January/February 2019 Newsletter
By Robert Perry, Director of Energy Research
“For the world is changing: I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth, and I smell it in the air.” – Treebeard, from The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien.
For many, 2018’s seemingly endless succession of hurricanes, wildfires, and torrential storms, combined with the latest IPCC climate assessment giving humanity a 12-year deadline made it the year we finally “got it”. We now know there is no more time to contemplate, argue or debate about climate change. We must empower communities across the nation and the globe to develop action plans NOW.
The huge response to our February 19th Global Citizens Club (GCC) meeting was extremely gratifying, with over 200 people from the community turning out to learn more about effectively fighting climate change from a diverse panel of experts and activists. Read more.
In January we began broadcasting a new weekly radio talk show called “Solutions News”. Hosted by Rinaldo, each broadcast features spirited and informative discussions concerning solutions to local, national and global problems.
If you missed any of the live broadcasts, you can find recordings of past shows by visiting the Archives page on the solutionsnews.org website.
We are excited to welcome tomorrow’s guest: Arielle Ford
Arielle Ford is a love and relationship expert and a leading personality in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. For the past 25 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting consciousness through all forms of media. She is a, speaker, blogger for the Huffington Post and the producer and host of Evolving Wisdom’s Art of Love series. Read full bio here.
New Business Paradigms
Economic, Political, and Climate
Literacy for 2019 and Beyond
It’s time for a different compact between Business and Society
Recorded on February 23, 2019
On this episode of New Business Paradigms Rinaldo and Kristy focus on improving literacy in finance, politics, and climate change. The American economy appears to be booming, but this isn’t supported by a number of classic economic indicators and more importantly, consumers are beginning to feel consequences of tightening markets and an economy rife with inequality. Rinaldo explains this apparent paradox by analyzing Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder letter and explaining the concept of a stock buyback. Then the show shifts focus towards a conversation about political ‘isms’ and so-called “social programs” in the United States. We go on to discuss the great potential of the “Green New Deal” and repercussions from the increasing rate of climate change. Amazon’s departure from New York in search of a new location for a second headquarters is also mentioned briefly.