For the first part of today’s program, Esty talks to Mutual Aid Networks founder Stephanie Rearick and organizers Annaleise Hall and Kate Macdonald, who have been traveling throughout the Midwest and East Coast on their Solidarity Sprint tour, about their work building sustainable economies and futures in their local communities in the US, the UK, and New Zealand. They will be in Madison for their annual meeting and recap of their month-long tour on Friday, September 27, 4:00 PM–6:00PM at the Social Justice Center (1202 Williamson St).
Next, we turn our attention to an overlooked aspect of today’s Global Climate Strike: the role of the military in pollution and climate change throughout the world. Our guest is journalist Murtaza Hussaim, who recently published an article at The Intercept titled “War on the World: Industrialized Militaries are a Bigger Part of the Climate Emergency Than You Know.”
Anneleise Hall from New Zealand is an associate of Living Economies Educational Trust, focused on growing healthy economic alternatives, and Project Lyttelton, a non-profit organization that supports a range of projects building strong sustainable community opportunities in Lyttelton Harbour Basin, NZ.
Kate Macdonald from the UK is the founder of TimeBank Hull and East Riding, steward to Mutual Aid Network. She has a particular interest in regenerative food systems and how the tools of mutual aid can facilitate these. She is a co-founder of the Hull Harvest FEASTival, a large-scale community meal that grew to feeding 1,500 people a three-course meal completely from donated locally grown produce cooked by volunteers.
Stephanie Rearick is founder and Creative Director of Humans United in Mutual Aid Networks (HUMANs) global cooperative network and the Madison Mutual Aid Network, where the concept was forged.
Murtaza Hussain is a journalist at The Intercept whose work focuses on national security, foreign policy, and human rights. His work has previously been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera English.