Coming to Grips with Sustainable Practices: Where Do We Go from Here? 2

Posted by Brad Johnson Mon, 26 Jan 2009 17:00:00 GMT

What are the forces that shaped consumer culture in the U.S.? How does per capita consumption in the U.S. compare with that of other countries, especially in the realm of energy usage? What impact has consumerism had on resources and living standards in the U.S. and elsewhere? What are the implications of maintaining our present level of consumption? What are the implications of other countries aspiring to levels of per capita consumption on a par with ours? How might our society begin to identify and embrace more sustainable habits and practices, and what might such practices be? What policy steps might the new Administration and Congress consider codifying in the interest of promoting a more sustainable lifestyle and economy?


Dr. Anthony Socci, Senior Science Fellow, American Meteorological Society

  • Dr. Juliet B. Schor, Professor of Sociology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Betsy Taylor, Consultant, Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions, Strategic & Philanthropic Consulting on Climate Solutions & Sustainable Development, Takoma Park, MD

Program Summary

Sustainability, Consumption and the Path Forward

At the center of the US ecological dilemma lies consumption. We have been a consumer nation for more than a century, having made a directed choice in the 1930s toward that path. Today, in the midst of the simultaneous crises of the economy and the environment, we are again faced with choices about how to move forward. Although it has gotten far less attention, business-as-usual spending is as problematic as BAU energy use. The US ecological footprint, which is twice the level of comparably rich European countries, exceeds the equitable global sustainability level by a factor of 5. Rising per capita consumption underlies the ecological overshoot of the world economy, which now exceeds biological capacity by 40%. In the United States, inflated-adjusted personal consumption expenditures increased 88% from 1973 to 2003, which resulted in a 37% rise in our ecological footprint. This is important because it has accompanied decades of attempts to save energy and de-materialize production, all of which have proved inadequate. Fortunately, there is increasing awareness of these issues, and a grassroots movement to transform consumer patterns and habits is underway. However, it has had virtually no legislative presence to date.

In Dr. Schor’s presentation, the issue of consumption will be placed into its historical and comparative context. New data will be presented on the magnitude of the ‘cheap import’ boom in material (and therefore ecological terms) over the last 15 years. Underlying economic factors such as labor market policies and the distribution of income affect the path of consumption and ecological impact. A medium term consumption path will be sketched out, which yields high levels of human well-being, is becoming broadly popular, and is ecologically sustainable.

Ms. Taylor will discuss an array of policy instruments that could promote a more sustainable standard of living and more sustainable consumerism. In the lead-up to address climate change through cap & trade or carbon fees, it would serve our collective interests to simultaneously address the root causes of ecological degradation and collapse. Ms. Taylor will also call for a rekindled debate on policies and programs that might steer our economy and culture in a more sustainable and durable direction. Biographies

Dr. Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Her most recent book is, Born to Buy: the Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (Scribner, September 2004). She is also author of the national best-seller, The Overworked American: the Unexpected Decline of Leisure (Basic Books, 1992) and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need. The Overworked American appeared on the best seller lists of The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, the Chicago Tribune, the Village Voice, the Boston Globe as well as the annual best books list for the New York Times, Business Week and other publications. The book is widely credited for influencing the national debate on work and family. Schor also the author of Do Americans Shop Too Much?, co-editor of Consumer Society: A Reader (The New Press 2000) and co-editor, with Betsy Taylor of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-first Century (Beacon Press 2002). Dr. Schor is currently working on a book on issues of environmental sustainability and their relation to American lifestyles which will be published by The Penguin Press next year. She is a co-founder and co-chair of the Board of the Center for a New American Dream (, a national sustainability organization headquartered in Maryland.

A graduate of Wesleyan University, Dr. Schor received her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics, and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. Her scholarly articles have appeared in professional venues such as the Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, World Development, Industrial Relations, The Journal of Economic Psychology, Ecological Economics, The Journal of Industrial Ecology, Social Problems and others. Dr. Schor has also served as a consultant to the United Nations, at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, and to the United Nations Development Program. She was a fellow at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1995-1996 for a project entitled “New Analyses of Consumer Society”. In 1998 Dr. Schor received the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language from the National Council of Teachers of English. In 2006 she received the Leontief Prize from the Global Development and Economics Institute at Tufts University for expanding the frontiers of economic thought.

Dr. Schor has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe and Japan to a variety of civic, business, labor and academic groups. She appears frequently on national and international media, and profiles on her and her work have appeared in scores of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and People magazine. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show on CBS, numerous stories on network news, as well as many other national and local television news programs.

