Posts tagged “Arctic”
May 18, 2015
In a decision that Bill McKibben has called catastrophic climate-change denial, the Obama administration has tentatively approved Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill exploration wells in Alaska’s Chukchi Sea this summer.
Seven Stories author and activist Subhankar Banarjee appeared on Democracy Now! last week to discuss the science and consequences of the plan.
Click here to read the author’s recent piece in TomDispatch, called “To Drill or Not to Drill, That is the Question.”
Subhankar Banarjee is the author of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, a book of photojournalism including first person narratives by more than 30 prominent activists, writers and researchers.
June 6, 2013We are so excited about Reinhard Hennig’s great review for Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point! Edited by photographer, writer, and activist Subhankar Banerjee’s Arctic Voices is a compelling collection of essays regarding threats to our Earth’s arctic.“…the diverse texts gathered in Arctic Voices…give a multifaceted insight into a region whose ecosystems have already during the past century undergone substantial change through pollution, resource exploitation and military use.”“The volume’s most outstanding feature is that it shows the Arctic not as a sublime wilderness devoid of human beings, but as a region in which people have been living for a long time, and in which contemporary developments
threaten not only nature, but in a great measure also indigenous cultures.”Check out the full review here: http://www.ecozona.eu/ index.php/journal/article/ view/342/685Arctic Voices will be published in paperback this August, with a new introduction by Dr. James Hansen.
May 17, 2013
Subhankar Banerjee, a leading international voice on issues of arctic conservation, indigenous human rights, resource development and climate change, recently shared some important updates about the future of drilling in the Arctic and President Obama’s recent endorsement of it:I wrote a letter to the editor as a follow up to the generous review “In the Beautiful,Threatened North” by Ian Frazier in The New York Review of Books of the anthology, Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point that I edited. My letter, “Can Shell Be Stopped?” has just been published in the New York Review.After the June 6 issue (with my letter) went to the printer a few significant things happened that relate to the letter that I’ll mention here briefly.On May 10, the White House published a 13-page document, “National Strategy for the Arctic Region.” It opens with a one-page introduction by President Obama.
February 28, 2013
After months of weather problems and issues with the drilling rigs and oil spill containment vessels, Shell has decided that they will not be drilling in the Alaskan Arctic this year. Although this is great news for the environment and the community, it does not mean an end to off-shore drilling entirely. While Shell repairs rigs and prepares for future operations of the already $5 billion investment, the company will also continue off-shore research and meetings with villagers to benefit the long-term project.
The US Department of Interior plans to do a full-scale review of the operation in the next few weeks. If you would like to learn more about this subject, read the full Los Angeles Times article or check out Subhankar Banerjee’s Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point.
August 2, 2012
We are creatures that breath air and walk on land – but what of the waters? Are we too detached to think of them as part of what makes the world tick and swirl? Subhankar Banerjee, editor of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the the Tipping Point, has a great article posted on TomDisptatch, along with an audio interview on the importance of a healthy Arctic, an unfortunately detached reality.
Check it all out here: http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175577/