Showing posts with label environment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label environment. Show all posts

Earth Day: State of EMERGENCY! - program at Revolution Books 4-22-14

The Plunder of Our Planet, The Environmental Catastrophe & The Real Revolutionary Solution

Earth Day program at Revolution Books

with Larry Everest, writer for Revolution and author of the books Oil Power & Empire: Iraq & the U.S. Global Agenda, and Behind the Poison Cloud: Union Carbide's Bhopal Massacre

Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00 pm 

Presentation and discussion based on the special issue of Revolution

This emergency has many dimensions:

Revolution contingent at Earth Day in San Francisco - Saturday 4-19-14

Join Revolution Books on Saturday April 19 at  10:30 a.m.  Meet at Justin Herman Plaza. Look for our banner, “This Capitalist System is Destroying Our Planet – Revolution is the Solution.” Wear revolutionary t shirts, bring signs and symbols of the planet.

The SF Action Parade will march to the UN Plaza/Civic Center for the Earth Day Festival  Look for our table at the UN Plaza/Civic Center.

Author Ann Pancake: Strange As This Weather Has Been 2-19-13

7 pm Tuesday, February 19
Author Ann Pancake discusses her novel
Strange as this Weather Has Been

Based on interviews and real events, Strange As This Weather Has Been features a West Virginian town in the midst of the latest coal boom, and plagued by the mountaintop removal strip mining that is ruining what is left of their mountain life. As the mine turns the mountains to dust and wastewater, workers struggle with layoffs and children find adventure in the blasted moonscape craters. And down below, the hollow’s inhabitants live with the constant threat of a black flood that could wash out their world without notice.

This story of lives suspended by danger is delivered through the perspectives of several members of one family. Ultimately, through their eyes, we come to discover the very real threat of destruction that looms in the landscape and in their home.


What people are saying about Strange as This Weather Has Been:

Book of the month: Storms of My Grandchildren 12-28-12

 In Storms of My Grandchildren, the world's leading climatologist, James Hansen speaks out with the full truth about global warming: The planet is hurtling even more rapidly than previously acknowledged to a climatic point of no return. In explaining the science of climate change, Hansen paints a devastating but all-too-realistic picture of what will happen in our children's and grandchildren's lifetimes if we follow the course we're on.

Book discussion Friday, December 28 at 7 pm. In December Storms of My Grandchildren will be available in our store at the special price of $15.

Discussion of Bill McKibben's EAARTH 11-30-12

Our November Book-of-the-Month is....

eaarth:  Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already under way. Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. We've created, in very short order, a new planet, still recognizable but fundamentally different. We may as well call it Eaarth.

We'll play excerpts of the audiobook and launch into the fray on this book and its crucial topic. Friday November 30 at 7 pm. This month eaarth will be available at a discounted price. You can also purchase it from Revolution Books online for the regular price [here.]

Next month's book: Storms of My Grandchildren

Bernie Krause discusses The Great Animal Orchestra 7-10-12

July 10, Tuesday, 7 p.m. Bernie Krause will give a talk and video/audio presentation on his work and  book,  
The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Orgins of Music in the World's Wild Places, the story of one man's pursuit of natural music in its purest form, and an impassioned case for the conservation of one of our most overlooked natural resources-the music of the wild.

This is a benefit for Revolution Books: $5-10 donation or free with purchase of The Great Animal Orchestra.

Chernobyl in Japan: The capitalist nuclear horror - discussion 5-10-11 at Revolution Books

Tuesday, May 10 - 7pm
Chernobyl in Japan: the Capitalist Nuclear Horror
Presentation and Discussion

For a month,
radioactive contamination has poured out of the Fukushima nuclear reactors after the huge earthquake and tsunami along Japan's eastern coast. Radioactive materials have spread over wide swaths where millions of people live. Food crops, tap water, and soil have been contaminated, endangering human health and poisoning ecosystems. Farmers' and fishermen's livelihoods are being ruined...And bodies from the tsunami and quake are still being found. 28,000 people are dead or missing, and 150,000 are still living in temporary shelters.  

The response of the whole world capitalist system to this immense catastrophe has been one of paralysis, lies, cover-ups, denial and the reckless endangering of people's lives. 

Discussion - Cancun Climate Talks:The Do-Nothing Agreement and the Planetary Emergency, Jan 25, Tues., 7 pm at Revolution Books

On December 11, UN talks on climate change ended in Cancun, Mexico. In the months going into Cancun, it seemed that the cynical and bitter watchword among major governments of what could be accomplished at the talks was "lower expectations", and then, "lower them again." And like the talks held in Copenhagen in December 2009, the Cancun summit moves the world no closer to seriously dealing with the pressing environmental emergency on this planet.
Earth's ecosystems and humanity face a multifaceted environmental emergency—the destruction of forests and other natural habitats; extinction of species; acidification of the oceans and wiping out of ocean life; pollution and degradation of water, air, and soil. Climate change is a leading edge of this emergency, is already occurring and threatens to become unstoppable. This is why the failure of the world’s governments in Cancun demands serious and deep analysis - and strategic thinking and action.
Our view: the future of earth's ecosystems can't be left in the hands of the U.S. and other powers, who showed once again at Cancun that they are incapable of doing anything but using such talks to pursue their own interests at the expense of the natural world and humanity. But there is a way out! The needed basic technology, knowledge, and science exists to combat the problem of climate change, and there is potentially a tremendous desire latent among the world's people that could be mobilized, but is being blocked by this system. We need revolution and a new state power to generate all these potentials in the way they must go.

Read Revolution article here.
Crucial reading: "Some Key Principles of Socialist Sustainable Development", Revolution, April 18, 2010 special issue on the environment.
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