Betsy Taylor is the principal consultant with Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions, a consulting firm that serves clients dedicated to addressing climate change and promoting sustainable economic practices & policies. She is co-founder and Board President of 1Sky ( a national campaign created in 2007 to focus the power of millions of concerned Americans on a single goal: federal actions by 2010 that can effectively address global warming and create five million green jobs. She co-founded and served as president of the Center for a New American Dream ( a national organization that helps Americans live and consume prudently in the interest of a more sustainable world and improving the quality of life. During her tenure at CNAD, the Center launched the Responsible Purchasing Network, an association of socially and environmentally responsible purchasers representing over fifty billion dollars in buying power. The effort earned numerous awards, including being named in Washingtonian Magazine’s as one of the top fifty places to work in the D.C. metropolitan area. Betsy has appeared frequently on national television and radio and is the co-editor and author of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the 21st Century. She previously served as Executive Director of the Merck Family Fund, Stern Family Fund, and Ottinger Foundation and has consulted with numerous foundations and donors. She has an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Duke University.

Live Green Launch Party

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 18 Jun 2008 22:00:00 GMT

In partnership with DC Gives, we are unveiling our new membership program that will make greener lifestyles more affordable and accessible for everyday living in DC and beyond.

Sponsors include: Local 16, Center for a New American Dream’s Conscious Consumer Marketplace, Green Drinks DC, Going Green DC, and Stacey Vaeth Photography.

Local 16 1602 U Street, NW Washington, DC

$15 at the door benefiting Live Green (RSVP required at: [email protected]) or $13 right here (your name will be added to our door list.)

Cover includes: light fare, an optional one-year membership with Live Green, and live music from:


Featuring Ashish Vyas of Thievery Corporation, Jerry Busher of Fugazi and Will Rast of Funk Arc

In partnership with DC Gives, we are unveiling our new membership program that will make greener lifestyles more affordable and accessible for everyday living in DC and beyond.

ABOUT LIVE GREEN: Live Green is a DC-based membership organization providing discounts on everyday green products and services, and programs supporting sustainable living communities.

ABOUT DC GIVES: DC Gives is a network of individuals who organize fundraisers for DC-based community groups and progressive organizations. Its goals are to throw distinctive, creative events and foster collaboration between DC’s artistic and progressive communities. It believes the best networking happens when people are having a really good time.

A Call To Consciousness on Climate Change

Posted by Brad Johnson Fri, 13 Jun 2008 16:00:00 GMT

A Call To Consciousness on Climate Change, will explore the ancient messages of living American Indian cultures, the state of the science and reports on important responses to the climate change issue by Native communities. This forum will provide an opportunity to regain that integrated understanding of the world that for millennia has characterized Native traditions. Free Mother Earth Indian Summer Showcase concert follows.


For more than half a century, American Indian elders have called attention to humankind’s impacts upon our Mother Earth. Elders of many Native cultures subscribe to the concept that our decisions today must take into consideration their effects upon future generations. The climate change dilemma represents an important challenge to the global community to incorporate into its practices and policies the prevailing evidence offered by science as well as the wisdom and knowledge of the inter-relatedness of elements and life on earth.

Preserving the health of the Mother Earth is the gravest responsibility of our generation and the primary reason why the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, as an institution of living cultures, is committed to elevating human understanding about global climate change through education, cultural performances and civic engagement programs.

For more information, contact:

Eileen Maxwell Director of Public Affairs Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20013-7012 Office: 202-633-6615 Mobile: 202-436-6805 Email: [email protected]

