There’s been a fair amount of media buzz lately about activist/journalist Naomi Klein. This led me to check out her views and methods. Here’s an interview with Klein by Bill Moyers (actually, it’s the first half of the one-hour show), which helps understand where she and her compatriots are coming from.

One of the things she’s involved with is the “Do the Math” project out of 350.org, part of which is helping organize a movement targeting divesting from fossil fuel companies.

Their goal:

We want institutions to immediately freeze any new investment in fossil fuel companies, and divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.

This approach is modeled after the anti-Apartheid movement’s efforts.Their math: if all the carbon sources on reserve are burned, then five times the amount of “safe” emissions will be released, basically guaranteeing a real bad future.

Well, good on them, and their Do the Math effort. They may very well bring in young activists, just as the anti-Apartheid movement did.


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