If We Don’t Connect It to Race and Class, Then Green Politics Is Just High-End Consumerism

Creative Times Report

by Marc Bamuthi Joseph

(Photo credit: Joe Hennager)
(Photo credit: Joe Hennager)

As environmentalism goes mainstream, corporations are marketing the word “green” as a panacea for the world’s climate crisis. Today the word describes a set of prescribed, mostly consumerist actions: buy local, organic and fresh; go vegan; eat in season; skip the elevator; take the stairs. “Green” has come to mean shopping at Whole Foods and possessing a Prius. Meanwhile, leading corporate polluters like BP and Exxon Mobil place commercials on CNN advertising their “green” practices.
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South Sudan ceasefire ‘ends’ amid Malakal fighting

BBC

Rebels in Upper Nile state - 11 February 2014 Fighting is reported to be taking place in Malakal's northern, southern and central zones
Rebels in Upper Nile state – 11 February 2014 Fighting is reported to be taking place in Malakal’s northern, southern and central zones

Fighting has broken out in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, officials say, the first major clashes since the government and rebels signed a ceasefire agreement in January.

Rebels believed to be loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar attacked Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile. Continue reading South Sudan ceasefire ‘ends’ amid Malakal fighting

World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Uses As Much Water As Two Holes On Nearby Golf Course

Climate Progress

By Ari Phillips

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Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz marked the opening of the world’s largest solar thermal plant on Thursday in the Mojave Desert near the border of California and Nevada. The 392-MW Ivanpah project, developed by Bright Source Energy Co, started operating last month after six years of construction. Continue reading World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Uses As Much Water As Two Holes On Nearby Golf Course

World churches condemn use of drones

Independent Catholic News 

peaceThe World Council of Churches (WCC) today issued a statement condemning the use of drones which indiscriminately target civilian populations, injuring and killing innocent civilians in complete violation of international human right law

The WCC Executive Committee, which met in Bossey, Switzerland, from 7-12 February 2014 said in a statement:

1. The use of drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has increasingly posed serious threats to humanity, especially the right to life. The UAVs, either controlled by “pilots” from the ground or autonomously following a pre-programmed mission, can kill innocent civilians. Continue reading World churches condemn use of drones

High water everywhere

The Economist

Ordinary Britons have so far coped admirably with widespread flooding. But the rain is still falling

SHEPPERTON

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JOHN LEE likes to tinker with vehicles: his four-wheel-drive resembles a tractor more than a car. “It’s watertight,” he beams. For the past week he has been driving down sodden lanes in Surrey, south-west of London, transporting people and medicines. Flooding is a misery, but at least it provides an opportunity to show off a set of wheels.

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