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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

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 |

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

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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

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Community Rights, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Historic Preservation, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth |

Is Sustainable Urban Living a Viable Outcome of Our Current Political System?

“Without systemic change, sustainable communities are not possible.” This is the opening statement from a whitepaper by Ben Price, Projects Director for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). He is speaking here of our political system and goes on … more

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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

Posted in Community – Empowerment, Community Rights, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Human Rights, Precautionary Principle, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Social Justice, Sustainability Education |

PA Judge: Corporations Are Not “Persons”

A New Civil Rights Movement: Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control Pennsylvania judge holds that corporations are not “persons” under the Pennsylvania Constitution By Thomas Alan Linzey, Esq., Executive Director, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund March 28, 2013—To protect small … more

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PA DEP cancels meeting re: water testing report deficiencies

From Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth, 2/4/13, re: DEP Secretary cancels meeting with environmental organizations Berks Gas Truth was one of 12 organizations scheduled to meet with water testing specialists at the invitation of Secretary Michael Krancer. The invitation came in … more

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Community Bill of Rights Strategy

From CELDF, 11/8/12: Three communities banned shale gas drilling and fracking on Election Day, Nov 6, 2012, adopting Community Bill of Rights charter amendments. Mansfield and Broadview Heights, OH, and Ferguson Township, PA, asserted their rights to clean air and … more

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Sustainability Questions for Students & Educators

To make good decisions about sustainability, people need to know the facts. Here are some questions that have arisen and might be suitable for class projects or independent study: What steps can local & county government take to produce immediate reductions in … more

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Environmental Advisory Statement on DTE Incinerator

Allentown Environmental Advisory Council May 13, 2012 On March 29, 2012 Allentown signed a 35-year contract with a private NJ company, Delta Thermo Energy (DTE), to build an incinerator on Kline’s Island in Allentown for disposal of the city’s trash … more

Posted in Air, Community Rights, Economy, Business, & Money, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Privatization, Waste, Water & Watersheds |