen. We discuss two forms of climate change denial – both denying climate change is happening and/or is caused by human activity but also denying the action and changes that are required to seriously address the climate emergency. To discuss this, we draw on the article ‘Climate Change: Almost Half Of Australia Is Still Ignorant Or Confused, New Poll Reveals’ by Thom Mitchell and the documentary This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis.

We discuss government “action” on the Great Barrier Reef, the problems with “green” capitalism, statistics on the impact of the carbon tax (we also covered the carbon tax on episodes 5 and 63), climate activism and hopepreferential voting in Australia and voting for the environment in the upcoming election.

Plugs for Mark: City Limits on 3CR, Population, Planning and Permaculture Facebook group and Mark’s article on the Brexit.

If you are interested in hearing more on the issues discussed on this episode, check out our recording of the Left Q/A – Election 2016 event, featuring speakers from Save the Planet, the Socialist Alliance and the Greens – part 1, part 2. We also discuss this event and play some highlights from it on episode 138.

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Clips:

Men With Day JobsDenial Tango’, The Feed SBSGood Grief, the Bloody Reef!’, PJ HarveyLet England shake’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick and Mark’s discussion on voting for the environment in the upcoming election, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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This episode features an interview with Coggo from Melbourne Street Medic Collective on the recent #FloodTheSystem direct action for climate justice. This was an Australian-wide action and Coggo focuses on the Melbourne action, where activists shut down the entrances to Westpac, BHPBilliton and part of the CBD. You can see videos of the action on the No Frontiers Facebook page and Counteract have done a write-up on the event. In the interview with Coggo, he also discusses critiques of climate marches, Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett says he will only tolerate “passive” protests, the importance of direct action and the need for social movements to always encourage people to do more.

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Pic from @InsurrectNews on Twitter.

Also covered on the episode some analysis of the Paris Climate Agreement, thanks to Alex Whisson and Caroline Smith from RTR92.1FM Indymedia. You can listen to episodes of this show here and you can listen to individual interviews through perthindymedia.net and Soundcloud. You can also read the full Paris Climate Agreement here. There is also some discussion on Malcolm Turnbull’s (in)action on climate change.

We finish the episode with some points on the science show Cosmos and anti-capitalism.

system change

Pic from @InsurrectNews on Twitter.

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Clips:

The LurkersWhose Got a Padlock and Chain?’ – see a video of #FloodTheSystem activists singing this during the action, Indymedia – 14/12/15 episode – with Alex Whisson and Caroline Smith, Interview with Coggo from Melbourne Street Medic Collective, Logic ft Muslimah ‘This is our World’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of the interview with Coggo on #FloodTheSystem, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*Quote from the Logic song ‘This is our World’, which we finish the episode with.

green capitalism

The above image is from the ‘Anarchist Memes’ Facebook page.

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Nick is joined by guest host sociologist Dr Caleb Goods, author of the book Greening Auto Jobs: A Critical Analysis of the Green Job Solution, for this entire episode. We discuss what “green” capitalism is, critiques of green capitalism – focusing on the incompatibility of growth and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact generally (this graph, displayed below, shows this really well).

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This image is from Caleb’s book: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739189818

Also covered throughout the episode is: arguing against green capitalism in a time of climate change denial from the current Australian government, the role of individual solutions in combating environmental problems, and the degrowth movement.

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Clips:

Serj TankianHarakiri’, NOFXFranco Un-American’, Eddie VedderSociety’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features Caleb discussing critiques of green capitalism and his book, here: To Capitalism! The Cause of…and Solution to…All Environmental Problems and below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*The title for this episode is kinda stolen/modified from the famous Simpsons quote on alcohol.

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The “Climate Guardians” environmental protest from the G20. Image is from news.com.au

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We’re back for a short one where we do a wrap up of the G20 and some of the protests against it. These protests raised issues that were left out of the G20 agenda, which mainly focused on economic growth. We discuss Tony Abbott’s “inspiring” speech, featuring a MLK moment. There’s also a mention of Obama, US imperialism and drones.

