Social and Climate Justice: Fraternal Twins of the 21st Century

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 11:00am
Gregory Diamant

For the past two decades some of our most eminent scientists have been warning us of the dangers of the steadily increasing levels of CO2 in our atmosphere due to our profligate use of fossil fuels. The steady warming of the Earth’s atmosphere; the shrinking of the protective ozone layers and our polar ice caps; the acidification of the oceans have all been remarked upon.

But what has, until very recently, not been strongly noted is that worldwide struggles for social justice can no longer be conducted without the issue of climate justice being part and parcel of these struggles. Just as our physical environment is and will be changed by anthropogenic climate change, so must our social justice efforts. In fact, Diamant will argue, that the fight for social justice on myriad levels cannot succeed without climate change informing all of these struggles. Yes, there will be catastrophic events: how are we going to confront them?

Upcoming Forums & Films

Monday, July 22, 2024 - 1:00pm
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Robert Meeropol
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71 years after the U. S. Government executed Ethel and Julius Rosenberg on charges of “conspiring to steal the secret of the atomic bomb,” is Ethel Rosenberg finally about to be exonerated?

Robert Meeropol, the younger son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, was six years old in 1953 when his parents were executed. In the 1970s, he... Read more

Monday, August 5, 2024 - 1:00pm
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Book Party
Cynthia Yoder
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Cynthia Yoder's memoir tells her story of working in a new university in Palestine during a time of political strife and upheaval. She describes the joys of life in Palestine against the backdrop of military occupation and the second intifada, which began soon after she arrived in 2000. Rather than give political analysis, the book... Read more

Monday, August 12, 2024 - 1:00pm
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Vijay Prashad
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Each year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) releases its World Migration Report.  In 2000, it wrote that “it is estimated that there are more migrants in the world than ever before.” Between 1985 and 1990, the IOM calculated, that the rate... Read more