Climate change

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Climate Change: What Difference Can a City Make?

On-air date: 
Mon, 08/03/2015
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On July 22, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges joined 60 mayors from around the world for a meeting with Pope Francis on climate change.  The meeting was more than ceremonial.  The Pope believes cities have the power to make a significant contribution to the fight against climate change as well as the often-related issues of extreme poverty, forced migration, and human trafficking.

Hodges was the only mayor of a Midwest city to be invited to the Pope’s meeting.   It turns out Minneapolis is already taking aggressive action on climate change. The Minneapolis Climate Action Plan adopted by the City Council in June of 2013 sets ambitious targets for greenhouse gas reductions.  Using 2006 as the baseline, the city pledges to reduce emissions by 30 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

What Difference Can a Pope Make? Pope Francis on Climate Change and Social Justice

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Mon, 06/22/2015
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The much anticipated release of Pope Francis’s Encyclical on Climate Change was greeted with jubilation by environmentalists and social justice advocates around the world. In his 192-page message, Laudatu Si (“Praise Be”), the Pope links climate change to the over-arching theme of his papacy — fighting global inequality and poverty.

In the short time that he has been Pope, Francis has inspired millions — and not only Catholics.  Certainly his insistence that climate change is real, man-made and requires a massive response by individuals, corporations, and governments comes at a critical time. But can the Pope’s teaching and example really make a difference?  Will climate skeptics inside the Church and in the general public re-examine their views and perhaps even their conscience?

To help us understand the Pope’s message on climate change, as well as his larger impact, TTT is joined by:

Dr. Paul Wojda, associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas.

Matt Gladhue, organizer for ISAIAIH, a congregation-based social justice organization

Dr. David Pellow, sociologist and environmental justice scholar, recently with the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Minnesota

Out With the Old, In With the New? Not So Fast

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Mon, 12/29/2014
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Remember when thousands of children from Central America were showing up at the border to seek asylum?   Whatever happened to them?  Or what about that great organizing campaign that won a raise in the minimum wage here in Minnesota?  Been there, done that?  Or the momentous march on New York where hundreds of thousands of folks came together in the largest climate-change demonstration in history.  Good headlines for a few days, but now what?

And let’s not forget the continued organizing of low wage workers and the persistent demands for reform of our criminal justice system — from the Black Lives Matter campaign to the Second Chance Coalition’s Ban the Box campaign.

On this cusp of the New Year, we will revisit stories like these and then take a quick look at what’s ahead for 2015.

New Life for the Climate-Change Movement?

On-air date: 
Mon, 09/29/2014
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What would make 400,000 activists converge on New York City? The People’s Climate March!  Joined by United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon, last week’s march was a visible sign that the climate change movement is stronger than ever.

Developments from sectors of society not always associated with the climate change debate are also showing signs that change is imminent. A report, appropriately titled Risky Business, commissioned by Hank Paulson, CEO of Goldman and Sachs and treasury secretary under George W. Bush, offered a cold-eyed accountant’s tally of the enormity of an impending climate disaster.

Even the U.S. military is getting into the act. In March, the Pentagon’s Quadrennial Defense Review drew a direct link between the effects of “global warming (rising sea levels and extreme weather patterns) and terrorism.”  Could it be that a broader climate change understanding may finally be emerging? After years of denial and gridlock could we be on the cusp of a genuine climate-change consensus breakthrough?

Join Siobhán Kierans and Professor Tom O’Connell this Monday on TruthToTell when they feature guests from local organizations who are doing their part to see that we are doing our part in the climate-change effort.

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