There were a number of creative environmental protests during the G20, which was fitting as there was unusually hot weather during the meeting. Protesters buried their heads in the sand to mock the Abbott government’s stance on climate change. The “climate guardians” (pictured above) dressed as angels to raise awareness of the importance of taking action on climate change. We play an interview with one of the climate guardians, Deborah Hart from Climacts. This interview is from Indymedia on RTR92.1FM and she is interviewed by Alex Whisson and Ray Grenfeld.

The episode also features a discussion on some criticisms of the widespread criticism of Russell Brand from mainstream journalists. You can hear further discussion on the G20 and protests against it on our 74th episode.

This episode is brought to you by “Timothyyy!!”. Thanks a lot to “Timothyyy!!” for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too.

Movie Recommendation:

Pride. You can read about the queerphobic rating the movie received in the US here and you can hear the Queer Punx review Pride here.

Clips:

Captain PlanetTheme Song’, Mad as Hell ‘Series 4, Episode 8’, Interview with Deborah Hart from RTR92.1FM Indymedia, Austin PowersPeep Show ‘Series 4 Episode 5’, Daniel Versus the WorldSecond Class Citizen’.

You can listen to a short (6 minute) version of this episode, which features our movie recommendation for Pride, here: Pride is Rated R18+ in the US – Are You Kidding Me?!. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

SLudz King of the World

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam aka S-Ludz. Pic is by Katie – how rad is the pic?

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We start off this episode with a recap of the results of the recent Western Australian Senate by-election. There was a big swing away from both major parties, while the Greens and the Palmer United Party were the big winners. We argue Senator Scott Ludlam or “S-Ludz” and the Greens got their highest number of votes yet because of the their grassroots campaign and the clear alternative they provided to the Liberals agenda. The Palmer United Party attracted votes due to their massive advertising campaign, despite offering no polices (besides cheap chips). Also covered is Labor politician and right-wing dick “Joe Bollocks” winning a seat over progressive Louise Pratt, due to dodgy deals in the Labor party. It was good to see Pratt winning more below-the-line votes than Bollocks, but it wasn’t enough for her.

In the second part we discuss two separate studies – one from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and one sponsored by NASA – that both predict the end is nigh. We use these studies to argue that “green” capitalism will not save us and is also not intersectional – unlike “eco-development” it doesn’t take into account issues like workers’ rights and economic equality. We also draw on Antony Loewenstein on Left and Correct podcast (14/12/2012 episode) to talk about pragmatism in the Greens. Other stuff featured on the episode is another Austin Powers moment in Australian politics and a great comedy video by A Rational Fear parodying Victoria’s new anti-protest laws – which we covered on episode 51.

This episode is brought to you by “Caroline Fools Day”. Thanks a lot to Caroline for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips:

Mad as Hell ‘Series 3, Episode 9’, Ludapalooza – Senator Scott Ludlam DJs at Capitol, Simpsons ‘Hi everybody’, Austin PowersThe Hamster WheelThe Turkey Slap’, Katie’s interview with someone handing out how-to-votes for the Greens, Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 8’, Austin PowersA Rational FearHow to Protest Properly in Victoria’, Propagandhi ‘Rock for Sustainable Capitalism’, Dead Prez ‘A New Beginning’.

You can listen to a short (6 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on the Intergovernmental Panel Report on Climate Change showing that we are not doing enough to address the problem, here: Green Capitalism Won’t Save UsYou can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Image from @KieraGordan. *Thanks to Luc from Team Earthling who we got this term from.

This episode has been released in two parts. You can listen to both parts of the episode and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes here. You can also listen to both parts on Cyber Ears here or download part 1 on MediaFire here (14MB) and part 2 on MediaFire here (24MB). 

