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beds and now available in the whole of delhi corona virus infections in argentina are at their peak with over $22000.00 cases reported daily it comes as the country received a shipment of 864000 doses of astra zeneca from the kovacs scheme the government has imposed tougher restrictions including a 3 week nighttime curfew. a new unity government formed by those who oppose me in mars' coup says it should be included in crisis talks with neighboring countries it's criticised a move to invite the military's leader to a special us eon summit in jakarta on saturday votes are being counted in cape birds parliamentary elections which have been dominated by the pandemic and its impact on the economy polls are predicting a tight race between the 2 main parties. those airlines news continues here on al-jazeera right after upfront which is coming up next season but by for the. the climate is changing every year for millions of years decades of tool but little
action it's all about distraction create confusion to create smoke and mirrors the shocking truth about how the climate debate has been systematically subverts of the oil industry was a main bankroller or opposition to climate action the campaign against the climate do you think that's a bad thing more to do with it was fusion because it absolutely. is capitalism fundamentally at odds with the climate last naomi klein and so on and this upfront special. in 291-1000 scientists issued a chilling warning to the world they predicted untold suffering due to the climate crisis unless global society undertook
a major transformation but almost 2 years on and there's been little if any meaningful progress on transforming how we all live and interact with the environment and climate change is getting worse global temperatures are rising not falling so is it finally time to launch a new and radical approach joining us to discuss this are naomi klein gloria steinem chair in media culture and feminist studies at wrecker's university and author of numerous books her latest one being how to change everything and i'm a so one seattle city council member economist member of socialist alternative thank you both for joining me on outfront naomi i'm going to start with you it's been 7 years since the release of your book this changes everything capitalism versus the climate where you argue for a system change in order to save the planet now in the midst of a global pandemic we are seeing bailouts for 4 big polluters billionaires saw their wealth ballooned while millions of people are struggling to make ends meet in other words profit has been put before people and the planet are we basically in the same
place fighting the same battle that we were back then. i will say that we are in the same place you know when i published this changes everything as you said in 2014. of the subtitle of that book was capitalism versus the climate and there was tremendous pushback and not just from. you know a right wing economists it was from frankly the environmental movement who would you know friends would take me aside and say you know you're you're making things a lot harder for us by linking climate action to this transformation of our economy you know why do we have to link climate action with fighting racial injustice or fighting for gender equality you know your i heard this so much you're making it harder so here we are 7 years later and the discourse of the climate justice movement is really being echoed at the highest levels of government and i want to stress discourse because there is
a difference between what politicians say and what politicians do but i think it is really significant that when you look at what the by the administration is proposing we are seeing a mobilization of resources the likes of which i've never seen in my lifetime through a stimulus bill on the scale of around 3 trillion dollars with a great deal of it going to so-called you know green projects unfortunately it's not just the discourse that has changed in those 7 years the planet has changed in those 7 years it's gotten a lot hotter so what we need to do is a lot more and so it may seem hard to accept but the 3 trillion isn't enough we need basically 3 times that amount if we were going to address this crisis but i wouldn't say that things are exactly as they were 7 years ago when i published that book the plan it's gotten harder movements have gotten larger and have pushed centrist politicians like joe biden to do some things that would have been
unimaginable just a couple of years ago and to sherman i mean your work in many ways speaks to the. that as a city council member in seattle you have been leading the charge and getting many progressive wins whether we're talking about fighting for a $15.00 minimum wage whether we're talking about taxing the wealthy whether we're talking about introducing a resolution in support of global climate strike things are happening can you talk a little bit about some of the tactics and strategies you used to make that happen and how that could be instructive to people who are in the kind of movement i think . emergence of mass movements as we saw a recently with the black clothes matter street protests which brought 26000000 people out on american streets in multiracial working class solidarity against racism in a movement like that the fact that there have been climate strike actions which you have been leading have really brought pressure to bear on big business dominated politics and at the same time we see this chasm between the rhetoric that
