Full Audio Episode: Climate, Forests and Corporate Power at COP26

New audio version of our recent coverage from Glasgow.

The UN Climate Summit in Glasgow (COP26) is in its second week. It’s been marked by large street protests, a “greenwash trade show” inside the meetings and empty promises by world leaders in the face of climate disaster. Green and Red focuses on movements and what’s happening in the streets, so we’ll be talking more with organizers and “outside voices” in Glasgow than you’ll hear from mainstream media channels.

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“It’s a greenwash trade show”: Climate, Forests and Corporate Power at COP26 w/ Emma Rae Lierley

The United Nations climate summit goes into a second week in Glasgow, Scotland. Over the weekend, over 100,000 (led by youth, Indigenous and frontline delegations) marched demanding a just and stable climate as world leaders, corporate lobbyists, the non-profit industrial complex and others continued to meet and negotiate on critical climate issues.

Scott gets an update from Glasgow from Emma Rae Lierley (@EmmaRaeLierley) with Rainforest Action Network (@RAN). They discussed Saturday’s march and the invisibilization of Indigenous leadership and delegations by the media. They also discussed the (empty) pledge by world leaders to stop deforestation by 2030, the role of reactionary countries such as Brazil and Indonesia and the importance of Indigenous land and forest defenders in stopping deforestation and climate crises. Finally, they talked about corporations at COP26, public relations strategies, greenwashing and “Net Zero by 2050.”

Climate protests go hard in Glasgow at COP26 with Matt Leonard from Oil and Gas Action

This week, the United Nations climate talks (or COP26) commenced in Glasgow, Scotland.

We’re going to be talking to a variety of folks who are there. We get an update with Matt Leonard (@MattOakland) from the Oil and Gas Action Network (@oil_action). Matt’s been in Scotland for a couple of weeks supporting street actions targeting world leaders like Joe Biden and Boris Johnson, and Wall Street bankers wining and dining their way through the climate talks.

Mother Earth Doesn’t Negotiate. On the Rights of Nature w/ Pennie Opal Plant & Shannon Biggs

In Cochabamba Bolivia in 2011, tens of thousands were present on Mother  Earth Day as the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth was  declared in response to the “privatization” of nature by the corporate  state. This was in alignment with Indigenous worldviews that have  accelerated the development of rights of nature law.  Both Ecuador and Bolivia, as well as numerous local jurisdictions, have amended their  constitutions to include a “rights of nature.”

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In this episode, we talk with Pennie Opal Plant (@PennieOpal) and  Shannon Biggs (@ShannonKBiggs), co-founders of Movement Rights  (@movementrights), about the growing movement around the rights of  nature. We discuss the legal, political and cultural aspects of the growing rights of nature movement. We also discuss the recent news that oil has begun to flow through  Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline after 8 years of resistance, the Indigenous  rights movement and the climate movements in the U.S. and globally.

Cascadia Forest Defense and the Climate Crisis

pic via Cascadia Forest Defenders

“There is new crop of forest defense climate activists feeling a new sense of urgency that the traditional environmental advocacy isn’t doing it…”

— Daniel with Cascadia Forest Defenders

The Pacific Northwest has a long history of organizing and direct action around logging and timber industries. From the Wobblies trying to organize the logging sector in the early twentieth century to Earth First!’s campaigns to stop old growth logging to the new generation of forest defenders linking the struggle for wild places and communities to the climate crisis, direct action has always tried to get the goods.

Oregon’s Timber Wars and the Climate Crisis w/ Cascadia Forest Defense

The Pacific Northwest has a long history of organizing and direct action around logging and timber industries. From the Wobblies trying to organize the logging sector in the early twentieth century to Earth First!’s campaigns to stop old growth logging to the new generation of forest defenders linking the struggle for wild places and communities to the climate crisis, direct action has always tried to get the goods.

Listen in: https://bit.ly/TimberWarGandR

For 25 years, since the epic timber wars of the 1990s in places like Warner Creek, Oregon, Cascadia Forest Defense (CFD) has been at the forefront of challenging the logging industry, complicit politicians, federal agencies and, in general, capitalism. In the past month, CFD has put up new tree-sit blockades to disrupt logging operations in the Willamette National Forest.

Canceled. The Keystone XL Pipeline is over and done.

This week, TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) announced that they were finally terminating the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) project after over a decade resistance from the Alberta tar sands to Wall Street to the White House to the Gulf Coast.

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Scott Parkin, one of our favorite co-hosts of Green and Red Podcast, worked for ten years in the climate justice movements to stop KXL from being built. In this episode, Bob interviews Scott about his work in stopping the KXL pipeline, strategies to fight the oil industry and what’s next for the climate justice movement.

Bonus Video: Randy Hayes talks about the founding of Rainforest Action Network

In the 1980s, a movement emerged globally in solidarity with Indigenous communities to save the world’s remaining rainforests. We talk with co-founder of Rainforest Action Network (RAN) about it.

Described by the Wall Street Journal as “an environmental pit bull,” Randy Hayes is the co-founder of Rainforest Action Network, and is an author, filmmaker and environmentalist. Hayes is a veteran of many high-visibility corporate accountability campaigns and has advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples throughout the world. He is currently the executive director of Foundation Earth and a consultant to the World Future Council, based in Washington, DC

“looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit…” Politics on Campus w/ Bill Troveski from The Way Podcas‪t‬

In this episode we talk politics and podcasting with Bill Troveski from The Way Podcast.

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Students for a Democratic Society said in the Port Huron statement, “looking uncomfortably to the world we inherit…”  We discuss the current version of that discomfort that today’s students and youth are inheriting as the pandemic, economic collapse, the climate crisis and political crisis are all crashing down. With Bill, we discuss politics on campus at the University of Connecticut (where he’s currently a student), issues of student debt, the work force, climate change, healthcare and more.

The Ravages of Western Wildfires with Journalist Joshua Frank

In this episode, we talk with environmental journalist, and co-editor at CounterPunch , Joshua Frank about the climate induced wildfires that have ravaged the American West in recent weeks.

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We get into the climate politics of the western states, the hypocrisy of Democratic politicians preaching climate rhetoric while allowing fossil fuel companies to continue business as usual, the class impacts of the wildfires, and how climate change is exacerbating the wildfires and volatile political situations in places like Portland.