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Peter Crownfield: Health Concerns with Artificial Turf

This post is prompted by an article in the Express-Times reporting that the Bethlehem Area School District is considering replacement of the artificial turf at Liberty HS and is also considering future installations at Freedom HS & Nitschmann MS.1 Other … more

Posted in Air, Asthma, Buildings, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Precautionary Principle, Schools & Learning, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Water & Watersheds,

Peter Crownfield: ‘Styrofoam Containers & Plastic Bags’

People in the U.S. and around the world use billions of plastic containers, utensils, & bags every year. Do we really need these ‘conveniences’? The processes of manufacturing styrene & styrene foam releases thousands of tons of ozone into the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Capitalism, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Sustainability & Business, Waste,

Peter Crownfield: ‘PennEast Pipeline – a threat to communities’

On Thursday, November 20, Nurture Nature Center held a program on ‘Pipeline Science: Environmental Considerations for Communities’. Presentations by Dr. Dru Germanoski, Professor of Geology at Lafayette College, and Mark Gallagher, consultant with Princeton Hydro, outlined the risks presented by … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Climate, Community Rights, Community Rights, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Energy, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Habitat, Pipelines, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Soil, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife,

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,

Good News (UPDATED)

Here are a few news articles that report positive developments, starting with an article by Frances Moore Lappé on why it’s important to share stories like this…. Why Sharing News About Solutions Is a Revolutionary Act | YES! Magazine Food … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Climate, Environmental Health, Food for Health, Going Local, Local Food, Media, Renewable Energy, School Food, Social Justice, Sustainable Growing,

Brecht, the Iroquois Confederacy, and You

It seems pretty obvious that we’re on a track that leads to an extremely harsh future.  Can we stop, take stock of where things are headed, and make some serious changes — before it’s too late? Can each of us … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Biodiversity, Building Community, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Conservation, Diversity & Heritage, Energy, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food for Health, GMOs - GE foods, Going Local, Green Building, Industrial Food Production, Land Use, Nonviolence, Permaculture, Precautionary Principle, Re-skilling, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Schools & Learning, Stewardship, Sustainability Education, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing,

Peter: “Evo Morales – Entering the Pacha, a new beginning”

The looming end of the Mayan long-count calendar has prompted fervid doomsday predictions on the internet, mass arrests in China, and a small tourism boom in southern Mexico. But Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, says the date is the beginning of … more

Posted in Air, Asthma, Community Rights, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Food for Health, Precautionary Principle, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Unsustainable Energy, Water & Watersheds,

Peter: ‘Are Some Children Worth More than Others?’

Do the killings at Sandy Hook school indicate a systemic problem, or are they the work of an individual with mental health problems? I think both are equally true, which means the U.S. needs much better mental health services and … more

Posted in Africa, Human Rights, Middle East, Militarism, The World, War & Peace,

Peter: “COP-Out 18 [UPDATED]“

[See updates below] Our so-called leaders from around the world seem to be incapable of taking the decisive action that is essential. (Maybe we should call it COP-OUT 18‽) Even the World Bank recently issued a report saying the consequences of world inaction … more

Posted in Climate, Fossil Fuels, Stewardship, Unsustainable Energy,

Greedheads & Natural Resources

What do coal, gold, & natural gas have in common? Or water, petroleum, & uranium? They are all natural resources that mining and other resource-extraction companies take from the ground and sell to others. It seems to be a common pattern for these … more

Posted in Community Rights, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Nuclear Power, Precautionary Principle, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health,