Forum schedule: Call to Consciousness on Climate Change

Friday, June 13—Elmer and Mary Louise Rasmuson Theater
  • Noon Welcome & Opening Remarks
    Tim Johnson (Mohawk), associate director for museum programs, National Museum of the American Indian
  • 12:10 p.m. Opening Prayer
    Rico Newman (Piscataway–Conoy Indians)
  • 12:30 p.m. Introductions and Framing Statement
    José Barreiro (Taino), assistant director for research, Department of Museum Programs, National Museum of the American Indian
  • 12:45 p.m. Original Instructions: A Call to Consciousness
    Oren Lyons (Onondaga), Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan Onondaga, Haudenosaunee Grand Council of Chiefs; emeritus SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and director of Native American Studies within the Department of American Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • 1:30 p.m. Scale of the Climate Problem and the Road Ahead
    Anthony Socci, senior science and communication fellow, Policy Office of the American Meteorological Society’s policy office in Washington, D.C.
  • 2:10 p.m. Commitment to Solutions: Partnerships from Indian Country
    Daniel Wildcat (Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma), director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Center, and director of the American Indian Studies Program, Haskell Indian Nations University
  • 2:50 p.m. Air Quality in the Four Corners Region of the U.S.
    Nasbah Ben (Navajo), graduate student at the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, University of Kansas
  • 3:25 p.m. Environmental Justice
    Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabekwe [Ojibwe], enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg), rural development economist, executive director of Honor the Earth, a national Native American Foundation, and the White Earth Land Recovery Project on the White Earth Reservation
  • 4:10 p.m. Moderated Panel Discussion with Presenters
    José Barreiro, moderator
  • 4:55 p.m. Closing Comments and Remarks
    Tim Johnson


  • Tim Johnson (Mohawk) As associate director for museum programs at NMAI, Tim Johnson manages a department that encompasses all aspects of the visitor experience, from exhibitions, education, publications, symposia, and lectures to cultural and performing arts programs.

Previously, Johnson served as executive editor of Indian Country Today, where, over the course of six years, he led the remodeling of the publication into the nation’s leading American Indian newspaper, noted for its original reporting, analysis, and commentary on matters of American Indian policy and its steadfast defense of American Indian economic interests.

  • Rico Newman (Piscataway–Conoy Indians) Rico Newman is an Elder’s Council member of the Choptico Band of Piscataway–Conoy Indians, located in southern Maryland. He has been appointed by the Tribal Band Chairpersons to represent the tribe on major issues to the public and the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs. He is also active in the tribe’s language revitalization program and in teaching Piscataway–Conoy traditional arts. Newman works in NMAI’s Cultural Resources Center as a cultural information specialist.
  • José Barreiro (Taino) José Barreiro serves as NMAI’s assistant director for research. A scholar of American Indian policy and the contemporary Native experience, Barreiro is a pioneering figure in Native American journalism and publishing. He helped establish the American Indian Program at Cornell University, serving as associate director and editor-in-chief of Akwe:kon Press and the journal Native Americas throughout the 1980s and ’90s. In 2000 he joined the staff of Indian Country Today as senior editor. He continues to serve as a member of the editorial board of Kacike: The Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology.

Barreiro’s publications include Native American Expressive Culture (1994), a special edition of the Akwe:kon Journal produced for the opening of NMAI’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York; the novel The Indian Chronicles (1993); and such scholarly books as View from the Shore: American Indian Perspectives on the Quincentenary (1990); Indian Roots of American Democracy (1992); Chiapas: Challenging History (1994); Panchito: Cacique de Montaña (2001); and, most recently, America Is Indian Country (2005), which he edited with Tim Johnson. A member of the Taino Nation of the Antilles, Barreiro received his Ph.D. in American Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

  • Oren Lyons (Onondaga) Oren Lyons was born in 1930 and raised in the traditional lifeways of the Haudenosaunee on the Seneca and Onondaga reservations in northern New York State. After serving in the army, Lyons graduated in 1958 from the Syracuse University College of Fine Arts. He then pursued a career in commercial art in New York City. A noted American Indian artist, he has exhibited his paintings widely.

Since returning to western New York in 1970 and joining the faculty of SUNY Buffalo, Chief Lyons has been a leading advocate for American Indian causes. Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation, and a member of the Council of Chiefs of the Haudenosaunee, he is respected internationally as an eloquent spokesperson. In 1982, he helped to establish the Working Group on Indigenous Populations within the United Nations and has taken part in meetings of the U.N. Human Rights Commission. He also serves on the executive committee of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival, and is a principal figure in the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders, grassroots leadership council of the major Indian nations of North America.

Chief Lyons has authored or edited numerous books including Native People Address the United Nations (1994); Voice of Indigenous Peoples (1992); and Exiled in the Land of the Free: Democracy, Indian Nations, and the U.S. Constitution (1992).

  • Anthony Socci Anthony Socci, Ph.D., is a senior science and communication fellow with the American Meteorological Society’s policy office in Washington, D.C. His interests include improving the communication of science via the mass media. He also hosts a public, monthly series on environmental science and policy issues on Capitol Hill and has co-hosted a series of workshops on improving the communication of science.

From 1994 to 2000, Socci served as associate executive director of the coordination office of the multiagency U.S. Global Change Research Program, where he was active in planning and coordinating the government’s nearly $2 billion annual investment in research on the causes and impacts of global- and regional-scale environmental changes. In this capacity, he routinely interacted with diverse interests, including the executive branch and congressional offices, on climate science.

