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Personal Takes on the Challenges of Climate Change

Four folks share some of their thoughts on this daunting matter. Dork Sahagian, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at Lehigh University: Two things to consider in meeting the challenge: mitigation and adaptation. 1. Mitigation is what we need to … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Biodiversity, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Climate, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Demand Reduction, Economic Justice, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Going Local, Habitat, Land Use, Local Food, Minority Rights, Permaculture, Precautionary Principle, Production For Need, Renewable Energy, Resilience, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainability Education, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Systemic Approaches, The Commons, Unsustainable Energy, Women's Rights |

Creating a Local Climate for Community Conversation and Action

By Diane Husic The first report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 1990) led to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The 195 countries that signed this 1992 treaty, including the U.S., are obligated to … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Climate, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Community – Government & Rights, Democracy, Economic Justice, Law & Legislation, People Power, Social Justice, Sustainable Living, Systemic Approaches |

Stewarding our Environmental ‘Commons’ via the ‘Sustainability Commons’

By Tom Moroz The commons were traditionally defined as the elements of the environment‚ forests, atmosphere, rivers, fisheries, or grazing land‚ that are shared, used, and enjoyed by all. In our digital age, ‘the commons’ is also used to describe … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Community – Empowerment, Economic Justice, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Going Local, Housing, Local Food, Media, People Power, Quality of Life, Rethinking…, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Systemic Approaches, The Commons |

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

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Climate, Climate, Permaculture, Quality of Life, Rethinking…, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Schools & Learning, Sustainability Education, Sustainable Living, Systemic Approaches, Systems of Belief, Uncategorized |

Empowerment and Engagement for Sustainability and Climate Action

By Joyce Marin We are hearing a choir of voices around the world rising in urgency regarding Climate Action. Many people, especially young people, are gaining the courage to look at, inform themselves about, discuss and ask for Climate Action. … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Bicycling, Climate, Climate, Community – Empowerment, Home Food Gardening, People Power, Sustainable Living, Walking |

The Legal Alien

By Ida Halleröd I arrived in the Lehigh Valley in January this year from Gothenburg, Sweden. My husband got transferred here for work and I tagged along, figuring it would be one of life’s great adventures. I had slim pre-knowledge … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Bicycling, Climate, Climate, Composting, Economic Justice, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food, Food for Health, Home Food Gardening, Law & Legislation, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainability Education, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Systemic Approaches, Youth Development |

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

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Climate, Climate, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Community – Government & Rights, Community Rights, Democracy, Environmental Justice, Quality of Life, Rethinking…, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Systemic Approaches, The Commons, Transitions |

Education & sustainability

Education and schools have important connections to becoming more sustainable. Schools need to: Model sustainability in their facilities and operations, reducing greenhouse gas emissions [GHG] and minimizing environmental & health impacts. Teach about sustainable living and develop students who are … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Biodiversity, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Climate, Democratic Education, Energy, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food for Health, Going Local, Human Rights, Industrial Food Production, Justice System, Militarism, Nonviolence, Precautionary Principle, Re-skilling, Renewable Energy, Restorative Justice, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainability Education, Sustainable Living, The Commons, Transportation, Unsustainable Energy, Unsustainable Transportation, Violence Against Women |

Envision LV – Education

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Education as it affects plans for a sustainable Lehigh Valley. Envision LV does not have a draft report on Education, although other components of the plan may cover … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Militarism in schools, Precautionary Principle, Re-skilling, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Sustainability Education, Youth Development |

Envision LV – Community Development

Community development is often bundled with economic development, but it is focused on the people and a sense of community, rather than the economic impacts of buildings & jobs and the like. Use the comments feature on this page to … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Asthma, Bicycling, Building Community, Buildings, Childhood obesity, Community Rights, Discrimination, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Green Building, Historic Preservation, Home Food Gardening, Human Rights, Justice System, Local Businesses, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Quality of Life, Social Justice, Walking, Youth Development |