Saturday, April 21, 2007

Earth Day from The Nation

Java Studios highly recommends The Nation. It is the foremost voice for independent and progressive political discourse in the country today. Here is a post from the weekly publication on the most critical issue facing our generation that dwarfs all others. While Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death are commonly referred as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, global warming, or climate change is regarded by many as the very stable from whence they emerge.

As we approach Earth Day the good news is that ecological consciousness is at an all-time high. The bad news is that we really need it. As Mark Hertsgaard writes in The Nation's just-released special issue on the environment and the emerging climate crisis, "We must accept, unfortunately, that the battle to prevent global warming is over; now, the race to survive it has begun. This race will continue for the rest of our lives, testing human ingenuity, institutions, and values as never before. Losses are inevitable, but the situation is not hopeless."
The special issue subjects faddish solutions such as 'clean coal' and carbon offsets to serious scrutiny, and introduces radical new proposals: James Hansen, Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, outlines a 5-point-plan for transforming our energy infrastructure and Christian Parenti says Green utilities are growing, but they need to grow much faster. Doug Henwood wonders if the ruling classes can save the world from global warming. There's also a dispatch by Matthew Gilbert, a member of the Gwich'in tribe of northeastern Alaska, offering a rare perspective on the devastating effects of climate change on his people's way of life and an essay by Elizabeth Economy, Director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, who considers the "nightmarishly bad" implications of China's development strategy while chronicling the country's search for a green path to growth.
Offering a frank look at the extent of the climate crisis while also seeking to restore hope to the discussion, this issue sets out a broad program for a green future.

If you're in the New York City area, you can see Hertsgaard give a talk based on his recent Nation article at Columbia University on Monday, April 23, The event takes place at 8:00pm in Fayerweather Hall, room 313 on the Columbia University campus. Click here for details and directions.
If you're in Chicago, check out this weekend's Green Festival. It's taking place all day on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22 at McCormick Place. Co-produced by Global Exchange and Co-Op America and co-sponsored by The Nation, The Green Festival brings together socially responsible businesses, environmental groups, leading thinkers on the economy and social justice, the best in organic food, and thousands of attendees for a two-day party aimed at expanding popular support for ecological sustainability and social justice. The Chicago Green Festival will feature more than 300 exhibiters and 150 speakers as well as a special talk by The Nation's Chris Hayes on Sunday, April 22 at 3:00 in Room 1. The Nation will be at booth #2008 all weekend. Click here for a full schedule. And if you can't make it to Chicago, check out the GF website for info on webcasts.
Finally, please visit The Nation online to listen to RadioNation with Laura Flanders, to read new Nation blogs, to view newsfeed links updated each day, to see when Nation writers are appearing on TV and radio, to find info on nationwide activist campaigns, and to read exclusive online reports and special weekly selections from The Nation magazine!

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