From 2000 to 2005, Socci was a senior climate science advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) office of atmospheric programs, with responsibility for strategic planning, advising, and communication of climate and climate-related science.

  • Dan Wildcat (Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma) Daniel R. Wildcat is director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center and of the American Indian Studies Program at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. In 1994 Wildcat helped form a partnership with the Hazardous Substance Research Center at Kansas State University to create the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center as a nonprofit Native American initiative to facilitate technology transfer to tribal governments and Native communities, transfer of accurate environmental information to tribes, and research opportunities for tribal college faculty and students throughout the United States.

In 1996 Dr. Wildcat helped plan and organize an American Indian educational program to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day. As a part of the program, he moderated a live, nationally broadcast dialogue in Washington, D.C., between traditional American Indian elders and American Indian scientists and engineers about the way we must live if we are to ensure a healthy planet for our children. Wildcat also helped plan and design a four-part video series entitled All Things Are Connected: The Circle of Life (1997), which dealt with land, air, water, and biological issues related to environmental science and policy challenges facing Native nations. His recent activities have revolved around forming the American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group, a network of individuals and organizations working on climate change issues.

Wildcat received B.A. and M.A. degrees in sociology from the University of Kansas and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is the author or editor of several books, including Power and Place: Indian Education in America (2001), with Vine Deloria, Jr.; Destroying Dogma: Vine Deloria’s Legacy on Intellectual America (2006), with Steve Pavlik; and Red Alert: Saving the Earth with Indigenous Knowledge (forthcoming).

  • Nasbah Ben (Navajo) Nasbah Ben is a proud member of the Diné Nation. She is of the Red Streak Running into the Charcoal Clan, born for the Mexican Clan; her maternal grandfather is the Bitter Water Clan and paternal grandfather is Big Water Clan. A graduate student in the Center for Indigenous Nations Studies at the University of Kansas, Ben has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Northern Arizona University. Her research encompasses air quality and climate change issues among indigenous populations. She is currently working for the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, assisting in the development of the American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group.
  • Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabekwe [Ojibwe], enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg) Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist who has spent many years working on energy policy and energy self-sufficiency issues in Native America. The author of five books, she is the executive director of Honor the Earth, a national Native American foundation, and founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota.

LaDuke is a graduate of Harvard University, with graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in rural development from Antioch University. Twice a U.S. vice presidential candidate, serving as Ralph Nader’s running mate and representing the Green Party in 1996 and 2000, LaDuke lives and works on the White Earth Reservation.

Taking part in the Documentary Film Screening and Discussion, Saturday, June 14

  • Daphne Ross Daphne Ross is new to filmmaking. Her participation as co-producer, writer, and editor of Waterbuster is her first time behind the camera. Ross grew up in New York City, graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in cultural anthropology, and then went on to earn an M.S. in environmental studies. Her professional career includes many years as an environmental educator and activist with non-profit organizations such as the Hudson River sloop Clearwater. She has taught marine ecology and environmental ethics to a variety of age groups on tall ships throughout the United States. It was over sailboats that she met the producer/director of Waterbuster, J. Carlos Peinado. While living together on a 35-foot sloop in Ventura, California, the two decided to collaborate on a documentary film about Peinado’s family and community on the Fort Berthold Reservation of North Dakota. She and Peinado now live in Santa Fe, wondering where the ocean is.
  • Travis Tom (Swinomish) Travis Tom, a junior at La Conner High School in La Conner, Washington, is Swinomish and Lummi and has lived on the Swinomish Reservation his entire life. After his older sister passed away four years ago, Tom started using drugs. He began working with Native Lens in 2004 as part of his plan to turn his life around. His first project was a public service announcement called Native Pride. Since then, he has played the main character and served as principal director of Fifteen and helped to write, narrate, interview subjects for, and shoot March Point. He enjoys all aspects of acting and filmmaking and hopes to continue doing both for the rest of his life.
  • Tracy Rector (Seminole) Tracy Rector is earning her teacher certification and a Master’s Degree in Education from Antioch University’s First Peoples Program, specializing in Native American studies, traditional plant medicine, and documentary film. She hopes to bring traditional and contemporary education together in a foundation based in environmental stewardship, using film and nature as pathways for learning. In conjunction with the Seattle Art Museum, the Northwest Folklife Council has recognized her Teachings of the Tree People curriculum as a Gold Standard model. Rector is currently developing curriculum for IslandWood, an environmental education center. Rector’s documentary work has been featured at National Geographic’s All Roads Film Project and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. She is the co-founder of Longhouse Media/Native Lens and a proud mother of two boys.

