350 not only networks people together at the grassroots level, but connects fellow climate change activist groups and unites them for major conglomerate projects and demonstrations. It helps smaller organizations make big changes together. There may not be a more significant presence in climate change activism than 350.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – A serious part of a new consciousness concerning climate change must be addressing what it means to live as part of one global community that is in peril from the consequences of exploitative human behavior. This is not a mere moral abstraction, something to do because itâ€™s right and good. We will disappear as a species if we donâ€™t â€” no matter how much money we have.
THE CLIMATE MOBILIZATION – The publication of the The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has prompted some in the media to understand what we have been saying for a long time: that we face an existential climate emergency, and only a WWII-scale climate mobilization can protect humanity and the natural world.
BILL MCKIBBEN – Itâ€™s hard to be optimistic about climate action, not in a week when federal scientists reported that â€œthe Arctic shows no sign of returningâ€ to the â€œreliably frozen region of recent past decades.â€ Not in a month when Californiaâ€™s wildfires show every sign of burning straight through Christmas. And not in a moment when the federal government keeps scrubbing basic climate information from its websites. But something big is starting to shift.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – Dred Scott lives! With the Supreme Courtâ€™s declaration that President Trumpâ€™s third version of a Muslim travel ban is now enforceable, even as legal challenges against it proceed, the court and the country reopen the racism that permeates American history.
ROBERT C. KOEHLER – â€œThe people are being reduced to blood and dust. They are in pieces.â€ The doctor who uttered these words still thought the hospital itself was a safe zone. He was with Doctors Without Borders, working in Kunduz, Afghanistan, where the Taliban and government forces were engaged in hellish fighting and civilians, as always, were caught in the middle.
MURTAZA HUSSAIN – U.S. DRONE OPERATORS are inflicting heavy civilian casualties and have developed an institutional culture callous to the death of children and other innocents, four former operators said at a press briefing in New York.
JOHN HORGAN – Fisticuffs have broken out in The Guardian between two intellectual big shots, philosopher John Gray and psychologist Steven Pinker. The fight, which features lots of rhetorical flourishes and high dudgeon, addresses a serious issue: Is humanity achieving moral progress? Or, as Gray would put it, â€œprogressâ€? More specifically, are we becoming less violent? Iâ€™ve written about this question myself, so in this post Iâ€™ll try to adjudicate the dispute, indicating what each scholar gets right and wrong.
NORMAN SOLOMON – A simple twist of fate has set President Obamaâ€™s second Inaugural Address for January 21, the same day as the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.
Obama made no mention of King during the Inauguration four years ago — but since then, in word and deed, the president has done much to distinguish himself from the man who said â€œI have a dream.â€