Radical Responses to the Environmental Crisis

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 1:00pm
Mauricio Betancourt, Fred Magdoff & Victor Wallis

Climate change has brought about a multi-pronged environmental crisis that seems to get worse every day. How can we transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy? How can we restore biodiversity? What will it take for environmental movements to force changes in governmental and corporate policies? Can we restore balance with nature under capitalism or do we need socialism? A distinguished panel discusses what we can do to avert disaster. 

Fred Magdoff is Professor Emeritus of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont and author or co-author of many books, including What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know about Capitalism (2011) and Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation (2017).

Victor Wallis is professor of political science at the Berklee College of Music, former editor of Socialism and Democracy and author of Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism (2018), Democracy Denied: Five Lectures on U.S. Politics (2019), and Socialist Practice: Histories and Theories (2020).

Mauricio Betancourt is a Ph.D.candidate in Sociology at University of Oregon in Eugene. He has been involved with an agroecology project in Zaachila, Oaxaca, Mexico, and is the author of "The effect of Cuban agroecology in mitigating the metabolic rift: A quantitative approach to Latin American food production," Global Environmental Change (2020).