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This website is for people, communities, and organizations trying to figure out: WHY the world is in the mess it’s in: global, holistic, historical perspectives WHAT we want – in all its holistic complexity – laid out in three sections: … more

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Earth Day 2016: An Experience at Muhlenberg College

by Molly Majewicz This year on Friday, April 22nd, the day was overcast and humid, but the predicted chance of rain didn’t deter many passionate Muhlenberg students and community members from creating a sustainability-centered fair, of sorts. On-campus groups like … more

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Campus Sustainability: How LVAIC universities are making big changes!

By Molly Majewicz The LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference on February 20th featured a number of specialized sessions where various aspects of sustainability were explored in depth. They ranged from power conservancy to sustainable agriculture, to school-to-farm efforts, and community relations … more

Posted in Building Community, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Environment & Ecosystems, Rethinking…, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, System Change/Revolution, Systemic Approaches, Transitions |

Campus Sustainability? Yum!

By Molly Majewicz At the LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference on February 20th, food on college campuses was a big topic of discussion. In congruence with the keynote speaker’s main message of changing campus ethos, many of the sessions that day … more

Posted in Building Community, Campus Sustainability, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Food, Food, Health, & Healthcare, Local Food, Rethinking…, School Food, Stewardship, System Change/Revolution, Systemic Approaches, Transitions |

Campus Sustainability: A Window into How We Can Change National Ethos

by Molly Majewicz At the LVAIC Campus Sustainability Conference on February 20, 2016, keynote speaker Dr. Shana Weber, Director of the Office of Sustainability at Princeton University, urged the forward-thinking students and faculty present to strongly think about ethos—our character, … more

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Riddle: How is Capitalism Like an Elephant?

The system is broken. Everyone knows that. But do you know that no one knows what the hell the system is? We may be missing the obvious, like the proverbial elephant in the room, that we’re blanking out to, as … more

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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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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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Statement from the NYC General Assembly

Following is the first collective statement from the New York City General Assembly, issued October 5 2011. As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Banking & Financial, Building Community, Civil Liberties, Community – Government & Rights, Democracy, Discrimination, Economic Justice, Economy, Business, & Money, Environmental Justice, Human Rights, Justice System, Militarism, Minority Rights, Nonviolence, Privatization, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Systemic Approaches, Violence Against Women, War & Peace | Tagged

Rights of Nature

As the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) points out in discussing its “Rights of Nature” work, environmental laws “regulating how much pollution or destruction of nature can occur under law”, are actually permitting the environmental harms to occur. CELDF’s approach takes … more

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