Dec 28 2012
Most KPFK listeners know well the reality and danger of the warming of the planet, and that this global warming is happening as a direct result of human behavior through the burning of fossil fuels and the release of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. Today we spend the hour, not as much discussing the scientific consensus over global warming or the political struggle over what to do about global warming. Instead, we’ll talk about exactly what goals need to be met to stop the planet from literally burning to death, and what all of us, individuals, organizations, and governments, can do to meet those goals. British journalist George Monbiot has just written a new book, “Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning.” The book is a best seller in Europe and Canada but Monbiot could barely convince a publisher in the US to print it. Now, South End Press presents this new book, which I spent an hour discussing with George Monbiot on Friday afternoon.
George Monbiot has written books like Manifesto for a New World Order, which we covered in detail on Uprising. In 1995, Nelson Mandela presented Monbiot with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement. He has held visiting fellowships or professorships at the universities of Oxford, Bristol, Keele, and East London. He is currently a visiting professor of planning at Oxford Brookes University, and writes a weekly column for the Guardian newspaper. George Monbiot’s website, www.monbiot.com, is listed by Yahoo as the most popular columnist’s site on earth, outside the US.
GUEST: George Monbiot, weekly columnist for the Guardian Newspaper, author of “Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning”
Click here to read a transcript of the interview.