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Confronting the Global "Triple Crisis" (6 posts)

  1. chrisc

    TUC Radio, are running extracts from the IFG Teach-In: Confronting the Global "Triple Crisis", "Climate Change, Peak Oil, Global Resource Depletion & Extinction" which was held in September 14th-16th, 2007, Washington, DC, the extracts are here:

    The original audio and video is here:

    And the presentations are here:

    I have listened to the 4 TUC Radio shows and will start to work through the raw footage next...

    Posted 9 years ago #
  2. chrisc

    A couple of articles about this conference from the time:

    From Empire to Earth Community: Author David Korten on “The Great Turning”

    The International Forum on Globalization and Institute for Policy Studies is hosting a three day teach-in this weekend titled “Confronting the Global Triple Crisis: Climate Change, Peak Oil (The End of Cheap Energy) and Global Resource Depletion & Extinction.” We speak with, among others, David Korten–publisher of the magazine YES! A Journal of Positive Futures and author of “The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community.” [includes rush transcript]

    Confronting the Triple Crisis by Thomas J. Quinn

    A Washington D.C. teach-in on climate change, peak oil and global resource depletion included a presentation from an Ohio nonprofit organization on how to curtail energy use in housing, transportation and food production. The teach-in, entitled Confronting the Global Triple Crisis—The Problems and The Solutions, featured some 60 speakers from 16 countries and attracted close to 900 people to George Washington University over three days in mid September.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  3. truthmod

    Just listened to the DN show. Hope more people are interested in this stuff. More and more, I believe that as a movement we can't have real meaningful paradigm shift or effectiveness without facing these fundamental issues (along with 9/11, hidden history, etc.). In fact, I think that the real, meaningful paradigm shift is possible for people who do not care about 9/11 or think it was an inside job but who do understand the fundamental flaws in our values/economy, but not vice-versa.

    I'm looking at the headlines and current gas prices and it's really starting to hit home. I feel like we've all been waiting, to see if it was really real...and now here we are.

    Food riots 'an apocalyptic warning'
    Gas: $3.38 Diesel: $4.05

    Posted 9 years ago #
  4. chrisc

    In fact, I think that the real, meaningful paradigm shift is possible for people who do not care about 9/11 or think it was an inside job but who do understand the fundamental flaws in our values/economy, but not vice-versa.

    Yeah, I think this is true.

    I'm working my way through all the audio from this event, I'm half way through Panel 3 - Views From The South: Direct Impacts From Triple Crisis:

    If you view the HTML source of the flash audio player you can get the URL of the MP3 file and download it...

    Posted 9 years ago #
  5. mark
  6. chrisc

    The latest Unwelcome Guests has some audio from the IFG Triple Crisis conference:

    Unwelcome Guests #441 - Irreconcilable Interests: Capitalism and the Triple Crisis

    Capitalism is based on a 17th century assumption, that there exists an endless supply of materials, commodities, and labor that can and should be marshaled to create continual economic growth. It has led to the dangerous destruction of our ecosystem and is on a collision course with climate change because the remedies required to preserve the ecosystem necessitate decreasing as well as different practices of consumption and production. From the ecological perspective less is more, it is prudent and responsible, in fact urgently necessary. From the capitalist point of view, it is a disaster , a severe decrease in economic activity, a reversal of economic growth, a depression.

    As long as we remain within the system and logic of capitalism, we can neither make human needs a priority, nor take the necessary steps to avert a crisis of mass extinction of our species and most others that is caused by the pollution from our wasteful industrial societies, which are increasing in size each year, driven by the imperatives of growth. Every proposal for dealing with our ecological situation seems to be accepted or rejected based on it's ability to generate profit rather than results.

    Bottom line, the right wingers are correct - what's good for the environment is bad for profits. Confronting that is a first step in having a real discussion. However, the health of our ecosphere is not negotiable, it is a prerequisite for life itself - to chose capitalism over the ecosphere is to chose death.

    One item it contains is David Korten's talk, which, is well worth listening to again:


    Posted 9 years ago #


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