Posted on March 7, 2014 by Peter Rugh
Sovereignty, ecology, and decolonizing the female body
Ahead of International Women’s Day this Saturday, Ragina Johnson and Brian Ward spoke with Alex Wilson, a leading organizer for Idle No More and a member Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba, Canada. In a wide ranging conversation, Wilson discusses the historical and continuing relationship between the colonization of people and land and the colonization of women’s bodies. She first begins, however, by outlining the impact tar sands oil extraction has on indigenous communities in Canada and the threat tar sands expansion projects like the Keystone XL pipeline pose to all of us.
via #IdleNoMore’s defiant brand of feminism | System Change Not Climate Change.
“There is reason, however, to be skeptical of China’s efforts to fight its choking pollution. Despite experiencing the worst air pollution on record in 2013, China last year approved the construction of more than 100 million tonnes of new coal production capacity at a cost of $9.8 billion, according to a report compiled in January by Reuters. The increase in coal production in 2013 was six times bigger than the increase in 2012, when the administration approved just four coal projects with 16.6 million tonnes of annual capacity and a total investment of $1.2 billion.
In other words, in just one year, China added coal production capacity equal to 10 percent of total U.S. annual usage.
That news was startling, considering the country’s world-famous pollution, which has caused myriad health problems, marred cityscapes, and even gave an 8-year-old girl lung cancer. What’s more, the pollution has recently been confirmed to be caused by fossil fuel production, with coal at the forefront.
China’s plans announced Wednesday also lack legally binding plans to reach national air quality standards with clear timelines, cap regional coal consumption, or strengthen pollution-reduction supervision efforts.”
via China Declares ‘War On Smog,’ May Deploy Pollution-Fighting Drones | ThinkProgress.
A campaign to persuade investors to take their money out of the fossil fuel sector is growing faster than any previous divestment campaign and could cause significant damage to coal, oil and gas companies, according to a study from the University of Oxford.
The report compares the current fossil fuel divestment campaign, which has attracted 41 institutions since 2010, with those against tobacco, apartheid in South Africa, armaments, gambling and pornography. It concludes that the direct financial impact of such campaigns on share prices or the ability to raise funds is small but the reputational damage can still have major financial consequences.
\”Stigmatisation poses a far-reaching threat to fossil fuel companies – any direct impacts of divestment pale in comparison,\” said Ben Caldecott, a research fellow at the University of Oxford\’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and an author of the report. \”In every case we reviewed, divestment campaigns were successful in lobbying for restrictive legislation.\”
The report is part of a new research programme on stranded assets backed by Aviva Investors, HSBC, Standard & Poor\’s and others. It found: \”The fossil fuel campaign has achieved a lot in the relatively short time since its inception.\”
via Campaign against fossil fuels growing, says study | Environment | The Guardian.