We’re here to discuss the Abbottocalypse and though we can’t say the word, we can help you through it. We draw on the article ‘Why an Abbott Election Victory would be Good’ by Andrew P Street to explain some of the positives for the Left in Tony Abbott winning. In part one we recap the Australian federal election, bragging that we called the election result on our 8th episode and discussing the results in the House of Representatives, Adam Bandt from the Greens holds onto his seat in Melbourne but James Diaz loses his, Nova Peris becomes the first Indigenous female in Australia parliament, a record number of “informal” votes, and this would only happen in Australia! We also question whether Abbott will be “a leader for everyone” as he claims – even from his victory speech and him being congratulated by mining companies it’s clear what the party really cares about. We challenge whether he is a leader for Indigenous Australians, people in poor countries whose aid he is cutting or the environment. We also cover the media coverage of the election, including the Murdoch media’s role in Abbott’s victory – with not just one front page calling for an Abbott victory but many, as well as the mainstream media generally leaving out the Greens and discussion on environmental policies. Also covered on part one of this episode was: Malcolm Turnbull has a The Thick Of It incident regarding an internet filter, more on the dodgy “postal voting” scam, and some updates on our 35th episode, which covered Stop the Arms Fair: we encourage people to listen to Kirsten Bayes on In the Sprawl and Al Jazeera and you can see a recap and photos of some of the Stop the Arms Fair actions here.

In part two of the episode, we continue the discussion on the article ‘Why an Abbott Election Victory would be Good’, comparing Street’s predictions of a hostile Senate that will block Abbott’s proposals with the final results. There was some surprising results in the Senate, with minor parties getting in with virtually no primary votes, due to preference deals. As a result, The Greens and others have called for reforms in the Senate voting process. We discuss how Wikileaks did in the Senate, Julian Assange on Rap News being one of the key events of the election (see picture 14), Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa asks Assange to stop making fun of Australian politicians, and Rap News interviewed on mainstream media. Also covered is individuals controlling four different parties in the Senate, and Stevie and ICAS Oceania on the Animal Justice Party’s preferences – you can also read Team Earthling’s statement and listen to their podcast episode on this issue. While The Greens have done very well in the Senate and things look good for their future, Andrew Wilkie has pointed out that the Senate won’t be as hostile to Abbott’s right-wing policies as many of us would have hoped. Even though this is the way it has worked out, there is still the opportunity for social movements to get active to limit the damage cause by the Abbott government. There are so many examples of this already occurring, with vegan activism, refugee rights protests against Abbott and Rudd, and even some satirical protest all happening on election day. We also discuss the event ‘We Need to Talk about Tony’ organised by a broad coalition of leftist groups in Perth, a growing number of protests occurring all around the world (shown visually here), recommendations for alternative media and music, unfuckitup.com, the human rights program that Katie encourages people to donate to, and we accidentally create the new segment ‘What’s Grinding Our Gears This Week?’ – which this time includes the show Kitchen Cabinet.

This episode is brought to you by Coggo from Melbourne Street Medic Collective. You can hear Coggo and the Melbourne SMC team interviewed on our show on our 29th episode! Thanks a lot to Coggo for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips (part one):

9 News ‘Tony Abbott Claims Victory’, The Simpsons shared by News.com.au, Anti-Flag ‘The Economy is Suffering…Let it Die’, Malitia Army ‘Back in Time Sound Effect’, Progressive Podcast Australia ‘Episode 8’, Back to the FutureTime Travel Sound Effect’, CNNNN ‘Series 2, Episode 1’, Austin PowersSharks with Lasers’, The Thick of it (Series 1, Episode 1), PropagandhiAnd We Thought Nation States Were A Bad Idea’, NotChukkov ‘Tony Abbott – Ladies Man (Ding Dong Song)’ – we also encourage people to watch Leigh Sales pwning Abbott – which is briefly featured in that song we played, Austin Powers, Flight of the Conchords, The Chaser ‘BABY parody – Tony Abbott’.

Clips (part two):

Lowkey ‘Soundtrack to the Struggle’, Knowing Me Knowing You ‘Bald Brummies Are Back!’, Lowkey ‘Terrorist (part two)’, Derren Brown ‘Guess Whom’, The Chaser’s War on Everything ‘Doctor Who’, The Micallef Program ‘Series 2, Episode 5’ – Question Time, Howard Zinn ‘Civil Disobedience’, The Hamster Decides ‘Episode 5’, Katie GoodmanI Didn’t Fuck It Up’.