Climate Change Forum

Up coming forums:

  • May 6, Climate refugees as topic, presenter Alberto Torres. Books to be considered for the presentation: Tropic of Chaos by Chritian Parenti, The Coming Population Crash and Our Planet’s Surprising Future by Fred Pearce,  Climate Change and the Health of Nations: Famines, Fevers and the Fate of Populations by Tony McMichel, and Climate Refugees by Collectif Argos, Rising Tides: Climate refugees in the twenty first century, by John R. Wennersten, Too Many People: Case for Reversing Growth. By Lindsey Grant.
  • June 3: presenter Gladys, Fayetteville’s 2030 Food City Scenario, developed by UofA Departments of Architecture, Design Center and Agriculture and Fayetteville City Council member Matt Petty.
  • July 1: presenter Joanna, possibly Rebecca Solnit’s Paradise Built in Hell: Communities that Arise out of Disaster. “The freshest, deepest, most optimistic account of human nature I’ve come across in years.”
    -Bill McKibben
    Chosen as a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune
    The most startling thing about disasters, according to award-winning author Rebecca Solnit, is not merely that so many people rise to the occasion, but that they do so with joy. That joy reveals an ordinarily unmet yearning for community, purposefulness, and meaningful work that disaster often provides. A Paradise Built in Hell is an investigation of the moments of altruism, resourcefulness, and generosity that arise amid disaster’s grief and disruption and considers their implications for everyday life. It points to a new vision of what society could become-one that is less authoritarian and fearful, more collaborative and local.
  • August 5: presenter Lolly, Unprecedented Crime: Climate Change Denial and Game Changers for Survival, by Dr. Peter Carter, this is a must read for the necessary moral outrage.
  • September 2: Presenter Marvin Hilton, will choose from “The Water Will Come” by Goddell, “High Tide on Mainstream” by Englander, or “Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change” by Dawson.
  • October 7: volunteer presenter? suggested book, article or video? (maybe Climate Leviathan by Joel Wainwright).
  • November 4: presenter Alberto on over-population, possibly using Population Bomb by Ehrlich as baseline and then Too many People by Lindsey Grant and Too Many People? by Ian Angus, all 3 at once, but each shortened.
  • December 2: presenter Shelley on Racism and Climate Change, Energy Democracy by Fairchild, Weinrub and Horowitz.

May 6, 2018, Climate refugees as topic, presenter Alberto Torres

Environmental refugees
What is an environmental refugee? What causes people to leave their homes? What are governments doing to respond (and to adapt) to global warming effects on human population around the world? Is there hope? What options are there?
These questions are addressed at the discussion for our April meeting. We will go through the past, present and future conditions that are considered to play an important role in forcing people to migrate whether within a country or across international borders and the possible links to global warming. Human migration is a phenomenon with multiple causes (social, economic, environmental) and often times difficult to determine the exact cause.  This time, the subject of human migration is discussed with emphasis on the climatic effects that force people to leave their homes. Information from the following books has been selected to feed this discussion. 
• Climate Change and the Health of Nations: Famines, Fevers, and the Fate of Populations. Book by Tony McMichael (2017) 
• Climate Refugees by Collectif Argos (2010) 
• Rising Tides: Climate refugees in the twenty first century, by John R. Wennersten (2017) 
• The Coming Population Crash: and Our Planet’s Surprising Future by Fred Pearce (2010) 
• Too Many People: Case for Reversing Growth. By Lindsey Grant (2000)
• Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence,  by  Christian Parenti (2012) 

Energy Democracy by Fairchild, Weinrub and Horowitz, presenter Shelley for December 2.

“A global energy war is underway. It is man versus nature, fossil fuel versus clean energy, the haves versus the have-nots, and, fundamentally, an extractive economy versus a regenerative economy. The near-unanimous consensus among climate scientists is that the massive burning of gas, oil, and coal is having a cataclysmic impact on our atmosphere and climate, and depleting earth’s natural resources, including its land, food, fresh water and biodiversity.

These climate and environmental impacts are particularly magnified and debilitating for low-income communities and communities of color that live closest to toxic sites, are disproportionately impacted by high incidences of asthma, cancer and rates of morbidity and mortality, and lack the financial resources to build resilience to climate change.

Energy democracy tenders a response and joins the environmental and climate movements with broader movements for social and economic change. Energy democracy is a way to frame the international struggle of working people, low income communities, and communities of color to take control of energy resources from the energy establishment and use those resources to empower their communities—literally providing energy, economically, and politically. Energy democracy is more important than ever as climate and social justice advocates confront a shocking political reality in the U.S.

This volume brings together racial, cultural, and generational perspectives. This diversity is bound together by a common operating frame: that the global fight to save the planet—to conserve and restore our natural resources to be life-sustaining—must fully engage community residents and must change the larger economy to be sustainable, democratic, and just. The contributors offer their perspectives and approaches to climate and clean energy from rural Mississippi, to the South Bronx, to Californian immigrant and refugee communities, to urban and semi-rural communities in the Northeast. Taken together, the contributions in this book show what an alternative, democratized energy future can look like, and will inspire others to take up the struggle to build the energy democracy movement.”