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It’s capitalism, stupid!

by Faramarz Farbod Global capitalism is the 800-pound gorilla. The twin ecological and economic crises, militarism, the rise of the surveillance state, and a dysfunctional political system can all be traced to its normal operations. We need a transformative politics … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Banking & Financial, Biodiversity, Capitalism, Carrying Capacity, Climate, Climate, Corporations, Demand Reduction, Democracy, Economic Classes, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Globalization, Quality of Life, Renewable Energy, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Unsustainable Energy, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

Social Space, Public Discussion, Political Action

by Colton Krial & Leah Triber During the first month of 2014, Oxfam released a report on the state of global inequality. The fact that quickly came to define the report spoke of the unprecedented level of wealth that a … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Capitalism, Collaborative Efforts, Economic Justice, Going Local, Labor, People Power v. State Power, Social Justice, The Commons |

Is explosive crude oil traveling through your community?

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

Posted in Air, Climate, Community Rights, Community Rights, Distribution, Economic Justice, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Rail, Railroads, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Transportation, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Photos of recent crude oil derailments

Most trains reach their destinations safely, of course. Derailments are not common, but— but when a train carrying explosive crude or natural gas does derail and catch fire, the results can be disastrous, as the photos below show. December 2013 … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Community Rights, Distribution, Economic Justice, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Rail, Railroads, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Transportation, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

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, Local Businesses, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Quality of Life, Social Justice, Walking, Youth Development |

Envision LV – Public Health

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on why Envision LV should include public health in its plan for a sustainable Lehigh Valley. Envision LV does not have a draft report on Public Health, although other … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Asthma, Bicycling, Building Community, Childhood obesity, Economic Justice, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Food for Health, Industrial Food Production, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Public Transit, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Unsustainable Transportation, Walking, Water & Watersheds |

Envision LV – Allentown Reindustrialization Plan

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on the plan for Allentown—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If you haven’t yet … more

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Buildings, Demand Reduction, Economic Justice, Energy, Environmental Justice, Going Local, Green Building, Land Use, Local Businesses, Production For Need, Renewable Energy, Sustainability & Business, Transportation, Unsustainable Energy |

Envision LV – Affordable Housing

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on housing in the Lehigh Valley—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If you haven’t … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Buildings, Discrimination, Economic Justice, Housing, Immigrants' Rights, Minority Rights |

Envision LV – Transportation

Use the comments feature on this page to add your thoughts on Envision LV’s draft report on transportation in the Lehigh Valley—whether it’s a response to what they included or something you think needs to be added. If you haven’t … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Climate, Economic Justice, Energy, Environmental Health, Fossil Fuels, Public Transit, Sustainabilty & Health, Transportation, Unsustainable Energy, Unsustainable Transportation |

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

Posted in Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Air, Arts & Culture, Asthma, Bicycling, Biodiversity, Building Community, Childhood obesity, Climate, Climate, Community Gardening, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Diversity & Heritage, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Endocrine Disruptors, Energy, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Fair Trade vs. Free Trade, Food, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Going Local, Green Building, Historic Preservation, Home Food Gardening, Human Rights, Industrial Food Production, Land Use, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Media, Militarism in schools, Nuclear Power, Poverty, Precautionary Principle, Public Transit, Quality of Life, Renewable Energy, Resilience, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, School Food, Schools & Learning, Shale gas, Social Justice, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainability & Business, Sustainability Education, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, The Commons, Transportation, Unsustainable Energy, Unsustainable Transportation, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife, Youth Development |