This week, David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin join us in studio for a story at the heart of the way we live: the end of growth. Are we reaching limits to our economic system? What principles could guide us instead?[audio https://terrainforma.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/terra-informa_october81.mp3]
David Suzuki and Jeff Rubin – The End of Growth
On May 28, Random-House Canada and Greystone Books announced that Jeff Rubin and Dr. David Suzuki would be visiting cities across Canada to deliver a message…one that you can’t afford to miss. Jeff Rubin, formerly the chief economist and strategist at CIBC World Markets, is the author of Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller and more recently The End of Growth. David Suzuki is the celebrated scientist, broadcaster, and environmentalist who’s perhaps best known for his role on the long running CBC series The Nature of Things. His latest book, Everything Under The Sun: Toward a Brighter Future on a Small Blue Planet, examines the interconnected nature of life on earth, and our role in it. Together, they’re turning heads as they tour the country to tell Canadians that a sustainable future is still possible, but only if we’re willing to change we way currently understand the economy and the environment.
Breaking Ground: Women, Oil and Climate Change
An international women’s delegation will spend 8 days touring energy projects in Western Canada. Led by American Peace Laureate Jody Williams, the group will tour the Alberta oil sands and proposed Northern Gateway pipeline route in British Columbia. Delegation members include Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer, award-winning Kenyan environmentalist Ikal Angelie, and climate scientist Marianne Douglas from the University of Alberta. The group starts their tour in Fort McMurray on October 9th, and ends in Vancouver on October 16th, where they will share their findings at a press conference. They will meet with women community and First Nation leaders, as well as women government and industry officials to hear how energy projects are impacting the lives and livelihoods of women and communities. The tour is organized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative. In September, they wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to block the proposed Keystone KX Pipeline, and calling on Stephen Harper to use federal powers to halt further expansion of the tar sands.
A Passing: Barry Commoner
Barry Commoner, a founder of modern ecology, and one of the central leaders of the anti-nuclear-testing movement in the U.S., died in Manhattan, on Sunday September 30th. He was 95. His training as a cellular biologist combined with his grounding in Marxist theory, made him a made him a powerful critic of capitalism and its systems of production in industry, agriculture, energy and transportation that emphasized profits and process with little regard for environmental consequences. He worked to connected the dots between ecology and social justice and believed that environmental pollution, war, and racial and sexual inequality needed to be addressed as related issues of a central problem. He was one of the founders of a survey of baby teeth in St. Louis that assessed the levels of strontium-90 in the teeth and showed how children were absorbing radioactive fallout from nuclear bombs that were being tested.
He made the science of ecology accessible. Among his works were “Making Peace with the Planet” and “Science and Survival.”