Recently, hundreds of thousands of people marched for climate justice. The science is clear that climate change is here and is happening at a more rapid rate than was expected. The United States is the world’s largest economy and military, and while we have some of the best climate scientists in the world, we lack governments at every level that are willing to take necessary steps to address the crisis. We speak with climate scientist, Ben Horton, about the state of the climate crisis and what we need to do to solve it. And we speak with Lee Stewart of Beyond Extreme Energy about their extraordinary work to take on the Rubber Stamp Machine for the fossil fuel industry.
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Dr. Ben Horton is a Professor at the Department of Marine and Coastal Science of Rutgers University. He has previously held academic positions at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, University of Pennsylvania, USA and Durham University, UK. He collected is graduate and undergraduate degrees from Durham University and University of Liverpool, respectively.
Lee Stewart is an organizer with Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE), a direct action oriented network that focuses on eliminating extreme forms of energy and energy infrastructure such as fracking, fracked gas pipelines, compressor stations, and export terminals. Lee is from Loudoun County, Virginia where he helped form a local climate group he still works with today–350 Loudoun. He also works with an organization called We Are Cove Point which is fighting to stop construction of a gas export facility Dominion is building on the Chesapeake. Aside from organizing, Lee likes to read and is learning to play Irish fiddle. To learn more about what Lee does with BXE and to support his work through their community supported organizer (CSO) program, please click here.