Global Justice Ecology Project partners with Margaret Prescod’s Sojourner Truth show on KPFK–Pacifica Los Angeles radio show for a weekly Earth Minute on Tuesdays and a weekly 12 minute Environment Segment every Thursday.
This week’s Earth Minute discusses the links between the ever-worsening ecological crisis and the financial crisis being targeted by the Occupation Wall Street protests. To Listen to the Earth Minute, click here
Text from this week’s Earth Minute:
For more than 2 weeks, demonstrators on Wall Street have been standing up against corporate power and these protests are now spreading to other cities. It is the unjust economic and social system that sparked these growing protests that is at the root of many of the crises we face.
It is a system driven by fossil fuels–fuels heavily subsidized by the US government, which gives away billions to oil companies while slashing benefits for the poorest among us.
Fossil fuels are driving climate chaos, causing catastrophic floods, droughts, wildfires and crop failures that further impact vulnerable populations and cause social turmoil.
The US military is deployed to ensure these crises do not impede our steady supply of oil. This military also happens to be the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions on the planet.
Politics, economics, ecology, race and class are intertwined. If we are to find solutions to the many crises we face, we must understand these connections and take action–just action that respects Mother Earth.
For the Earth Minute and the Sojourner Truth show, this is Anne Petermann from Global Justice Ecology Project.