The How We Survive podcast tackles the relationship between lithium and climate change
“The climate crisis is here. The western United States is burning; much of the northeast is under water after a hurricane; cities across Europe are being swept away by massive floods. Time is running out to stop the worst effects of a warming planet, and the world is looking for solutions.” – from the How We Survive podcast.
how we survive is a new podcast from Marketthe flagship public radio program that investigates the vagaries, contradictions and impacts of capitalist economic culture without necessarily critiquing capitalism as an ideology or set of economic policies.
how we survive ad, “The climate crisis is here.” For many people, the “climate crisis” had already been there for decades, perhaps “since the arrival of the predators” in 1492.
How important is it to recognize the existence of man-made climate disasters, especially business development models based on exploitative and profit-oriented values and morals, in Market? Is there any meaning? Suppose capitalism as an economic system of policies and laws and an ideological stance on the effectiveness of those policies and regulations is a cause of climate catastrophe. How can more capitalism be the answer? The politics of cause and effect.
You decide (obviously).
“Hosted by Molly Wood, ‘How We Survive’ explores the technology that could provide some of these solutions, the activity of acclimatization to an increasingly inhospitable environment planet, and how people need to change if we are to succeed in a changed world.
Electrification is one of the simplest solutions to rid the planet of carbon-emitting fossil fuels: our cars, our power grids, our homes and our businesses. There is only one catch. Electrification relies on batteries, and many batteries require a metal called lithium. The need for lithium is driving a modern gold rush for the metal that could help save the world, but it relies on an old and dirty technology: mining.
And just like the gold rush of the 1800s, the “white gold” rush, as it is called, involved a lot of human conflict and drama: radical environmentalists hoping to destroy industrial civilization, rivalries corporations so fierce that a CEO was dragged off a plane, and natives who say they will sacrifice their lives to prevent the construction of a mine.”
It’s amazing how the experts always say “people need to change” but never talk about the historical legacy of the ideologies and belief systems of those in power creating the laws and policies that justify the hoarding of wealth, accumulation through dispossession and ecocide, policies often imposed by a “shock doctrine” of political violence, all in the name of an abstract notion of freedom and democracy.