US Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative: Webinar May 3rd, 2 – 4 PM

by Duane Nichols on May 2, 2016

Dr. Betsy Taylor, Scientist

U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) Webinar May 3, 2016:

Everyone is welcome to participate in this webinar from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the first annual report of the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI):

This is a multistakeholder initiative, coordinated out of the U.S. Department of the Interior by a steering committee with representatives from Civil Society, Government, and Industry.

To access the webinar, you can dial in at 1-210-839-8953 or toll free at 1-888-455-2910.  Use Participant Passcode 7741096. The Live Conference Meeting Number is PW7731332. That Participant Passcode is also 7741096. The Live Meeting Net Conference Access is at:

Dr. Betsy Taylor, an anthropologist who has lived in West Virginia, is a Civil Society representative on this commission. She is well known to the Community Coalition for Social Justice in Morgantown, WV.

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Recovering the Commons:  Scholars on the Climate Justice Frontlines

From THE BLOG by Jeff Biggers, May 25, 2011

Standing at the now infamous 7,500-acre mountaintop removal mine on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia, long-time scholars and activists Herb Reid and Betsy Taylor did not only experience the tragedy of the “bizarre postbiotic, post-industrial landscape.”

They witnessed a “global pilgrimage site,” where activists from around the nation and the world converged to exchange “tales, feelings, and pathways of a distinctively twenty-first-century-sort.” The conversations taking place within the background of environmental destruction served as a crossroads for the Kentucky and Virginia-based scholars.

“We believe that if there is hope for our species,” Reid and Taylor write in their provocative new book, Recovering the Commons: Democracy, Place, and Global Justice, “It is in the hard thinking taking place at crossroads like this.”

With the climate justice movement floundering after the collapse of the Copenhagen talks and the legislative debacle in Congress, Recovering the Commons is a timely and critical analysis on civic activism and how social theory and theorists—from academics to armchair environmental activists—must come down to the grassroots frontlines to strengthen any conversations for the re-emergence of a new climate movement.

The authors ask: “How are we to weave and reweave democratic spaces for seeking a tapestry of global justice and a more sustainable world?”

In a critical review of American history and politics, Recovering the Commons offers “a rethinking of ideas of public space and democratic intelligence associated with social theorists such as Hannah Arendt and John Dewey. At the same time, we critically review American history and politics to emphasize key notions of commonwealth, competency, and liberty relevant to revitalizing the commons in both its civic and environmental aspects. Truly public spaces are built from this earth-ground.”

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Copenhagen to Divest From Fossil Fuel

From an Article by Climate Nexus, April 27, 2016

Copenhagen‘s mayor announced plans to shed coal, oil and gas from the city’s 6.9bn kroner ($1.1 billion) investment fund.

This will make Copenhagen the country’s first investment fund to divest. The proposal is widely expected to be approved at a finance committee meeting next Tuesday. There is no decision yet on where the city would reinvest its funds.

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