Let's save the world by 2030. Our Platform for Survival aims to prevent war and weapons (especially nuclear); global warming; famine; pandemics, massive radiation exposure; and cyberattacks—and adopt “enabling measures” (global economic, security, and governance reforms).
Robin Collins discusses a book called "Cynical Theories" that he admires. It criticizes the merger between critical theory and post-modernism, which has led progressive thinkers to switch from universalist, "color blind" commitments to tribalism that replaces class-based analyses. Collins and Metta agree in their opposition to this "tribalist" ideology.
Democracy and War
Marc Eliot Stein is a web designer and fervent peace activist with World Beyond War, an effective organization that seeks the abolition of war. He and Metta are conversing here only hours after the insurrection at the US Capitol, and they agree that the democratic governance of the world (and of specific nations) requires the rejection of militarism. They discuss the Green New Deal and recognize that it will depend on cooperation of activists working against multiple societal problems.
Russian Military in the Arctic
Ernie Regehr studies the military activities of the countries extending above the Arctic circle. He reports that the Russian military presence is expanding greatly. It is already far more active there than other states, but fortunately they all remain cooperative. If significant conflicts arise there, it will probably be as spill-over from disputes elsewhere in the world. We look at the new shipping routes that are being developed because of global warming.
William Fletcher has traveled extensively in China and is co-author of a book about climate change, so he and Metta discuss China's energy problems -- especially the pollution caused by its heavy reliance on coal. He predicts that China will adopt more sustainable technology in a timely fashion and benefit from the sale of turbines and similar "green" technology to the world.
Climate Tipping Points
William Fletcher tells Metta about five tipping points -- hypothetical moments when a linear rate of change breaks and a grave irreversible trend begins, such as a movement of the Gulf Stream, which changes the climate of Europe, or the breaking off of ice shelves in Antarctica, which enables ice on the continent to slip off into the sea and raise its level. Bill and Metta disagree as to whether the reduction of greenhouse gas emission can suffice to bring climate change under control.
The World in Dec 2020 Part 2
In Part 2 of Project Save the World's Global Town Hall, we discuss the challenge of improving democracy, especially the fact that big moneyed interests strongly influence the media so that voters are not well enough informed to make good decisions.