politicians are under pressure from movements forced to utter and the actions that they're willing to undertake i mean seattle is a good example of the kind of tactics and strategy we need because it is not a republican stronghold in any way we have 8 progressive democrats and one socialist myself and yet we have seen that the overwhelming number of victories that be a one which is taking on big business and winning despite their opposition like the $15.00 minimum wage like the amazon tax to fund an expansion of social housing and green new deal projects and renters right you know overwhelming numbers of these big trees have been won also despite the opposition of the progressive democrats i mean what do you have done to win these victories is rather than me relying on trying to get agreement from progressive democrats are big business you know lobbyist what i've done instead what we've done to our office is go outward and
build movements to 15 a dollar minimum wage for example was one because we use. our socialist council office to build the 15 now grassroots movement which was independent of the democratic party establishment and we launched you know mass action conferences street actions returned to us and that is how we were able to win similar with the amazon tax that's the kind of pressure we will need in congress as well i mean the battle you're talking about particular taxing these big businesses like amazon it didn't come without a consequence and a price on amazon dumped big money into trying to defeat people like you're going to put $1500000.00 into local city council races to see you defeated of course you won help us understand how you're able to go back in such powerful entities and be victorious. you're absolutely right mark i mean did they really try to do a corporate takeover in 2019 and millions of dollars were spent unprecedented amount i mean this is that he counseled race and amazon as you mentioned threw down
a $1000000.00 money bomb in the last weeks of the race in october of 2019 and we were able to win despite that because precisely because and this is where you know the conventional wisdom of the democratic party completely sort of betrays the interest of working people if you know you're told not to rock the boat as naomi was mentioning earlier don't mention capitalism in relation to the climate crisis in fact you have to do the exact opposite to mobilize people and to organize ordinary people into tapping into their late and power you know individually working people have no power but if we can get organized into independent movements that are clear that the politicians of the 2 parties are not on our side that big business is not on our side that you cannot negotiate your way into a better society you have to have a political fight back a political clash against big business so this is this goes against the ordinary wisdom of new not rocking the boat and you have to do the exact opposite yeah i
just echoing what what chad was just saying there you know we talk about climate justice which which is the governing principle of all of this we often think about well we need climate justice means that the communities that have gotten the worst d.-o. under the current extractive economies which are overwhelmingly black and brown communities need to get green jobs lead to get green infrastructure in their communities and that is part of climate justice but it has it's only happened that the other half is the people who did the most to create the crisis have to help pay for it have to pay more for it we often don't talk enough about that side of it but the truth is people are furious at the kind of corp. profiteering that has gone on during this pandemic people are enraged when they hear that the billionaire class has increased their wealth during this time a so much pain and loss and it's interesting that when you look at biden's stimulus
plan that the biggest push back from centrist democrats is not coming from the price tag or the plans to invest in infrastructure where we're seeing the pushback is the idea that there should be marginal corporate tax increases to help pay for it and this is really significant because there's someone saying these are popular policy this is the way you you sell to the public that this is a just policy and so if it's just financed through deficit spending my concern is that a few years down the road this turns into an excuse for brutal economic austerity in the last we increase corporate taxes in unless we say the polluters have to pay for this then a few years down the road this is or you know or even just a couple years down the road this is going to play out in the forms of massive cuts to health care to education to so many policies that help working people i have
a question for both of you in line with exactly that you know you know leading global climate economists are saying the climate change will exacerbate income inequality between rich and poor nations how should some of the poorest nations in the earlier stages of development navigate the crisis and should countries that have contributed most to climate change have to bear the burden of reducing their c o 2 emissions in a more ambitious way thinking about what you just said they only about it working on both ends right people who have done the most harm have to also have been the most burden how do we think through that m.s.r. with you into interdiction well look at you know that principle all right what is climate justice it is that the people who are most impacted who did the least to create the crisis need to be 1st in line to benefit and the united states is the world's largest historical emitter. the uniting of the united states put more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than any other country it has been polluting on an industrial scale for several 100 years and so what that means is that countries like the u.s. and the u.k.
