Seventy Percent, Twenty Percent, Cedric Robinson discussed on Think 100%: The Coolest Show


Know if if if the us can really need on showing like climate action isn't just about fighting over a carbon tax or carbon trading or whatever it is abstraction it's about investment that improves people's day to day lives the most discarded and the most excluded first of all so it means state of the art free public transit or extremely affordable transit It means green public housing useful. Green public housing You know that that that that is the kind of place that people are gonna wanna live that. That really improves quality of life. You have some real showcases like that I think that's going to be catalytic because what's so scandalous about what what governments like like canada have done while claimed climate leaders is. They really haven't shown people how this can improve their lives right. It's still. it's still framed as something. That's taking something away from you. As opposed to something that is actually going to be enlivening and improving daily life. That's now and that so hope you heard it right here. The you got the rundown so on on earth day by last few questions. I want to really kick this topic. I think this is very important to get into racing class in this moment last year. We've had eight a year a reckoning and so this act these almost I don't know the term Against this not hometown. Knock through him right. Here we get to the end of this conversation. so the first one. He had his simply axes. What is your race in class analysis in like thirty seconds do that. We're going to get the rest of the two. I mentioned earlier. The term racial capitalism from cedric robinson. Malate cedric robinson. And i think it is really useful in the context of understanding the climate emergency Because what that teaches us. Is that what we call. Capitalism today was built Through the hierarchy of humanity known as white supremacy that you that the original inputs to the industrial economy that created the excess capital that fueled the industrial revolution were stolen african peoples and stolen indigenous plants and those original fest which required an ideology of your quote unquote scientific racism. That that that that that created this hierarchy of humanity that that that that that creates the rationale to say it is somehow occa- to steal these people's land into steal these people because they aren't exactly people And we have the manifest destiny a to do so creates the excess capital that then unleashes the power of fossil fuels that then creates climate change. That's the story we're in the story where living is You can't have an economy built on fossil fuels without sacrificial people. There's no way to do this. Without polluting people without colluding lands and so there needs to be that race and class hierarchy that says some people are more disposable than other people and that is where we're going to get our workers in without is where we're going to site our industry enough where we're gonna mind lands and so is built in from the beginning and there's no way to prior art. We've tried to pry it apart and we built our satellite movements. And that's how we've deliberately weakened ourselves out That's how you create a week loop it. Thank you Be more questions read. Fires were looking for rapid fire. Head In your book on fire elsewhere you have written about. You're learning about climate reparations from black indigenous people at at How does that learning shop in your work. It's interesting live with the very first article i wrote about. Climate change was a piece on climate reparations called climate rage for rolling stone in two thousand nine And i actually Had been working on a piece about reparations not about climate but about about reparations for slavery and colonialism and had heard from a group of bolivian activists and politicians. the day. believed that because these issues were all connected that the climate was led the best way into under Actually winning real reparations And so i guess one of the ways it shows up in my work is when i when i wrote this changes. Everything started with a quote from bolivian climate. Change negotiator nanan. Halacha varo calling for marshall plan for planet earth In this is we use these appraises like green new deal now. But that's what she was calling for. Concord global green new deals quoted a marshall plan for planet. Earth a mobilization of technology and resources of the scale Never seen before that would recognize. The debt owed chew the global south by the global north and also the global south in the global north right though sacrificial communities those colonies Within within a wealthy countries like the united states may i would argue possibly louisiana. The bill Certainly puerto rico And so in recognizing the core injustice the climate crisis. Which is that the that it. It is a crisis largely created by the wealthy that That that seventy percent of emissions come from the twenty percent richest people on the planet And yet the effects of those emissions are overwhelmingly felt by the people least responsible for the crisis. The lowest amidror's people with the smallest carbon footprint. There is a core injustice baked into this crisis which if we recognize would demand a transfer resources within rich countries from rich to poor and between rich and poor countries and that's that's the that's the revolutionary power of climate change and. I don't think it's an inconvenient truth row. i think it's a convenient one. Because what is inconvenient. Are the scars that a of injustice what supremacy and inequality that scar world. And if we actually reckon with the root of this crisis in that core economic in that core injustice of the climate crisis demands a transfer of resources and that's actually the way he builds something like a fair world So i don't see it as inconvenient at all actually see it as justice beautiful. Yeah well this is my last question that i'll cut out once a week and make sure you and thank you so much for your time and this so this is your last the last one. I well thank you again to hear you. Pacific -ly what is your contribution to the future. And how were you making.

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