Episode 2: The White Man Stole the Weather

Published on 2018-08-05

Hello all

Hope you enjoyed the first instalment of our series and have been eagerly anticipating the next.

Excited to share with you this second episode, looking at the context and progress of the divestment movement. Fighting climate change might be a moral necessity but women are learning to hit vested interests where it hurts the most, in the pocket. They hear from South Africa where the anti-apartheid movement demonstrated the power of the boycott in the 80s before flipping the same tactics to the climate fight.  In the US, a wave of organised student campaigning on campuses is helping popularise the divestment movement but it was Standing Rock when indigenous women’s leadership took divestment into the big time, with billions of dollars now moving out of fossil fuels.  

EPISODE NOTES: 

This week’s Mothers of Invention are:

Yvette Abrahams (South Africa)

Yvette Abrahams has worked across climate justice, gender rights, food security, economics, indigenous plant research. Her activism began in the anti-apartheid struggle in her native South Africa.

May Boeve  (US)

May Boeve is the Executive Director of 350.org, an international movement using online campaigns, grassroots organising and mass public actions to oppose fossil fuel projects, and build 100% clean energy solutions that work for all.

Tara Houska  (First Nation, US)

Tara Houska, Ojibwe from Couchiching First Nation, is an attorney and National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth

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The Mothers of Invention team