Svend Robinson: 'People and the Planet before Profits'

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Svend Robinson. Photo: Michael Tseng. Used with permission.

Not too many years ago, the idea that capitalism is causing the devastation of the planet would have been dismissed by many as fear mongering from the fringes. Times are changing -- larger numbers of people are now starting to make the connection between the corporate bottom line and the devastation of the planet. Corporations need people to keep on consuming for their profits to grow. And to reverse the effects of climate change, that philosophy cannot continue to stand.

Today's talk by Svend Robinson explores that theme. He spoke at an event at Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver on April 24, 2019. Most of our long time readers don’t need to be reminded about who Svend Robinson is. But we've had many new listeners and readers to rabble since 2004 when he retired after serving as federal NDP MP for Burnaby for 25 years. He was one of the longest serving members of Parliament, having been elected for seven consecutive terms. You'll hear Svend Robinson's name a lot more in the weeks to come -- he is now out of retirement and running as the NDP candidate for Burnaby North-Seymour.

In this talk, "People and the Planet before Profit," Svend Robinson discusses how capitalism is killing our planet and creating obscene levels of inequality, and why the October 21 federal election may be our last chance to change course. He spoke about the climate crisis, the failure of the market to respond to the fundamental right to housing, the threat of the populist neo-liberal right, and how political leaders should respond to these crises.

Land acknowledgement: This talk took place on Unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Musqueam, Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-ulh) and Tsleil-Waututh (SLAY-ul WA-tooth) peoples.

Recording: thanks to Tania Ehret

Photo: Michael Tseng. Used with permission.

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