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Episode 2 — Against the Doomsday Clock
In this episode we talk with two organizers from the German climate movement. We focus on their struggle to save the planet and their fight against a pending doomsday clock. For those that don’t know, the Doomsday Clock was a Cold War symbolic representation of the likelihood of human-made catastrophe, used to represent the state of affairs between Moscow and Washington D.C. Since then, the Doomsday Clock has been repurposed to symbolize the relationship between capitalist society and nature.
The Clock is an apt symbol to talk about the big problem facing the climate movement today. That is, on the one hand, developing popular force and organization takes on time. Spadework — the podcast’s name — refers to civil rights organizer Ella Baker’s conceptualization of organizing as the long and difficult preparatory agricultural labor of digging, seeding, irrigating and mending that makes a harvest possible.
And yet, we are actually running out of time. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we have until 2030 — just nine years — to diminish emissions by 45 percent and reach net zero by 2050 in order to avert utter ecological catastrophe.
Kim Solievna is a climate activist from Berlin and a spokesperson for Ende Gelände, a climate justice alliance that fights against coal mining and for carbon emission decreases. Kim was most recently involved in a struggle against the opening of a coal energy plant earlier this year.
Katharina Stierl is a nurse and a union activist, who became a member of Fridays for Future during her studies and currently works on the climate campaign of Ver.di, the German service-workers’ union, aiming to connect climate and union activists in a meaningful way.
For more info on Ende Gelände’s organizing strategies, read here.
Source URL — https://roarmag.org/2021/01/20/spadework-against-the-doomsday-clock/