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School District Climate & Sustainability Commitment

Climate and Sustainability Commitment (As adopted by the Bethlehem Area School District, 28 April 2014) “Changes to Pennsylvania’s climate are happening now. While there is uncertainty as to the extent and timing of these impacts, it is undeniable that action … more

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Economy and Environment–Must We Choose?

By Lindsay Meiman As I was walking to class with a friend the other day, he casually asked me, “Why do you care so much about sustainability?” I paused in my tracks, taken aback by the immensity of possible explanations … more

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From the Body, Through the Mind, and Back to the Body

By Ken Burak The climate problem is all in our heads. Our minds and our perspectives on the environment and our place in it, or as it, are the source of the problem. Surely we must engage in sustainable life … more

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Sharing My Grandfather’s Tale

By Richard Lane If we want to know how it was, before change and the possible future, we can turn to the “Old Ones”. They will tell us the stories; if we only but listen. In one of the many … more

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Climate Action, Structure, Power

By Martin Boksenbaum Two lines from T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Hollow Men” meant little to me until thinking about how to talk about what needs to be done, what we need to do, to address the climate crisis. Although certainly … more

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Contribute Your Ideas to the Envision LV Plan!

This is not an official Envision LV page, but we want to provide a way for you to access the draft plans they are creating and comment on what they got right and what’s missing. The following is from a … more

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Community Engagement

Here are some initial thoughts on the community engagement process: Government agencies frequently accept public comment on proposed plans or projects, but the primary purpose is often only to fulfill a legal requirement. Members of the community often do not … more

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‘America the Beautiful’ (not) by Willie Nelson

Check out Willie Nelson’s YouTube video on mountaintop removal mining: More info: Focus On… Mountaintop Removal mining (MTR)

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Sustainability and the Rights of Future Generations

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms to which all individuals are entitled, often held to include the right to life, liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law. These rights are universally accepted, as is … more

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Social Research | Social Justice Conference

A unique and excellent addition to the Lehigh Valley’s offerings, the Social Research Social Justice Conference began in 2003 as a collaboration between faculty and students in the Department of Media and Communication at Muhlenberg College, with the goal to … more

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