Subhankar Banerjee

Subhankar Banerjee
Subhankar Banerjee is an activist, artist, and public scholar. A professor of art and ecology, he holds the Lannan Chair at the University of New Mexico. He is currently writing a book on biological annihilation.

 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
“Another Kind of Fukushima?” asks Whistleblower Robert Gilkeson
No, I didn’t make up the whistleblower title for Registered Geologist Robert (Bob) H. Gilkeson. For his important work on groundwater contamination at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, in 2007 he received the annual “Whistleblower Award” from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability at a Washington, D.C. reception.
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Friday, July 01, 2011
Las Conchas Fire Woke Us Up—Let Us Now Stop The Plutonium Bomb Factory
The Las Conchas Fire in New Mexico is still burning. It is rapidly growing by the day. On June 29, I did a phone interview with Jay Coghlan, executive director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico and his colleague Scott Kovac; and sit down conversation with Marian Naranjo, a prominent native American elder and activist from the Santa Clara Pueblo and Joni Arends, executive director of Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety. As you’ll see, the Las Conchas Fire has woken us up.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
New Mexico Is Burning With Potential For Nuclear Contamination
My home state, New Mexico is right now burning dangerously with the Las Conchas Fire. And, we have the potential for nuclear contamination. Here is a report from home.
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Thursday, June 16, 2011
Who Is Tim DeChristopher?
Often we focus on a single act—more heroic the act is, more attention we pay. We also focus on a single result—more it tends toward either end of a good–bad spectrum, more attention we pay. Along the way, we skip the journey that led to the act or realize that the result is only a small stop on a long journey. Such is the story of young climate justice activist Tim DeChristopher, who is without a doubt a lighting rod of his generation.
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Friday, March 11, 2011
Tim DeChristopher Showed Us 'We Must Act', Let's Not Let Him Down
Exactly a week ago on March 3, young climate change activist Tim DeChristopher was convicted for disrupting oil and gas lease sales on public lands in southern Utah. He is an international celebrity right now.
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Monday, March 07, 2011
India Must Free Binayak Sen Immediately
In 1970 Howard Zinn began his now–famous speech “The Problem is Civil Obedience” with these words: “I start from the supposition that the world is topsy–turvy, that things are all wrong, that the wrong people are in jail and the wrong people are out of jail, that the wrong people are in power and the wrong people are out of power, that the wealth is distributed in this country and the world in such a way as not simply to require small reform but to require a
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Monday, February 21, 2011
Earth Activism: What We Don’t Want
Recently I watched an old Bollywood classic Sholay during a long flight to India to see my ailing parents. I’ve seen this film before, but this time the familiar macho–masala plot with song–and–dance entertainment helped me think about climate change activism afresh. Retired policeman Thakur Baldev Singh wants to end the tyranny of notorious dacoit Gabbar Singh. Thakur hires two small–time but infamous thieves Jai and Veeru to accomplish his wish.
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Thursday, February 10, 2011
From Toilet to Planet: A Brief Journey of Survival
Today Representative Darrell Issa (R–California), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is starting a series of hearings to deregulate the US. Before I get to his initiative I’d like to say a few words about climate change deniers.
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Friday, February 04, 2011
Extreme Weather Report From Home: The Thong Will Drop
People across half of the US just experienced unprecedented cold, snow and ice brought in by a record setting winter storm. Climate deniers have been wondering, we thought it's gonna be warm with global warming, so why is it so cold? The climate scientists on the other hand have been pointing out that as the Arctic warms we’ll experience more frequent and severe intensity winter storms with colder temperatures and more snow—all due to human–made climate change.
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Monday, December 06, 2010
After The Arctic Spill—Shell, Palin and Obama
I’ll tell you a fictional story ‘After The Arctic Spill,’ but first some announcements from the real world. Last week was filled with news about offshore oil drilling in the U.S. and it came in all flavors—“the good, the bad, the ugly.”
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