Entries by Alan Journet

What is ‘neoliberalism’?

Letter to Editor by Lee Lull, Medford Mail Tribune,  June 30, 300 Also appearing in Ashland Daily Tidings, 06/23/2020 We hear the term “neoliberalism” bandied about quite a bit these days, but it might surprise you to learn that the original term has nothing to do with being liberal. In fact neoliberalism is diametrically opposed […]

Corporations are an obstacle

Letter to Editor by Ken Deveney, Ashland Daily Tidings, June 30 2020 While many from the corporate world deserve congratulations for accepting climate science and acknowledging the need to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, others do not. As 350.org founder Bill McKibben argued: “The political power of the fossil fuel industry has always been the single […]

Climate messages from the COVID-19 crisis

The Following Article appeared in Counterbound Volume 1 Issue 1 p 26 – 32, June 2020 Available on subscription from www.counterbound.org. Follow them on @counterbound. Reproduced here by permission of the publishers.       Alan Journet, Co-Facilitator, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) alan@socan.eco; 541-301-4107     The COVID-19 crisis teaches us two things: […]

Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism

It’s impossible to live sustainably without tackling inequality, activists say. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, June 3, 2020 This week, with the country convulsed by protests over the killing of a black man named George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, we decided we’d talk to leading black climate activists about the connections between racism and climate […]

Climate Change in the Time of Coronavirus

Sarah Leeson,  Innovation Hub, June 05, 2020 We’re all ready for some good news, so headlines about smog dissipating in China, skies clearing in LA, and jellyfish appearing in canals in Venice were very welcome amidst the pandemic. However, while these paint a rosy picture of a potential silver lining to the global shutdown, the truth is much more complicated. Shannon Osaka, […]

Praising Emissions Reductions Due to Coronavirus Plays Into Right-Wing Strategy

Sharon Zhang Truthout < may 25th 2020 A study published in Nature Climate Change recently found that, in early April, daily global carbon dioxide emissions decreased by 17 percent compared to the 2019 mean levels. Because of shelter-in-place rules and businesses being closed, people have been driving and flying less, leading to lower emissions. Shortly after […]

We’re flattening the coronavirus curve. We can flatten the climate curve, too.

A.R. Ravishankara and  Mary M. Glackin, Washington Post, May 19 2020 Flatten the curve! Flatten the curve! It has become a rallying cry for dealing with the novel coronavirus across the world. This approach appears to be largely endorsed, being accepted and being acted upon to different degrees in most parts of the world. And, importantly, we […]