Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Action Forum Video - Recorded from Woodbridge, NJ 11/04/09

Berkeley's Middlesex Campus hosted the second Climate Action Forum on Wednesday, November 4, during the student activity period.


  1. Is this forum still on?

  2. Professor Brown makes an extremely important point discussing the responsibility of "developing" nations in environmental issues: so-called "developed" nations have become developed AT THE EXPENSE of "under-developed" nations.

    Much of the Western world's ability to invest in environmentalism, in cleanup, and in cleaner (read more expensive) manufacturing, etc. come from the enormous capital that was taken from these other countries, often by force and with little in return. Because of this, we cannot hold "developing" or "underdeveloped" nations as responsible as developed nations.

    Much of the damage already done to the environment was a result of Western industrialization. The capital, technology, and investment required to correct this damage is monopolized by these same nations. It is then neccesary for these Western nations, especially the U.S., to invest heavily in aiding developing nations to create clean industry.

    It is unfortunate that Professor Brown later sustains the urban legend that KFC serves "cloned" chickens with no bones/talons/feathers. This is a widespread falsehood that has been denied by KFC and the US FDA. Most KFC chicken is grown by Tyson Chicken. I think this lapse undermines the strength of her other, historical points.

  3. Thank you for the correction regarding the KFC urban legend. The information was given to me by a member of the University of Louisville debatge squad, which specialized in policy debate and was actively involved in debate on development issues. While I take responsibility for the error, I had no reason to question the reliability of the source; the squad had developed an impressive corpus of researched materials and was doing extremely well on the debate circuit.

    This all goes to emphasize the importance of verifying resources. There are enough real issues to address in the current ecological crisis; none of us needs "help" from people who feed their egos by creating problems that do not exist (at least not as yet . . . }.

    Joy Browne, Ph.D.