This weeks show: Part 1
Helen Caldicott is an Australian physician author, and anti nuclear activist. She led campaigns against nuclear power and nuclear weapons, nuclear testing and radiation from uranium weapons and mining to nuclear waste.
The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War invited Dr. Helen Caldicott to speak at their September 2017 conference in Basel, Switzerland.
At that conference she expressed her grave concern about Donald Trump’s extraordinary messages against North Korea, threatening fire and fury and total annihilation.
And she is not alone with her concern. As I am recording this introduction on November 14, 2017, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is holding a public hearing on President Trump’s unlimited authority to deploy nuclear weapons. It’s the first time the Senate has examined the nuclear launch process in more than 40 years.
In August of this year listeners to NPR asked if Donald Trump can just launch nuclear weapons via the nuclear code that he has access to at all times. Here is a quote from the answer by Senior News Analyst Cokie Roberts. (Thanks to NPR – the clip aired on August 8, 2017.)
And thanks to The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in Basel, Switzerland for the audio recording of this talk, made on September 14, 2017.
Summary: Local Futures, also known as Economics of Happiness, is an organization founded by Helena Norberg Hodge. They are pioneers of the new economy movement, that is dedicated to the renewal of community, ecological health and local economies world wide.
In July 2017 Helena Norberg Hodge spoke at Schumacher College in England. She began her Earth Talk by recalling the experience that changed her life, her visit to the remote region of Ladakh, in northern India. Ladakh had escaped colonial domination until the late 1970. In 1975 Helena Norberg Hodge found an almost intact traditional culture. But by the late 1980s Ladakhi culture had been dramatically changed and many of their values destroyed – not by war or slavery but by the introduction of globalized trade and consumerism.
Recorded on July 26, 2017
Helena Norberg Hodge is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award. Her book Ancient Futures describes the Ladakh experience and has been translated into more than 35 languages. She is the producer of the award-winning documentary The Economics of Happiness and director of Local Futures and the International Alliance for Localization (IAL)
Credits: Thanks to Schumacher College for this audio recording