Food for Thought: Sustainability from Counter to Compost

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 26 Feb 2008 19:00:00 GMT

Today, Chairman Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and the Select Committee will start a process to look into the choices our nation makes on food and agriculture and how those choices affect our environment, specifically the “carbon footprint” of how we grow, raise, transport, package, dispose of and otherwise provide sustenance to Americans and people around the world. And while changing the way the world creates and consumes energy is the most effective way to combat global warming, so-called “lifestyle” choices like the food we eat will play an increasing role in how to make immediate cuts in the pollution that causes global warming.

In today’s hearing—entitled “Food for Thought”—this hunger for knowledge on food and the environment starts by looking at the food service industry, and specifically at the food choices and serving options Congress makes available right here in the House of Representatives. For millions of Americans, the cafeterias that serve food in hospitals, universities, major employment centers and schools deliver the meals to get them through the day, but the environment is often an afterthought in the face of swarms of hungry patrons looking for calories instead of low-carbon food.

  • Dan Beard, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), House of Representatives
  • Carina Wong, Executive Director, Chez Panisse Foundation
  • Patricia D. Millner, Ph.D, Research Microbiologist in the Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory and Environmental Microbial Systems Laboratory, USDA
  • Tom Kelly, Ph.D., Chief Sustainability Officer, University of New Hampshire Office of Sustainability

Are Humans Smarter Than Yeast?

Posted by Brad Johnson Fri, 28 Dec 2007 20:52:00 GMT

Health Consequences of Global Warming

Posted by Brad Johnson Fri, 14 Sep 2007 18:00:00 GMT

A Conference: Health Consequences of Global Warming: Examining the Links; Breaking the Chains

Friday – Sunday September 14 – 16, 2007

Hotel Veto Conference Center 201 S. Linn St Iowa City, IA

Jointly sponsored by: The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and Physicans for Social Responsibility, in cooperation with the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, Global and Regional Environmental Research, and College of Public Health.

Introducing the Challenge: Halting Climate Change Addressing Health and Human Rights Links

  • Introducing Climate Change Science and Wedges, Jerry Schnoor PhD
  • Introducing Human Rights Issues, Burns Weston LL.B, JSD
  • Introducing Public Health Concerns, Jim Merchant MD PhD
7:00 PM Dinner Speaker:
  • Michael McCally MD PhD, Executive Director, National PSR, Challenge of Global Warming to Preserving Global Health
8:00 PM Concurrent Roundtables
  1. Redefining Security, Catherine Thomasson MD
  2. Introducing Student Groups’ Responses to Global Climate Change
  3. How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. Film, Maureen McCue MD PhD
  4. Faith Based Responses to Goobal Warming, Mark Kresowik & Lynn Heuss
  5. Invoking the Precautionary Principle, Carolyn Raffensperger JD
  6. UNA Process on Global Warming, Katy Hanson, Kate Karchay, Douglas Taylor PhD & Jerry Schnoor PhD

Saturday, September 15

9:00 AM Opening Keynote
  • Michael A. McGeehin PhD MSPH, Climate Change, Myriad Threats to Global Health: From Malaria Movement & Complex Disasters to Failing Food Production

9:45 AM Plenary Panel II

Linked Threats to Health and Environment: Current Energy Sources
  • Health Threats of Auto-Centered Cities, Catherine Thomasson MD
  • Ports, Trade & Transit: Health Threats to Workers, Neighborhoods, and the Global Climate, Andrea Hricko MPH
  • Nuclear Power’s Insurmountable Risks, Arjun Makhijani PhD

11:30 AM Plenary Panel III

Collateral Damage: Overlooked Health Costs of Disasters
  • Disasters–Loss and Mental Health–Challenge, Curt H. Drennen PsyD
  • Disasters–Challenges to Maintaining Research and Care, Tyler Curiel MD MPH
  • Unstable Climate–Challenges to Global Food/Water Security, Douglas Taylor PhD

1:15 PM Luncheon Speaker:

