On Friday November 16th, Anjuli Brekke subbing for Esty Dinur brought listeners a show about how our economic system is contributing to environmental degradation.
She spoke with longtime environmental activist Chris Williams, professor of physics and chemistry at Pace University and author of “Ecology and Socialism.” In his book, Williams writes, “We live in a social system predicated on endless expansion; one that sickeningly combines historic and gargantuan amounts of wealth alongside oceans of poverty and mountains of waste. It is no exaggeration to state that without swift, dramatic and profound changes to societal priorities, including a fundamental reorientation away from fossil-fuel-based energy and profit-driven capitalist economic growth, the generation growing up today will be, in all likelihood, the last to know climate stability.” During the hour Anjuli discussed this Eco-socialist movement with Professor Williams, a movement which pushes for a revolution not only within our economic and social structure, but also in the way we perceive the natural world. It urges the reader to shift away from a resource-oriented approach to one which acknowledges the intrinsic worth of nature in and of itself.
Read more about the book “Ecology and Socialism:”
Read Professor Williams’s article “Frankenstorms and Climate Change: How the 1% Created a Monster:”
Listen to the entire interview: