Patronize the local farms and businesses that advertise here — by choosing to advertise here, they are showing their commitment! If you run a local farm or business that’s working for sustainability, please consider advertising in Sustainable Lehigh Valley — it reaches thousands of people who are already interested in sustainability and are a good target audience. At the … [Read more...] about Do you have a commitment to sustainable communities?
Remembering Joris Rosse
The Lehigh Valley is saddened by the recent passing of environmentalist, role model, and Alliance co-founder Joris Rosse. Joris was an accomplished woodworker, potter, prospector, healer, organizer, and spiritual mentor. His loss is felt by the progressive, environmental, and spiritual community that surrounded him for decades. During the 1990’s he coordinated several large … [Read more...] about Remembering Joris Rosse
We’d Like to Hear from You!
Are you a creative writer or artist who is interested in sustainability and wants to be heard or seen? — You found the right publication! Sustainable Lehigh Valley welcomes essays, poetry, fiction (‘short shorts’ or ‘flash fiction’), photographs, drawings, and other artwork — and hybrid forms such as editorial cartoons or graphic stories — as long as they are related to one … [Read more...] about We’d Like to Hear from You!
Reimagining Justice in the Lehigh Valley
Cecelia Khorrami The Lehigh Valley Justice Institute (LVJI) launched in December 2020 to develop a reimagined criminal justice system that is equitable and fair for all. The Institute was an outgrowth of the Color of Justice organization that has been working to bring attention to local criminal justice issues. Several Color of Justice members saw the need for an … [Read more...] about Reimagining Justice in the Lehigh Valley
Art by Clare Meehan
Clare is a senior at Lafayette College studying international affairs and psychology, with a specific focus on human rights in Latin America. Beyond academics, she loves art and music and works to apply both to social justice issues. Also see her essay, Unlearning What We’re Taught in School. … [Read more...] about Art by Clare Meehan
Me and my plastic army
Matt Wolf Look at me!! at the top of this tree it took a while to latch on and show my dominance but now I am here to stay me and my plastic army ubiquitous carrying books, groceries shirts, candy, and other junk they can easily carry themselves!! And I have them all fooled they hand out bags because they feel like if they don’t it isn’t … [Read more...] about Me and my plastic army
Three short poems
Rebecca Canright Crimson leaves fallen down now A few linger When do they know It’s time to let Go ? Sound of wind’s theatrics Different Through tree's bare winter branches Deep mycelium threads Down Down Seven layers Beneath. Like a peeled onion, you wake up in that Deepest brain-cavern … [Read more...] about Three short poems
It’s Time to Build Back Fossil Free!
Lindsay Meiman On Saturday afternoons, I visit the farmer’s market in New York City’s Union Square: walking my dog, dropping off my compost, and picking up our regions’ finest produce and goods. And every week I pass the climate clock as it continues to wind down, a regular reminder of the stark reality of the climate crisis on the same streets Superstorm Sandy flooded over … [Read more...] about It’s Time to Build Back Fossil Free!
What Darkness Reveals
Rebecca Canright I had forgotten how magic Those tall black spires are at night Looming like cathedrals In soft, muted daylight Gulls call over water Over pine forest Over whispered fernsong Unknown to us. Ripples on water, estuary Has tides, too Young eagle shrieks – Echoes my amazement At Mystery held here Deep November green Doug … [Read more...] about What Darkness Reveals
Fourth Grade Artists and Activists
Jennie Gilrain I teach animal adaptation and habitat loss to fourth graders at Freemansburg Elementary School in Bethlehem. In the past, I have used the polar bear as a dramatic example. My students have written letters to every President of the United States since George W. Bush to advocate for climate action on behalf of the polar bears. And every president (except one) … [Read more...] about Fourth Grade Artists and Activists