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Out of Left Field: On the unsustainable path in Latin America

The ravaging of the homelands and attacks on the Indigenous Peoples of Colombia and Honduras (and why people might leave their home countries to come here . . . ) About attacks on indigenous communities that are fighting against the encroachments of international interests and assassination of indigenous … more

Posted in Community – Empowerment, Corporations, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Justice, Going Local vs. Globalization, Human Rights, Indigenous People, Land Use, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, US Foreign Policy, Water & Watersheds |

As an intern for Alliance, I was able to meet and hear the concerns of local officials and important community stakeholders. We discussed issues and gathered advice from a diverse array of people like city councilmen, NGO leaders, and company … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Buildings, Climate, Climate, Energy, & Environment, Collaborative Efforts, Community – Empowerment, Environment & Ecosystems, Internships, Sustainability & Business |

Development can be sustainable or destructive

Some municipalities require impact assessments for proposed projects, but they often are inadequate or focus primarily on economic considerations. An integrated and comprehensive sustainability impact assessment is essential to understand the range of inter-related impacts a project will have on … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Air, Asthma, Bicycling, Building Community, Climate, Collaborative Efforts, Composting, Demand Reduction, Economic Justice, Energy, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Flooding, Food for Health, Land Use, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Public Health, Public Transit, Quality of Life, Renewable Energy, Resilience, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Unsustainable Energy, Unsustainable Transportation, Urban Ecology, Walking, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

fyi: ‘Dharma Moon Shangha’

The Alliance team working on the 2018 Sustainable Lehigh Valley booklet failed to list Dharma Moon Shangha in the “Directory of Organizations That Promote Sustainable Communities” section. Dharma Moon Shangha is listed in the online Directory, but we think it important to call … more

Posted in Building Community, Health, Holistic Health, Media & Communication, mind-body health, Psychological Matters |

Maison Allen: ‘We Need to Hold Boys Accountable’

“Boys will be boys,” the mother says as her son pulls a girl’s hair because he wants her toys. “Boys will be boys,” the teacher responds dismissively as they hear high school boys objectifying a female student. “Boys will be … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Childhood, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Violence Against Women, Women's Rights, Youth Development |

Maison Allen: ‘Decolonizing America for a Sustainable Future’

by Maison Allen What if Europeans never settled in North America? Would the land in this country have remained unharmed? Would the environment be in better condition than it is today? Unlike colonists, the Native people did not treat the … more

Posted in Colonialism, Discrimination, Land Use, Militarism, War & Peace |

Guns: don’t ban, regulate!

On February 14, 2018, another school was terrorized by gun violence. In Parkland Florida, 17 victims were killed at the hands of a malicious shooter who rampaged through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. While this is a tragedy, it is … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Voices of the Valley |

How Are Our Problems Connected?

As my semester at Moravian College and my internship with Alliance come to an end, I’ve been ask to write a piece that weaves my semester’s work together. In the past few months, I’ve been able to write pieces that … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Colonialism, Community – Empowerment, Discrimination, Equity (economic, ethnic, gender,…), Human Rights, Indigenous People, Minority Rights, Social Justice, Sustainable Living, Violence Against Women, Women's Rights |

The Importance of Black Panther

It’s been about two months since the release of Marvel’s Black Panther and somehow, it’s still turning up a significant profit weekend after weekend. In fact, it just surpassed Titanic on the list of highest-grossing films of all time. This … more

Posted in Africa, Diversity & Heritage, Media & Communication, Social Justice |

Black Lives for Gun Control

Plastered on the cover of the April 2nd issue of Time magazine are the prominent members of the #NeverAgain movement, with the bold enlarged caption, “Enough.” These students have been leading a revolution of sorts. After the tragic school shooting … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Discrimination, Human Rights, Social Justice, Voices of the Valley |