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As people around the world prepare to converge on New York City for the People’s Climate March, there seem to be more reasons than ever to despair about climate change, but perhaps also more reason than usual to be optimistic. Issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, superstorm Sandy, and California droughts have seeped into the public consciousness and shown how massive economic inequality overlaps with environmental devastation. But in the face of impending climate catastrophe, is real economic and environmental sustainability still achievable? And how do you tackle capitalism and climate change simultaneously? Belabored, in its first ever live recording at 61 Local in Brooklyn, speaks with two activists on the front lines of both the labor movement and the climate change policy debate about how society can deal with climate change in a way that protects both workers and the environment.
Nastaran Mohit, a New York City-based organizer and activist, discusses how the experience of Superstorm Sandy and its economic aftermath provide vital lessons for both the labor and environmental movements. Lara Skinner, Associate Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell, speaks about her work on labor unions, sustainability and economic alternatives.
Special thanks to 61 Local for hosting us, and to our wonderful audience.
Conversation with with Lara Skinner and Nastaran Mohit
Reports by Lara Skinner and Sean Sweeney at the Cornell Worker Institute:
Nastaran Mohit on The Real News:
New Yorkers: Catch Nastaran Mohit and international guests tonight, Friday, September 19, at the opening plenary of the NYC Climate Convergence (St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, 7 p.m.).