Robinhood and the United Nations (512)

The #ExxonKnew story continues to develop as executives do everything they can to prevent accountability for huge corporations by spending hundreds of millions of dollars to put the entire world in mortal danger with lies to protect their business model. It is now a matter of public record that Exxon has known and admitted to knowing that climate change was a real threat for 30 years… and spent the next 30 years lying to the public through funding fake science and supporting opportunistic political hacks. The result? Well they learned their lesson, this sort of thing works. They are now spending more money to intimidate, delay and attempt to discredit those attempting to seek accountability.

The CBC gets into our crosshairs again this week with a discussion on the language used to describe anti-science hacks who keep being called ‘contrarians’ by the CBC much less science denialists and how that affects public discourse in Canada, and some final thoughts from hideous theatre macabre of the Republican National Convention.

Green Majority regular contributor and finance expert Tim Nash the sustainable economist joins us this week for a segment on the concept of a global “Robinhood Tax” and how this idea could address the vast wealth inequality all over the world, climate change and basically all the other big-ticket global problems all in one go. But you know, start small right? 🙂 This is not a new idea, nor is it crazy… in fact it’s already been proposed on a smaller scale in some countries and policies similar to this are already in place.

Meet Tim Nash

In the final main-show section we discuss briefly the technology/carbon connection with Googles data-centres… both how big an impact they have and how they are trying to reign this in with artificial intelligence (AI) software. As well, the ‘scary climate story of the week’ involves a shockingly rapid loss of sea ice and how we’re totally not nearly freaked out enough about sea level rise.

Bonus Show!

Deirdre and Daryn talk about ferrets and gene editing (part 2 of a discussion from last week) and Pokemon Go (yes really) and it’s very real relevance to modern environmental impacts. If you think this is silly or not relevant, sorry! Your wrong 🙂 Listen in on the podcast to find out why!

This weeks music:

Last Hologram “Culture Class” & “Dreamchaser”

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(485) Reclaiming Sovereignty

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Jeff Mann is an artist from the US now living in southern Ontario who works with junked car parts into art pieces, primarily masks. The art is absolutely fabulous, but you’ll also really enjoy Jeff’s perspective on environmental values and how to talk about it as he tours Ontario with his art pieces. Something he says that really resonated with us is that it’s probably a good idea to get out of your head, and into your heart when talking to the general public about social and environmental values.

Learn more about Jeff Mann and his art here.

You can also watch our video with Jeff (where he’s showing off his masks) here.

We also talk about TransCanada’s filed suit against the US government for killing the Keystone XL pipeline. The reason are both sad and hilarious, but it’s also a useful warning that this is even possible via NAFTA… on the eve of giving international ‘trade’ agreements superpowers through the TPP.

References:

This NAFTA Lawsuit over Keystone XL Proves “Free Trade” Deals Kill Democracy

‘Huge Ovation’: Citing #ExxonKnew, Vermont Governor Calls for Fossil Fuel Divestment

Keystone XL rejection leads TransCanada to sue Obama administration

Stefan Hostetter also gets on his soapbox about ‘planning to win’ and a cool idea for a way to revolutionize micro-technology like cell-phones to be less of a scourge on the planet.

This Is What a Repairable Phone Looks Like

This weeks music:

Basia Bulat – InfamousCity and Colour – Harder Than Stone