“We have not come here to beg world leaders to care,” declared 15-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden at the COP 24 conference in Katowice, Poland. “They have ignored us in the past and they will ignore us again. We have come here to let them know that change is coming whether they like it or not.
This is an article I wrote a few years ago for a publication issued by the National Union of Public and General Employees. I don’t think they’ll mind if I re-issue it several Labour Days later.
FIGHTING THE NEW FEUDALISM
by Silver Donald Cameron
We are the wealthiest people in the history of the world.
Interview: Tzeporah Berman
You may remember the “Victoria's Dirty Secret” campaign from 2005 – a full-page ad in the New York Times showing a beautiful model in underwear, holding a chainsaw. One version of the ad (seen here) set the model against the background of a clearcut.
Our film Salmon Wars is in the global film festival Green Unplugged, opening today! To see it, click here: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/11758
Green Unplugged is one of a series of Culture Unplugged festivals that since 2008 have been visited by more than 60 million people from 39,000-odd cities across more than 231 countries and territories.
Tar sands oil and a regressive Conservative government are turning Canada into a “thuggish petro-state,” says acclaimed British journalist and climate-change expert George Monbiot.
“It’s an extraordinary thing to witness from this side of the Atlantic: to watch Canada, this highly sophisticated, liberal, outward-looking nation, turning into a thuggish petro-state,” Monbiot told Silver Donald Cameron in a new Green Interview conversation filmed recently in Oxford, England.
Andrew Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnano are "The Yes Men," the Merry Pranksters of the environmental movement, a culture-jamming duo who fight social injustice and crimes against nature using pranks, humour and their lethal imaginations.They're the audacious jokers who pretend to be spokesmen for Dow Chemical and go on TV to announce that Dow will (belatedly) take responsibility for the worst industrial accident in history, the Bhopal pesticide catastrophe.
Betty Krawczyk is a petite, silver-haired great-grandmother of 84 who may just represent the future of the environmental movement.
She's a jailbird.
As many of the interviews in this series point out, our world is now run by what David Korten calls "an alliance between the world's largest corporations and most powerful governments … backed by the power of money to integrate the world's national economies into a single, borderless global economy." Governments have become the agents of trans-national corporations and are really not answerable to the citizens any more.
A friend writes me to say he's discouraged about the net-pen aquaculture contretemps. I reply:
I actually think we're winning. When I wrote my original column in early 2011, it was to comment on the odd fact that this industry, which is so controversial elsewhere, seemed to be sliding along below the radar in NS.
Two new interviews and an upcoming documentary!
I haven't written a blog post or a Newsletter about The Green Interview for weeks and weeks. There's a reason, and I'll get to that – but in the meantime I want to assure you that production has been rolling right along.
The trailer for our upcoming documentary, Salmon Wars, has just been released! See it here: http://youtu.be/EimPqpMlInY
Background: in recent months, the international salmon-farming industry has been applying for new sites and new leases — on a truly massive scale. A pair of farms in St.