  • Michael Klare PhD, Blood and Oil–Further Dangers and Consequences of Dependency on Petroleum
2:15 PM Concurrent Roundtables
  1. “Low Carbon Diet”– Food Production with Low Carbon Emissions, Rich Pirog
  2. Consumption, Denial, and Fear, Fred Myer MA and Carolyn Raffensperger JD
  3. Iowa’s Uniquely Unhealthy Energy Options (Coal, Bio-fuels, Nuclear), Mark Kresowik BA, Alana Stamas, and Michele Kenyon Brown
  4. Healthy Sustainable Businesses–Incorporating Environmentally Friendly Practices, Peter Barnes MA, Fred Kirschenmann PhD, Geoff Willming, Matt Bulle
  5. Environmental Ethics, Voluntary Initiatives vs. Legal Imperatives to Heal Our Planet, Burns Weston LL.B, JSD and Andy Jameton PhD
  6. War, Global Warming, Public Health, and Opportunity Costs, Victor Sidel MD and William Hartung

3:30 PM Plenary Panel IV

Global Warming, Health and Human Rights Links
  • The Arctic Bellwether–Impact of Energy Extraction, & Use on Health and Human Rights of World’s Indigenous, Marginalized & Poorest, Donald Goldberg JD
  • Healthcare of Poor, Minorities, Marginalized Before, During, After Katrina, Ravi Vadlamudi MD
4:30 PM Plenary Panel V Halting and Reversing Global Warming: Affordable, Attainable, Sustainable Solutions
  • Promoting and Attaining a Healthy, Rights Based Paradigm, Michael Dworkin JD
  • Confronting Coal, Bruce Nilles JD
8:00 PM Concurrent Workshops
  1. Concerned Scientists, Health Care Providers, Arjun Makhijani PhD and Catherine Thomasson MD
  2. Student Groups—Student PSR, AMSA, ESW, Global Pulse Leader
  3. Concerned Business Leaders, Peter Barnes MA, Fred Kirschenmann PhD, Geoff Willming, Matt Bulle
  4. Faith Based/Religious Leaders, Ben & Cathy Webb, others
  5. Law Makers, Rights Based, Andy Jameton RN PhD, Carolyn Raffensperger JD, and Ed Fallon BA
  6. Indigenous Peoples, Minorities, Labor, Mike McCally MD PhD, Ravi Vadlamudi MD MPH, and Dan Holub JD

Sunday, September 16

9:00 AM Opening Inspirational Remarks
  • Imperatives of Tikkun Olam, Gerald Sorokin
  • Cool Congregations–Compelling Commitments, Rev. Ben Webb
9:30 AM Closing Keynote
  • Peter Barnes MA, Introducing the Sky Trust to Protect the Atmosphere

10:15 AM Plenary Panel VI

Good News: Cases of Humane Healthy Living Through Sustainable Energy
  • How the West Coast is coming Clean & Green, Catherine Thomasson MD
  • Cool Cities, Mark Kresowik BA and Frank Cownie (invited),
  • UCS, Assessing the National Legislative Frontier: The Good Bad, and Nonexistent, Rich Dana

11:30 AM Plenary Panel VII

Developing Coalitions, Learning from Others, Working Together Toward a Healthy, Secure, Sustainable Future, Saturday Workshop Leaders Report Results & Consult Audience Members

Confronting the Global Triple Crisis

Posted by Brad Johnson Fri, 14 Sep 2007 04:00:00 GMT

The International Forum on Globalization, The Institute for Policy Studies, and The Project on Economic Transitions will hold a teach-in on September 14-16.

The event will cover various topics including:

  • Climate Change
  • Peak Oil (The End of the Era of Cheap Energy)
  • Global Resource Depletion (And Species Extinction)
  • Powering-Down for the Future (Toward an International Movement for Systemic Change: New Economies of Sustainability, Equity, Sufficiency and Peace)

60 SPEAKERS INCLUDING: Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, Michael Klare, Martin Khor, Richard Heinberg, Winona LaDuke, David Korten, John Cavanagh, Jerry Mander, Maude Barlow, Tony Clarke, Wolfgang Sachs, Sara Larrain, Meena Raman, Ross Gelbspan, Q’Orianka Kilcher, Frances Moore-Lappe, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Daphne Wysham, Victor Menotti, Atossa Soltani, David Suzuki, Simon Retallack, Jeremy Leggett, Arjun Makhijani, David Pimentel, John Passacantando, Rob Hopkins, Steve Kretzmann, Antony Froggatt, Randy Hayes, Anne Leonard, Megan Quinn, Thomas Princen and 25 more.

The Teach-In will be held at Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Washington DC.

Tickets and information are available from: International Forum on Globalization 415-561-7650