1) For those of you who missed it, Nobel Prize winning climate scientist Michael Mann, whose work demonstrating that industrial civilization and fossil fuel burning are causing global warming has made him a major target of death threats, fake anthrax envelopes, Congressional witchhunts and other attacks by petroleum industry funded funded politicians, "journalists" and other science deniers, spoke at IU this week on a tour for his book "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars." He talked about how the science behind human caused climate change is neither complex nor controversial nor even new, and layed out the conspiracy of petroleum plutarchs behind it. Before the talk I interviewed him for WFHB and Ecoreport, and that interview will air live on WFHB next Thursday April 26 at 11 am at 91.3 FM | 98.1 Bloomington | 100.7 Nashville | 106.3 Ellettsville
or at wfhb.org . IF you miss it live catch the podcast on the website.
2) In the coming weeks (not sure when) WFHB/Ecoreport will also be airing my interview with IU/SPEA Prof. Vicky Meretsky about the danger climate change poses in terms of biodiversity and species loss, and some ideas about how to help mitigate some of those effects.
3) And there will be a May Day festival this May 1st towards the goal of creating a sustainable, egalitarian and inclusive society. Events will be happening all day all over the city, including:
10 AM - "What Would a Post-capitalist Bloomington Look Like?" A Glimpse, Location TBA
11 AM TO 2 PM - "Really Really Free Market" set up at B-line and 4th also offers a glimpse of post-capitalist society with a free and open example of the gift economy. Bring things to give a way and come look for things you might want.
12 PM - 2PM - "Food Not Bombs" (?also at B-line and 4th?) As social activist and hiphop artist Boots Riley of the Coup said, "Free food for the people, how it should be." They're also using healthy food that is not cosmetically adequate to be sold to consumers, and serving healthy, nutritionally balanced vegetarian fair.
5:30 PM - Sample Gates Unity Rally (unfortuantely I'm taking this off the poster and I'm not clear who is united about what)
6 PM - May Day March/Parade
8 PM - Music (Location/Artists TBA)
There will also be films shown at the downtown library auditorium, guerilla punk shows, street theater and street art installations around central Bloomington.
Additional offerings to add to the May Day smorgasbord are welcome!