and other is so-called advanced industrial countries need to pay into funds that will go to the global south so that countries can leapfrog over fossil fuels go directly to green energy and all of this is in shrine and in they u.n. climate treaties that the u.s. has already signed the un climate convention says that countries have common but differentiated responsibility so that means that every country has to be part of the solution but there are differentiated responsibilities based on which countries have been able to develop precisely because they have extracted so much wealth from poor countries and that's how they got rich right and so the u.s. has been pledging to pay into these crime it a u.n. climate funds for years and has reneged on its commitments so yeah we can't think about climate justice just within national context there is no real nationalist response to the climate crisis as having to be international it's just like the
response to cope it needs to be well you know i think knowing we made a very important point that there is no will there's no solution to the climate catastrophe that is telling us in the face on a nationalist basis on a nation state basis this will have to be an international response and i think points towards a genuine working class solidarity understanding for example that 100 corporations you know global corporations are responsible for 70 percent of the emissions since 1900 so in other words big corporations conglomerates billionaire class they are responsible for this crisis as mentioning and recognizing that these are global corporations so in other words the capitalist class in my home country india is every bit as. extractive an exploitative as the capitalist class in the united states and the working class in the us across the racial divisions has an incentive to build a united fight back here within our country and to build international solidarity
with working people outside the us you know because ultimately there is no hope of defeating and really addressing climate change unless we recognize that this is a battle against capitalism itself i mean just to look at the statistic that the guardian newspaper recently just weeks ago showed that the world's biggest 60 banks have provided nearly 4 trillion dollars of financing for fossil fuel companies since the prime powder's accord in 2015 this is absolutely shocking and so we have to start with the question of taxing big business and but not just here you know internationally but i would also say you know we have to go beyond that and really advocate for what i would call a socialist green new deal which in addition to these measures of taxing big business and expansion of green infrastructure will also talk about bringing private utilities transportation major fossil fuel companies also key parts of the just takes like amazon into democratic public ownership of workers and immediately
retool these corporations for renewable energy sources and ultimately we need a planned economy and we don't have much time to do it so we cannot waste time hoping that someday the capitalist class will realize this is in the interest of humanity they know it is the nader's manatee but they have no incentive and i would just also point out that you know the take the dog the brilliant documentary that naomi klein and lewis had made in 2004 that you know that was an example of workers taking into community ownership democratic ownership a corporation and how efficiently that it did they ran it more efficiently i think that's a very key example but we need that on a much larger. skiing and with them are just scale that you're talking about requires a real radical vision for everything you've talked about you've articulated a radical vision and in a real shift in how we would function both domestically and internationally the
challenge and i put this to you naomi of these kinds of radical visions is that they're constantly compromised by moneyed interests and corporate donors we have the n.g.o.s zation the professionalization of the climate movement you've talked about this you said the big green groups are worse than climate deniers in many ways but how do we manage to not just develop but in force a radical vision and a radical politics against the backdrop of all of this corporatization professionalization well you know i think we've been discussing we build movements right not not n.g.o.s. you know which isn't to say that there are good n.g.o.s out there that partner with with men south but but but you know n.g.o.s are not going to get us out of this it's going to be movement power it's going to be the kind of mass mobilization to start i was talking about india think about the indian farmers movement that rose up against. mr modi there in our has you and
yet you know that you rushed through under cover of pandemic which many farmers described as a death warrant which will lead to war consolidation of land in the hands of a few quick red players you know so small farmers are a climate solution responsible agricole article farming methods sequester carbon where as these big corporate for you know farming to agricultural giants use huge fossil fuel inputs for their business models right and i think was really striking that the youth climate movement rallied around the farmers and said you know that they're on the front lines of climate disruption they are climate solution we are going to stand with them and faced you know a. norma's repression from the modi government including arresting and imprisoning young climate activists but there was international solidarity from the youth climate strikers and it's that that's the kind of thing we need to see from
a grassroots climate movement it can't just be young people who are doing with it can't just be teenagers it has to be everybody. so yeah i mean absolutely these solutions and these responses are radical in the best sense you know i always say that the future is radical so it's not a question of whether or not we like radical change or not we are going to experience radical change or we are already in the grips of it the question is whether we are going to try to manage it try to plan it so that we have things like energy democracy. was talking about worker ownership we can have energy democracy if you know as we transition from fossil fuels we need to be bold in this moment and in the face of all of that corporatization market you're talking about and just be fearless in proposing the solutions that will be radical in the best sense of actually getting at the root of what is driving all of these crises because it isn't just the emissions in the atmosphere it's the logic that put profits before people at every level one of the real solutions that many and the
