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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 |

Regulating Instead of Banning

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 all my semester’s work together. In the past few months, I’ve been able to write pieces … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Colonialism, Community – Empowerment, Discrimination, 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 |

Call to Action: Stop the FirstEnergy Bailout

Please send the following letter to protest the bailout requested by FirstEnergy: DATE President Donald J. Trump 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 37188 Honorable Rick Perry, Secretary Department of Energy 1000 Independence Ave. SW Washington, DC 20585 Dear President Trump/Secretary … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Capitalism, Climate, Climate, Electricity Grid, Environmental Justice, Nuclear Power, Renewable Energy, Subsidies, Unsustainable Energy |

Voices of the Valley 2018

As we wait for copies of the 2018 Sustainable Lehigh Valley booklet (now being printed), we invite you to check out the many great ideas in the Voices of the Valley section. Essays from the 2018 edition of Sustainable Lehigh Valley: Is … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Advocacy & Activism, Air, Animals for Food, Bicycling, Biodiversity, Building Community, Capitalism, Cars, Climate, Climate, Colonialism, Community Gardening, Composting, Conservation, Demand Reduction, Education for Sustainability, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food for Health, Food Philosophies, Fossil Fuels, Going Local vs. Globalization, Habitat, Indigenous People, Industrial Food Production, Local Food, Permaculture, Permaculture-Ecosystems, Precautionary Principle, Products - Stuff, Public Transit, Renewable Energy, Rethinking…, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, School Food, Seasonality, Smart Growth, Social Justice, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Urban Ecology, Urban Gardening, Urban Planning, Voices of the Valley, Walking, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Calls to Action: Urge Your Rep to Co-Sponsor the Berta Cáceres Act

From Witness for Peace, 3/2/2018: 2 Years Without Justice! Contact your Representative now and urge them to co-sponsor the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, H.R. 1299! Today marks two years since Berta Cáceres, the beloved Lenca Indigenous, feminist, … more

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Acknowledging the original inhabitants of this area

We are located in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, an area that is a small part of what was Lenni-Lenapé territory. The Lenni-Lenape apparently were friendly and accommodating, until the settlers gradually — and often violently — forced them from their territory. … more

Posted in Canoes and Kayaks, Colonialism, Conservation, Diversity & Heritage, Environmental Health, Food for Health, Going Local vs. Globalization, Habitat, Herbal & Natural Remedies, Indigenous People, Land Use, Local Food, Precautionary Principle, Restorative Justice, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Seasonality, Social Justice, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Walking, Water & Watersheds, Wild Foods, Wildlife |

Teaching What’s Right: Teaching Columbus in Schools

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed some inaccuracies in information I learned through my grade school career. One fallacy that was widely accepted and taught was the notion that Christopher Columbus discovered America. It was ingrained into our minds all … more

Posted in Colonialism, Diversity & Heritage, Education for Sustainability, Human Rights, Indigenous People, Voices of the Valley |