Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fwd: Climate Wars: Feb 26 in Bellingham

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From: Robin Everett, Sierra Club <>
Date: Sat, Feb 22, 2014 at 3:41 PM
Subject: Climate Wars: Feb 26 in Bellingham

Christian Parenti visits Whatcom County on Wednesday to talk about the violence Climate Change is causing across the World. -RMF

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Dear Ryan,
Hear journalist Christian Parenti talk about his first-hand reporting on the violence and choas climate change is causing

Christian Parenti Tropic of Chaos
From Africa to Asia and Latin America, the era of climate wars has begun. Extreme weather and climate disruption are breeding banditry, humanitarian crisis, and state failure.
Drawing on his recent book "Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence," and recent travels in the Global South, Christian Parenti will discuss the intersection between war and climate change and what can be done about it.
RSVP to hear Christian Parenti talk about the violence climate change is wreaking and how we can stop it.
Here are the details:
WHO: Christian Parenti, friends, family, neighbors, and you!
WHAT: "Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence"
WHEN: Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225 [Map]
Questions: Contact Robin Everett at
In "Tropic of Chaos," Parenti travels along the front lines of this gathering catastrophe -- the belt of economically and politically battered postcolonial nations and war zones girding the planet's midlatitudes. Here he finds failed states amid climatic disasters. But he also reveals the unsettling presence of Western military forces and explains how they see an opportunity in the crisis to prepare for open-ended global counterinsurgency.
Parenti argues that this incipient "climate fascism"--a political hardening of wealthy states-- is bound to fail. The struggling states of the developing world cannot be allowed to collapse, as they will take other nations down as well. Instead, we must work to meet the challenge of climate-driven violence with a very different set of sustainable economic and development policies.
Christian Parenti is a Professor in Sustainable Development at The School for International Training Graduate Institute. As a journalist, he has reported extensively from Afghanistan , Iraq , and various parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America . His articles have appeared in Fortune, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Middle East Report, London Review of Books, Mother Jones, and The Nation (where he is a contributing editor).
You don't want to miss out on this special occasion. RSVP now.
Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,

Robin Everett
Beyond Coal Campaign
Sierra Club

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