Posts tagged “environment”
October 16, 2013Wednesday, October 16th @ 7pm The Elliott Bay Book Company 1521 10th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 www.elliottbaybook.com
Subhankar Banerjee has long been on the frontlines in the fight for arctic conservation and indigenous human rights. Join him at Elliott Bay on October 16th at 7pm as he discusses the current threats to the Arctic including the status of the various oil drilling operations, and celebrates the launch of the paperback edition of Arctic Voices.
Arctic Voices; Resistance at the Tipping Point (Seven Stories Press, October 8, 2013) is being released in paperback with updated material including a conversation with Subhankar and renowned climate scientist James E. Hansen tackling the tough climate change issues that threaten the Arctic and the entire globe.
Arctic Voices brings together first-person narratives from more than thirty prominent activists, writers, and researchers who address issues of climate change, resource war, and human rights with stunning urgency and groundbreaking research.
August 13, 2013On July 13, Douglas Storm at The Custom House sat down with Christoph Irmscher and Rachel Sideris, both professors at the Indiana University, to discuss Rachel Carson’s epic book, Silent Spring.“Carson’s legacy is still embattled,” Irmscher explained, “from pseudo-scientific attacks in the conservative press to entire websites directly blaming her for the death of African children. One of the special features of the show is that we go back to the book itself, reminding readers of what Carson, one of the greatest American thinkers and writers, actually wrote.”The hour-long show, titled “On the Banality of Pest Control,” explores both the lyrical and ethical heart of Carson’s book by asking what the ecological and moral effects of chemical pesticide use are.Lisa Sideris, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University and Christoph Irmscher, Provost Professor of English at Indiana University, speak about the ways Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring examines issues of authority and expertise and the drive to control nature through applied science as an abdication of our moral responsibility to life.
June 20, 2013
The Huffington Post featured a wonderful article yesterday by Subhankar Banerjee. In it, Banerjee recounts his frustration with the government’s attempts to silence dissent. He argues that when left with nothing else, when voices are silenced, we can tell the truth with humor.
Banerjee cites his “Climate-Silence Paradox,” whereby the government fears civil unrest provoked by anthropogenic climate change, but rather than working to remedy climate change, it pools its efforts into hiding it. Dissent from activists is monitored and contained in order to continue raking in profits from environmental exploitation.
He says, “Increasingly, it is the government that has become a public contractor–for private corporations–to provide security, with public money–by tracking environmental activists” instead of the other way around. “It isn’t news to many of us, but it sure sends a chilling message: peaceful activism that disrupts business-as-usual will not be tolerated.”
Inspired by rebellious thinkers and artists like John Heartfield, Banerjee hopes that humor will be used increasingly to challenge such instances of abusive power.
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.
March 5, 2013
Subhankar Banerjee, author of Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, had a conversation with James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, about our environment and climate change.
As part of the Lannan In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom series, Banerjee and Hansen spoke of the “non-human” communities that we are wiping out because of oil drilling, global warming, and climate change, which is often times overlooked in mainstream media and government. They also touched upon clean energy, new fuel sources, the XL pipeline, and what it means to our daily life and our planet’s future.
To hear the whole conversation, watch the video here. To learn more about environmental changes, read Banerjee’s book Arctic Voices.
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/
June 26, 2012
“‘Right now, the biggest battle over the Arctic is the Arctic Ocean. . . Slowly, incrementally, Shell might kill the Arctic Ocean,’ Banerjee warned at a Seattle Arts & Lectures appearance at Seattle Town Hall.
Why listen to warnings from these folks? Because they have a record of being right, and because they make a case against all those claims by Big Oil and its political strumpets that fill our TV screens.”
Click here to read more about Subhanker Banerjee’s talk on his new book, Arctic Voices:Resistance at the Tipping Point
August 11, 2011"If you're firmly in the nonviolence-is-the-answer camp, don't get scared off (yet), because there is a ton of crucial information in this book. And just because they mention violence doesn't mean it's the best policy. You may not want to sign up to lead their underground army, but you should hear them out. Because the planet is being destroyed." -- Tara Lohan at AlterNet
May 13, 2011We live in the most destructive culture to ever exist. In Derrick's talks around the country he repeatedly asks his audiences, "Does anyone think this culture will voluntarily transform to a sustainable way of living?" No one ever says yes. If we really accept the seriousness of the situation, what would that mean for our strategy and tactics? This is the urgent question we will be exploring over the weekend. Topics will include: "Organizing the Resistance," "Bringing It Down: Bottlenecks and Levers," "Building it Up: A Culture of Resistance," "Liberal vs. Radical: Some Conceptual Basics," "Organizational Structures Above and Below Ground," "Security Culture," and a Q&A with Derrick Jensen.