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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,

Charter Schools: Myth & Reality

Twenty years ago, the charter school was born as an innovative strategy to reinvigorate and enrich public education. Dr. Gary Miron of Western Michigan University is quoted as saying, ‘Groups of teachers and administrators who wanted to innovate and try new … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Community Rights, Privatization, Schools & Learning,

The Myth of Meritocracy

The concept of ‘meritocracy’—a system in which government leaders and officials are selected based on merit or competency for the job—seems sensible enough at first glance. After all, haven’t we had enough of candidates who are elected because they had … more

Posted in Building Community, Community – Government & Rights, Democracy, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Industrial Food Production, Nuclear Power, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth,

Tar Sands Hell

The tar sands issue isn’t only about the danger from pipelines crossing the U.S. so the dirty tar sands oil can be refined and shipped overseas, it’s about the destruction of thousands of square miles of wildlands in Alberta, severe health impacts … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Biodiversity, Climate, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Economic Justice, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Habitat, Human Rights, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Soil, Stewardship, The Americas, Unsustainable Energy, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife,

Fire or Ice? (Does it matter?)

Robert Frost’s ‘Fire and Ice’* doesn’t really have anything to do with global warming or endocrine disruption, but there is a parallel in the presence of two major threats that humanity faces today: global warming and the ubiquitous presence of … more

Posted in Agriculture, Air, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Food, Fossil Fuels, Industrial Food Production, Precautionary Principle, Resource Extraction, Shale gas, Water & Watersheds,