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The Spotted Owl or: How the Right Won the Working Class

By staff - Cited, November 17, 2017

Judi Bari’s effort to ally forest workers and environmentalists could have changed the course of climate activism forever. Could her parable help us today? 

Cited teams up with Dissent’s Hot and Bothered podcast and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions to tell the story of tree spiking, a Texas millionaire, and the Northern Spotted Owl.

In this hour we look at the jobs vs. environment problem and explore how forest management might be able to mitigate climate change on a massive scale. with documentary filmmaker Mary Liz Thomson, University of Oregon sociology professor John Bellamy Foster, and independent forester Herb Hammond.

Listen to the podcast here.

Bibliography

Bellamy Foster, John. “The Limits of Environmentalism Without Class: Lessons from the Ancient Forest Crisis of the Pacific Northwest,” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, vol. 4, no. 1 (March 1993), pp. 11-41.

Who Bombed Judi Bari? Directed by Mary Liz Thomson. Hokey Pokey Productions, 2012.

Hammond, Herb. “Good Jobs require Healthy Ecosystems and Healthy Communities” 21 November 2014. Unpublished Conference Paper. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-BC. 2017. Web.

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to Mary Liz Thomson for letting us use clips from her documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari? 

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