Some of the richest people on the planet own as much wealth as the bottom 50% of the world’s population. Alongside a shift in climate instability, jobs are becoming more precarious and politics are more polarized than ever. The question on the minds of activists around the world is: are all these events connected? Are social issues connected to climate issues?
These issues were discussed at the 5th Annual Tommy Douglas Institute at George Brown College on May 31st, 2017. The name of the event summed it up well: "Social Justice = Environmental Justice".
This year, the Tommy Douglas Institute challenged all of us to rethink our multiple connections and growing responsibilities to the natural world; to reclaim our communities and democracies from those who deny climate change and their allies; and to respect the rights of an environment that is inseparable from the rights and dignity of all its peoples.
We'll have three speeches from this event in upcoming weeks. On this podcast, we present a keynote address by Indigenous activist Clayton Thomas-Müller, discussing the relationships between the shift in climate and social movements.
Bio: Clayton Thomas-Müller is a member of the Treaty#6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, also known as Pukatawagan, located in Northern Manitoba. Based in Winnipeg, Thomas-Müller is the 'Stop it at the Source' campaigner with 350.org. For the last 15 years, he has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states organizing in hundreds of First Nations, Alaska Native and Native American communities in support of Indigenous Peoples to defend their traditional territories against the encroachment of the fossil fuel industry.
Thanks to the Tommy Douglas Institute for allowing us to record, and to Braden Alexander for helping produce this feature for rabble.ca.
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