09/26/2013 12:42 pm ET Updated Nov 26, 2013

Saving the Earth From Ourselves

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Right now, the government of Russia is holding in custody the Arctic Sunrise, a ship crewed by 30 environmental activists from Greenpeace International. They attempted to board a Russian offshore oil platform to demonstrate against drilling for fossil fuels in the fragile Arctic environment. Their protest, which may lead to charges of piracy, comes at the same time as news that not so long from now -- by mid-century or even sooner -- summer in the Arctic Ocean will be ice free. Since 1980, the Arctic already has lost around forty percent of its sea ice cover and that is having a huge effect on climates around the globe.

Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo joins Moyers & Company this week to discuss the politics of climate change and the urgency of environmental activism.

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