Sustainability & Business
Businesses have a profound effect on sustainability. Businesses are permitted to externalize many of the costs associated with producing, using, and disposing of their products, which means that the cost and damage is shared by everyone.
For example: Coal sells as a commodity at about $50/ton. Experts estimate that the extraction and burning of coal creates additional costs to society of over $200/ton.Coal and energy companies profit from the low price, while everyone else bears the costs, primarily in the form of environmental degradation, global warming, and impaired health.
(Other examples include difficult-to-recycle electronic devices and single-use containers & packaging.)
Issues & events in the nations of Central and South America and of First Nations (indigenous, Native American, “Indian” populations) throughout the Americas, and as impacted by U.S. foreign policy, treaties, and interventions.
School of the Americas (now, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, WHINSEC).
Indigenous People and their role in the Americas (including discussion of Columbus Day & Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
Rights of Nature | Rights of Mother Earth
The ‘rights of nature’ concept recognizes that the natural systems have a right to exist, and that these rights may be superior to the commerce and property rights of humans; unfortunately this concept is only now becoming more widely appreciated.
In 2010, a general, global statement of the rights of nature, the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, was issued at the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. This lead to places, for example Bolivia, to recognize ’Mother Earth’ as having rights that are parallel to human rights.
by Tara Zrinski In the years that I have been part of the active opposition to the PennEast Pipeline and fracking in Pennsylvania as local organizer for Food and Water Watch and through Pennsylvania Voters Against Fracking, I have seen … more
by Tom Church Our present society values commercial success over ecological sustainability. We fear scarcity more than we celebrate abundance. People cope with the pressure of living in this atmosphere in as many ways as there are people. In this … more
From Popular Resistance: RESIST!#NODAPL, DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE, MILITARY, PROTESTS By Staff, www.kfyrtv.com November 26th, 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C. - According to the Morton County Sheriff’s Office, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants all people camping on its property north of the Cannonball River to leave … more
Content in preparation (including discussion of Columbus Day & Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
By Zeke Zelker Land Use and Development As a teenager, I spent hours walking in the cornfields of Lower Macungie, searching for solace in the serene pastoral landscape. I would traverse this landscape alone, rummaging through my confused adolescent mind trying … more
by Joris Rosse Trees have just become a far more important aspect of our lives than they had been before climate change. Trees, large and small, provide crops, firewood, fruit, lumber, wind breaks, and healings. Through photosynthesis, carbon from the … more
Trainloads of crude oil from the Bakken shale in ND do pass through the Valley — and these trains travel through the center of Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, often right next to the Lehigh River. This raises major safety concerns and … more