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Climate Front Lines
35 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
Destruction of Amazon Rainforest Accelerates as Elections Loom in Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s far right president, is launching a reelection bid and currently trailing in the polls behind former president and liberal rival Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Bolsonaro and conservative lawmakers have worked to slash environmental protections and promote development of the Amazon rainforest, where deforestation appears to be accelerating as Brazil prepares for elections in October. Deforestation is a major cause of climate change and a threat to Indigenous people who are organizing to resist land grabs and toxic pollution from illegal mines. To learn more, Truthout’s Mike Ludwig interviewed Romulo Batista, a Brazilian environmental activist based in Manaus, a Brazilian city nestled in the Amazon rainforest. Music by Dan Mason.
45 minutes | Nov 18, 2021
Thermal Videos Reveal Heavy Pollution from the Texas Oil Boom
Sharon Wilson, an activist documenting the latest fracking boom in Texas, recently returned from the United Nations climate summit and was “devastated” when the final agreement did not mention any reduction in oil and gas drilling. Wilson uses a thermographic camera to capture pollution spewing from fossil fuel infrastructure in the Permian Basin, where oil production is projected to increase by 50 percent over the next decade. Mike Ludwig asks Wilson what the Permian “climate bomb” looks like up close and personal. Music by Dan Mason.
49 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Still Recovering from Ida, Louisianans Have Big Ideas for Climate Survival
Recovery from Hurricane Ida is still underway in southeast Louisiana, where the climate crisis hangs a question mark over the future. People in Louisiana are already preparing for rising seas and intensifying storms, offering models for the rest of us. So, will New Orleans be under water someday? Mike Ludwig speaks to Jessica Dandridge, Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative, to find out. Music by Dan Mason.
23 minutes | May 28, 2021
Forget the Politicians. Youth Climate Activists Want $10 Trillion for Infrastructure
As President Biden haggles with Republicans on infrastructure, youth climate activists continue pushing for the bold vision of a Green New Deal. Sunrise Movement activist Lily Gardner says Biden should forget the GOP and listen to young people, who are fired up about the prospect of a Civilian Climate Corps that would create thousands of jobs combating the climate crisis and building a sustainable future. Music by Dan Mason.
40 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
We Are Living in a Climate Emergency. Why Doesn’t Nature Have Legal Rights?
Mike Ludwig speaks with journalists Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic about their new documentary, Invisible Hand, which covers the Indigenous-led Rights of Nature movement on the front lines of the climate emergency. Music by Dan Mason.
32 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Appalachian Pipeline Blockade Ends With Arrests After 932 Days
The multi-year direct action ended last week after two protesters were arrested and jailed without bond. Music: Dan Mason
32 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Mutual Aid Means Survival in Texas as Winter Storm Collides with Housing Crisis
Fueled by warming temperatures in the Arctic, the deadly winter storm that froze much of the country last week collided with a housing crisis that has exploded during the pandemic. Despite a federal “moratorium” on evictions, activists in Dallas, Texas were already fighting to keep people in their homes before the storm hit. To learn about how people came together to survive as temperatures plunged amid deadly power outages, Truthout’s Mike Ludwig spoke with Cooper Feste, an organizer with a local tenants’ union called Dallas Stops Evictions. Music by Dan Mason.
30 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Biden’s First Climate Actions Are a Result of Years of Indigenous Activism
Indigenous activists emerged as leaders of a climate movement that put increasing pressure on Joe Biden, who revoked a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline shortly after becoming president. So, what happens next? Mike Ludwig speaks with Jade Begay, the Climate Justice Director of NDN Collective, an Indigenous led-organization building Indigenous power by working with front line activists. Music: Dan Mason
15 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
To Protect Great Lakes, Michigan Tribes Oppose Enbridge Line 5 Pipelines
Mike Ludwig talks to Whitney Gravelle, an attorney for the Bay Mills Indian Community, about the fight against Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline. Music: Dan Mason
41 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
A Record Year for Hurricanes Exposes Racial Disparities on the Gulf Coast
After another record-breaking hurricane season, environmental justice activist Hilton Kelley discusses deeply rooted racial disparities complicating disaster relief on the Gulf Coast. Mike Ludwig reports on Hurricane Zeta from New Orleans. Music: Dan Mason
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