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COP-15: a change in the climate of democracy

What makes COP-15 a turning point is that a new set of connections are being forged in the heat of the confrontation of active citizens from around the world with the reality of global political-economic power structures. Paul Hawken’s “largest movement in the world,” the movement of movements made up of environmental, social justice, and indigenous rights civil society organizations — which isn’t a movement yet until it begins to move and act in a coordinated manner — and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s “multitude” — the multiple and internally differentiated force that is, or that can become, capable of acting in common toward a global democracy — are both being born today, in the stark meeting of global justice activism with ecological reality. While the mass media portray COP-15 generally as a struggle between the rich North and the poor South — sometimes, depending on their political preferences, singling out either the US or China (and to a lesser extent India and Brazil) as self-interested bully nations who don’t want to be equal partners within a global climate deal (and with the climate deniers as a weird side-show at the scene) — the message of grassroots global activists is that “a new world is being born.” That message has new slogans and now new images to go with it. And it is filtering down to the places around the world where it will resonate most deeply. Continue reading

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The MAHB and Environmental Communication

The Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior project sounds ambitious and overdue, but needs to clarify its intentions. Continue reading

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McKibben on Colbert, Your Thoughts?

How effective was Bill McKibben at communicating his message in a comedy format? Continue reading

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Steven Chu on The Daily Show

The Secretary of Energy showed he has a good sense of humor, but missed an opportunity to skewer the climate crisis deniers. Continue reading

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Communicating about Chemicals

Conveying the risks of chemical exposure poses a major challenge. Continue reading

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