Confronting Paris climate confusion: The talking cure


First, the climate talks in Paris were a nail-biter. Then they were brutal disaster and a brilliant success at the same time. Now we’ve all moved on. Or have we?

Now that the emotional dust has settled, Kate Aranoff and I have hosted an audio blog (basically a one-off podcast) with Dissent magazine that parses what went down in Paris.

In Dissenting Climate: After Paris, What’s Next? we did a recap of the recaps; Kate taped a report from Paris, where she hung out with climate justice activists mobilizing around the talks, from French anti-fascist organizers to the global indigenous movement; and I interviewed Timmons Roberts, a leading scholar of climate politics and long-time observer (and sometimes participant) of global climate summits.

Sometimes you just have to talk it out.

Kate’s segment is great because it’s so rare that you get to hear one—never mind four or five—distinct voices from the global climate justice movement. And in my interview with Timmons we covered a ton of ground, from rich countries’ lack of follow-through on their promises of climate finance to the global south, to Timmons’ argument that we’re now seeing in Rhode Island the emergence of a real coalition behind a kind of green new deal that could inspire analogous efforts in other regions.

Along with the blog, we’ve posted links to all the articles and documents that came up during the show.

Part of this “audio blog” experiment is to see what it might look like to do a podcast that bridges the narrower audiences for climate wonkery, climate justice activism, and climate news with the broader world of people who care about politics and care about justice, but who are struggling to find a way to connect to the climate issue. The good news is, Kate and I aren’t done, yet. There could be more talking cure coming. But more on that later.

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