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Dan Poresky: “Wanted: People hot over climate change”

I’ve got an out-of-the-box idea for how to mobilize public opinion to force congress to get serious about climate change. I’m looking for a few collaborators to develop the idea and then, working together (with the same or new people), … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Boycotts, Climate, Energy, Media, Political Economy, Sustainability & Business,

Bruce Wilson: ‘Thoughts on the election & . . .

. . . on leading the public into emergency mode: a new strategy for the climate movement.’ It has been hard to voice what is going on inside my head since the election. To just do my job at work … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Climate, Community – Empowerment,

Suzie Hall Rosse: ‘Standing Rock Protector statements’

Suzie Hall Rosse, posted in Lehigh Valley Activism Network on November 27, 2016: Today I saw a video of some representatives of the many tribes taking part in Standing Rock Water Protection. The day before yesterday, Friday, a letter was … more

Posted in Community – Empowerment, Community Rights, Environment & Ecosystems, Human Rights, Indigenous People, People Power v. State Power, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, The Americas,

Diane Husic: Preparing for Lima – COP20

by Diane Husic, Professor of Biology at Moravian College On December 1st, the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) will commence in Lima, Peru to continue attempts to draft a global treaty on climate change. It has been 25 years … more

Posted in Biodiversity, Climate, Climate, Community Rights, Community Rights, Demand Reduction, Environmental Justice, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Unsustainable Energy,

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

‘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,

James Orben: ‘PennEast Pipeline: Coming to a Watershed Near You?’

The PennEast high pressure natural gas pipeline is planned to follow a 105-mile route beginning in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, and continuing through Carbon, Northampton, and Bucks Counties. The pipeline is planned to cross the Susquehanna River in Luzerne County, the … more

Posted in Decentralization,

‘Open Letter to Bethlehem’s Historic Conservation Commission’

To whom it may concern: I am concerned by the willingness of the Historic Conservation Commission to approve development that is not appropriate for SouthSide Bethlehem. This letter is prompted by proposals to build in the area bounded by Third, … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Adaptive Reuse, Building Community, Buildings, Climate, Demand Reduction, Energy, Historic Preservation, Land Use, Renewable Energy, Sustainability & Business, Sustainable Living,

Mark Smallwood: ‘It starts with the soil’

Building healthy soil can reverse climate change. We’ve noticed something significant. Reports on climate change from international organizations to agricultural research stations alike have suddenly changed direction. Dire warnings and costly initiatives for slowing it down have given way to … more

Posted in Agriculture, Climate, Rethinking…, Soil, | Tagged ,

Kevin Easterling: ‘Lehigh Valley King Memorial’

Saturday, May 17th 2014, marked the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling that called for the end of segregation in our public schools. Many feel we have not come far enough toward this … more

Posted in Building Community, Community – Empowerment, Discrimination, Minority Rights, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Youth Development, | Tagged ,