Author Archives: pkc

PennEast Pipeline – Considerations for Communities

PennEast is a high-volume, high-pressure pipeline designed to transport natural gas from the fracking fields of northern PA through the Lehigh Valley and on to markets in other areas [perhaps overseas]. As with any major construction project, impacts on natural resources … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Air, Community Rights, Conservation, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Habitat, Land Use, Pipelines, Precautionary Principle, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Soil, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Evin Epstein: Don’t discount Karen Dolan’s contributions

Don’t discount Karen Dolan’s political, ecological contributions by Evin Epstein The political entanglements surrounding former Bethlehem City Councilwoman Karen Dolan have for some become a juicy, tempting story to follow. Following the recent release of a Northampton County grand jury … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Biodiversity, Building Community, Climate, Conservation, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Green Building, Justice System, Land Use, Native Plants, Renewable Energy, Stewardship, Sustainability Education, Water & Watersheds, Women's Rights |

Regenerative Organic Agriculture Reverses Climate Change!

The following is the executive summary from Rodale Institute’s white paper titled ‘Regenerative Organic Agriculture and Climate Change: A Down-to-Earth Solution to Global Warming’: We are at the most critical moment in the history of our species, as manmade changes … more

Posted in Agriculture, Biodiversity, Climate, Climate, Composting, Demand Reduction, Energy, Environmental Health, Farmers, Food, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Industrial Food Production, Land Use, Permaculture, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainable Growing, Water & Watersheds |

Peter Crownfield: ‘Bethlehem City Council ignores people and the law’

I am appalled at the actions of Bethlehem’s administration and city council. At Wednesday’s meeting, the council ignored the passionate pleas of residents, business owners, and community revitalization experts — and they even ignored the advice of their own solicitor. … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Historic Preservation, Local Businesses, Quality of Life, The Commons |

Disruption of Ecology & Health

The current system is based primarily on economic factors, and the impacts on ecological systems & environmental health externalized (excluded from the economic costs). Endocrine Disruptors

The best argument can’t always win

by Sarabeth Brockley But does arguing at least get us somewhere? To test this, a group of students at Lehigh University staged an information stake-out in the center of the campus on Friday night with an objective: invite their peers … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Climate, Climate, Environmental Justice, Stewardship |

William Rivers Pitt, via pkc: ‘The Lost, Lingering Legacy of RFK’

I remember when Bobby Kennedy was assassinated, and it was another dark moment in 1968, following the assassination of MLK a couple of months earlier. Much of the hope he inspired has been laid to waste. Some of you who … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Discrimination, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Minority Rights, Nonviolence, Poverty, Resilience, Social Justice |

Resources on Action Research

Thanks to Moravian College students Brianne Schoolcraft ’15 & Christopher Ossont ’15 for compiling these resources! Action Research infed.org/mobi/action-research/ This page offers a helpful look at the definition and origin of Action Research, as well as an overview of the … more

Posted in Community – Empowerment, Democratic Education, Re-skilling, Rethinking…, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Sustainability Education |

‘April’, by Sarah Mantz

In 1994, this poem by Sarah Mantz, then a sophomore at Salisbury High School, was selected as a winner in an Earth Day writing contest sponsored by the Lehigh County Office of Solid Waste Management. (Her winning poem was also … more

Posted in Air, Arts & Culture, Climate, Conservation, Habitat, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

Essays from Sustainable Lehigh Valley 2014

Climate Action, Structure, Power , by Martin Boksenbaum Creating a Local Climate for Community Conversation and Action, 
by Diane Husic The Legal Alien, 
by Ida Halleröd Sharing My Grandfather’s Tale, 
by Dick Lane Empowerment and Engagement for Sustainability and Climate … more