Welcome to CFUV’s Victoria Day extravaganza, wherein we provide wall to wall coverage of most things Victoria.
Along with the age-old concept of consumer and other forms of economic boycotts, divestment is a new strategy being employed to change what is perceived to be the negative social and environmental activities of corporations, countries, and individuals.
The most famous of these is the BDS, or Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign being waged to contain some of Israel’s more excessive human rights abuses, but there is too a growing fossil fuel divestment movement.
Beginning with churches, and on campuses in the United States, fossil fuel divestment has made headlines in local papers recently.
Right here, on the campus of the University of Victoria, 160 faculty members went public last month with their demand that the University disinvest the monies of its considerable endowment fund from those businesses doing business to the detriment of the global environment.
Carol Linnitt is Managing Editor and Director of Research for DeSmog Canada, where she published the article, ‘160 Faculty Members Join Call for Fossil Fuel Divestment at B.C.’s University of Victoria.’
DeSmog is an organization dedicated to, quote: “clear[ing] the PR pollution that is preventing us from having sensible public conversations about critical issues around the environment, social justice and the economy.”
Carol is currently a doctoral candidate at UVic’s English and Cultural, Social and Political Thought programs, where she hopes to add a Ph.D to an already accomplished academic career that includes Master’s degrees in English Literature, (while studying political theory, natural resource conflicts and Aboriginal rights) and in Philosophy, the latter with a special focus on phenomenology and environmental ethics, at York.
Carol Linnitt in the first half.
And; Victoria is also known as the “Garden City,” but by this other name we do not always smell as sweet as we may like. The ongoing sewage treatment debate seems almost as old as the mountains surrounding us, but before rushing to judgement, my guest in the second half begs we delay a little while longer to look at what he, and his growing organization of supporters, see as the RITE plan for Victoria’s current and future sewage treatment needs.
Richard Atwell is the director of STAG, or the Sewage Treatment Action Group, a collection of citizens promoting the R-I-T-E solution for our daily pollution; one that is: Respectful of communities; uses Innovative technologies; is Taxpayer friendly; and, Environmentally sound.
Richard Atwell looking for the right solution in the second half.
And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV Radio broadcaster Janine Bandcroft has provided Gorilla Radio with the skinny on what’s good going on on Victoria’s streets and beyond for many years now. It’s ironic then that today, on the single day of the year bearing the honorific of the city’s name, she should be reporting from outside the city; but she will never-the-less be joining us at the bottom of the hour to bring us the newz.
But first, Carol Linnitt and Divestment: the movement seeking not to follow, but lead the money.
Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Monday, 5-6pm Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.uvic.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/
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