WINTON HIGGINS,ALBERT CAMUS AND POPE FRANCIS
Le Chambon and how not to be a bystander in the climate emergency.
Music by KAVISHA MAZZELLA with her new album Empty Sky.
Interview by Vivien Langford
Production by Andy Britt, Michaela Stubbs and Raoul Hernandez
Winton Higgins is a distinguished writer, Secular Buddhist teacher and Holocaust scholar. He tells us the story of Le Chambon. In 1940 the writer Camus was sent there for his TB but while writing The Plague, he observed a conspiracy of goodness. The community was committed to saving the lives of many Jewish people and helping them escape to Switzerland.
As plague force global emissions in our time are temporarily lessened by flights,cruises and industry being locked down for the pandemic, many are re reading The Plague. Winton discusses the novel with Vivien in terms of what strength we can draw from it as we face the truth of the climate emergency in our generation.
He also looks at Laudato Si! by Pope Francis to learn how not to displace our moral responsibility... How to be citizens rather than consumers.
Naomi Klein warned us in Shock Doctrine,that predatory money will turbo charge the recovery if we let it. Damaging the biosphere will continue to be seen as a necessary trade off as workers are engaged in emissions intensive projects.
Meanwhile,BZE has plans for One Million Jobs and Zero Emissions Communities that embody a clear understanding of the climate emergency we are facing.
This discussion is full of practical ideas although it is more philosophical than usual.Please pass the podcast on to friends.
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Friday May 15th Join the Schoolstrike4climate from 4pm til 8pm. It's interactive,It's online and we are all needed in support. Don't be a bystander just because we are locked down.Check out their website for the zoom link.
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