This is the Insurgent Radio Kiosk for Monday, November 18th
For millions of people around the globe – especially young people – the pressing issue of our time is this: The world is on fire! On fire with climate change, creating a new and intensifying norm of deadly weather extremes that make a dystopian future a distinct possibility – constant wildfires, rising seas, desertification, global crop failures, widespread hunger, water shortages, etc.
Luckily, we are a sentient species with the scientific ability to know that the chief cause of this global destruction is not angry gods, but us – specifically humankind’s massive extraction and burning of oil, gas, coal, and other fossil fuels. So, there’s a rising chorus of people shouting “FIRE!” And, sure enough, our national government is rushing to the scene to put it out.
Unfortunately, our president and his crew of right-wing fire-breathers in Congress are not directing the government’s hoses at the corporate extractors, but at us, the people, scientists, environmentalists, and other activists who’ve dared to point to the flames and call for global action to stop the conflagration. They seem to think the problem will go away if they can make the protesters go away.
Worse, they’re fanning the flames by turning the EPA into the PPA – the Polluters Protection Agency. They’re slashing dozens of public restraints on the polluters, while also opening up our oceans and wilderness areas to their polluting greed and stalling the rational shift to a green energy future.
The good news is that the people are revolting (in the very best sense of that term!) against our corrupt leaders’ rush toward climate catastrophe. Our hope is not in “leaders,” but ourselves – as it has been throughout American history. From the Boston Tea Party forward, creative and gutsy public protest has been democracy’s best friend.
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All are invited to a Voter Education Ambassador Training session this evening from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m in the Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Learn how to answer questions about voter ID, voter registration and the overall election process. The session is an opportunity to work with the City Clerk’s Office on voter outreach efforts with the goal of having each eligible voter cast a vote and having that vote counted. For information, visit clerk@cityof madison.com.
Join an informational session to learn about the Madison Cooperative Development Coalition this evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Goodman South Library, 2222 South Park Street. The coalition provides technical assistance, funding and support for those interested in starting a worker cooperative or converting an existing business into a worker-owned and managed company. For more information, visit mcdcmadison.org.
Clean Sweep Hazardous Waste Site is open year-round at the county landfill and operates Tuesdays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 10:45 a.m. Clean Sweep will be closed Sundays, Mondays and Holidays. There is a fee per drop-off. Clean Sweep is located at 7102 US Highway 12 in Madison. More information at danecountycleansweep.com.
The Insurgent Radio Kiosk welcomes your commentaries on subjects of interest to the W.O.R.T. listening community. Commentaries are limited to two minutes. If you’d like to do a Kiosk commentary, visit wortfm.org/kioskcommentary.
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This has been the Insurgent Radio Kiosk heard weekdays at 5:00, 6:30 and 9:00 AM and at 2:00 PM. I’m Greg Geboski. Submit announcements at least ten days in advance of the event at wortfm.org/announcements.