Come hear Brian Tokar speak, Friday Night at the Five-Towns Forum
Friday, April 11, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Sharp!
7:30 p.m. for coffee and cake
Hewlett, New York
Admission is Free.
Long Island Railroad to Hewlett, on the Rockaway Line.
Efforts to prevent catastrophic global warming have become a
signature struggle of our time. While scientists emphasize the
potential long-range consequences of continuing climate changes, the
world's poorest people are already directly affected. The destruction
of many New Orleans neighborhoods by Hurricane Katrina is linked to
long-range climate trends, and the UN's World Development Report
states that one out of 19 people in the global South has already been
impacted by increased droughts, floods, wildfires and other
consequences of climate disruption. While the US has historically
been the largest source of excessive emissions of "greenhouse gases"
into the atmosphere, our government lags far behind the rest of the
world in addressing the problem. We will explore the global justice
dimensions of today's climate changes, and discuss the economic,
political and social transformations that are needed to sustain the
earth's ecological balances and our hopes for a more just society.
GLOBAL WARMING AND THE STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE
A Talk by Brian Tokar
Brian Tokar has been an activist, author and a leading critical voice
for ecological activism since the 1970's, and is currently the
Director of the Institute for Social Ecology, based in Vermont. He is
the author of The Green Alternative (1987, revised 1992) and Earth
for Sale (1997), and edited Redesigning Life?, an international
collection on the politics and implications of biotechnology, (Zed
Books, 2001), as well as Gene Traders: Biotechnology, World Trade and
Globalization of Hunger (Toward Freedom, 2004). Brian has lectured
throughout the US, as well as internationally, and is acclaimed as a
passionate advocate of grassroots action for food sovereignty and
global justice. His articles on environmental issues, emerging
ecological movements, and resistance to genetic engineering appear in
Z Magazine, Earth Island Journal, Toward Freedom, and on websites
such as Counterpunch, Znet, Truthout, and WW4Report. Brian holds
concurrent degrees from MIT in biology and physics, and a Masters
degree in biophysics from Harvard University.