climate movement of offered in their estimation is the green new deal what's the 1st step to getting there especially in a moment where we have a kind of centrist democratic presidency that for many years masquerading as a progressive one. you know i'm not sure i agree with exactly how you characterized it because if you look at how biden ran in the primaries versus how he is governing it's not to say he was and listen i'm not making excuses for him i was a bernie sanders surrogate you know biden was not my 2nd choice my 3rd choice is you know i mean but i also think it's important to give movements credit where credit is due biden has already been pushed to some where he had no desire to go but the very idea that he would be introducing a stimulus plan. that is going to mobilize around 2 trillion dollars for climate investment is not something that we should say oh well he's just you know not interested in the green media he's adopted the framing of the climate justice
movement because because the movement has been growing its power in the way that it has. and he has introduced some policies that come directly from the movement it's not enough we need to keep pushing but the fact that he has done this i think is evidence that that he can be pushed some estimate that the u.s. military is the world's largest consumer of oil and as a result one of the world's top greenhouse gas emitters many modern wars have largely been predicated on protecting access to fossil fuel resources abroad the u.s. military has $800.00 bases around the world and it's no surprise that a lot of them surround oil and natural gas reserves what is the relationship between militarism and climate change and do we need to essentially rethink or completely defund militarism in order to get to a just moment of climate activism. i think as you said correctly mark that it is not a coincidence that so many so much of the military apparatus internationally of the us regime is around the question of protecting the natural resources that
these corporations like striking not to mention that they are determined to extract every drop of oil from under the earth if we let them and so it shows how you know you it's not it's not yes it is absolutely a question of building the kind of movements that we need to build and the farmer protests are and the only correctly mention our shining example of what is possible you know that there is but it is possible to build these kind of fighting movements that go up against some really powerful entities yes it is a question of taking funds away from the military and 2 words productive and socially constructive a nondestructive causes but in order to do that it's not merely a matter of you know building movements to pressure congress to do it and it is absolutely true that the kind of infrastructure in stimulus spending that we have seen and also the announcements that we have seen from the biden administration are
almost unheard of but they're understand that fundamentally they are doing this because their own system is in such deep and long lasting crisis they are understand that and for the most part it is an effort to show up a really you know crumbling system so you know it's not a surprise again that the international monetary fund for example which has been introduced and i drove just brutal neo liberal assault on country after country including inside the united states they are now advocating maybe we need to tax big business but it's not that they have suddenly turned. you know there's suddenly realize that although their system is bad for the people and for the climate and they need to do better you know they're doing it because. the system is in such crisis the only way we could win something light. a socialist green new deal let alone the democratic public ownership of these big corporations that we need to be that will be embedded is also in the united states for example the need to build
independent political organizations because the democratic party is simply not going to be on our side but the same reason that the military is spending so much money protecting fossil fuels internationally we need a head on political clash with the political establishment now i mean a lot of people don't grasp how huge the climate crisis contributes to massive migration just in the past 6 months according to the international red cross over 80 percent of global displacements have been caused by disasters most of which are triggered by climate and weather extremes 1 is this issue prominent anough within the debate given the numbers. i don't think it is prominent enough especially because so many. people who who were forced to migrate from central america coming to the united states many of them have been linked to climate change fueled disasters very a natural disasters it's never one driver i mean this is what i think is important to understand the reasons why people choose to move are complex it's rarely one
factor and climate change is a stress multiplier right so you know if you are wealthy and you have various shock absorbers and cushions then when and when a hurricane hits your community you have home insurance maybe you have another home to go to you know when i wrote the shock doctrine there was actually a private airline called help jet that was offering to turn people's hurricanes disasters into a luxury vacation and we sort of caught a glimpse of this member when ted cruz and his neighbors left texas which was in the grips of a crisis that many scientists have linked to climate change and decided to check into the ritz carlton in kent kuhn right so this is just to say that climate shocks don't impact the rich and the poor in the same way if you are living very very
close to the edge then a climate shock can be the last straw so i think that that's really important to understand and yeah i think we need to talk about it more more. because there is such a discourse of deserving and undeserving migrants in the idea of like ok if you're a political refugee that's a deserving migrant but if you're an economic or arc or a climate refugee then that is you know that that's under their breath and we just need to get rid of this whole discourse entirely because people have a right to move they also have a right to stay so i think that this ties in with what we were talking. about earlier in terms of what a country like the united states over to the global south you know we need to be mobilizing hundreds of billions in resources so that so that you know communities are able to recover from climate change people disaster but if people have no choice but to loot or choose to move then frankly they need to be welcomed and it
isn't out of noblesse so believe it isn't out of. you know some wonderful beneficence that we're doing this you know the united states built the world that is forcing so much migration and so many ways thank you both for joining me know me climb on this one thank you so much for joining that up front. thank you for having me so much but. that's our show up front will be back next week.
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