SFUAD is at a crossroads. We can push forward quickly and miss an opportunity to address gentrification and inequity in Santa Fe, or we can do something special. Let’s do something special. Plus more on NYT’s Planet Issue.
Yesterday, I posted about today’s City Council meeting today, but the time I had been given for the meeting was not correct. The correct time is 7pm tonight. Below I provide the call to action from our ally, Chainbreaker Collective. It does an excellent job of framing how important today’s decision is.
This is one of those times when it is essential for YOU to move beyond being frustrated and angry at the direction of our nation, state and city and taking some time to take action for equity. Please read on and act TODAY.
Human Nature or Capitalist Greed. Just a quick note on Monday’s blog. I referenced the NYT’s Sunday magazine’s article about Losing the Planet. While excellent in many ways and both a timely and important clarion call (I should say yet another call), as Naomi Klein very clearly delineated in a response to Nathaniel Rich’s NYT piece, the reason we have failed to implement necessary changes to address climate change is NOT human nature. Nathaniel Rich posited that it was human nature and human’s inability to address immediate conditions when they require sacrifice and that it is human nature to put off sacrifice for today and leave it to other future generations to make the sacrifice.
As Klein points out, Rich draws this conclusion without any other examples of human nature having this propensity and entirely ignores how indigenous populations for centuries lived in harmony with the earth, respecting the need to nourish it and live in balance. She also points out that the real reason we failed to heed the call of scientists in the 1980s is that our burgeoning understanding of the implications of climate change coincided precisely with the explosive growth of globalization, neo-liberalism and the spawning of a capitalist drive to control government and the media, all in the quest for immediate short-term profits at any cost to the planet. The oligarchy initiated a multilateral strategy to undermine science, to subvert possible binding international agreements and to promote pro corporatist policies and treaties such as the Canadian Trade Agreement and NAFTA to handcuff any and all efforts to respond to climate change.
Who is really to blame has much to say about how we move forward. If, as Rich suggests, it is human nature to blame, then perhaps the planet is already lost, as it is unlikely we can re-engineer human nature in the time we may have. But if the problem is capitalism then we can find hope in the array of anti-capitalist movements spreading internationally.
I will provide excerpts and go more deeply into Klein’s article in a future blog, but if you want to read an excellent piece, click here.
Expand Outreach & Input on Santa Fe University of Art & Design. City Council Decision Time. Wed. Aug 8, 7:00pm. City Hall. 200 Johnson St. TODAY!! Call/Email Today. Attend Tonight
Contact Information. Even if you can’t make the meeting on Wednesday, calls and emails will have an impact.
Below is contact information on all the City Council members and our Mayor.
Mayor Alan Webber: (505) 955-6590. firstname.lastname@example.org
- District 1.
- District 2.
- Carol Romero-Wirth, (505) 955-6815. email@example.com
- Peter Ives, District 2 Councilor, (505) 955-6816, firstname.lastname@example.org
- District 3
- District 4
Join us at City Council and pack the room in support of these amendments and for equitable planning in Santa Fe!