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Ag policy is health policy

Long a strong advocate for healthier food and small growers, Health Care Without Harm points out in a recent fact sheet what should be obvious: ag policy is also health policy (& climate policy). By supporting agribusiness and unsustainable crops, the US … more

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Thank you, Greta!

I think we all owe a debt of thanks to Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old from Sweden, for her speech calling out ‘leaders’ for their failure to lead! Some excerpts from her remarks (at COP-24 in Katowice, Poland): We can no longer … more

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Peter’s blog: A Tale of Two Disasters — and U.S. Response

On 9-11-2001, terrorists (mostly Saudi) attacked the World Trade Center in New York, killing 2996 people. The US allowed Saudis to leave the US after the attack and has maintained good relations with Saudi Arabia — while pouring trillions of … more

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Do you buy chocolate produced by slaves?

Those who buy chocolate (or coffee or tea or bananas or …) that does not follow international FairTrade standards are saving money by buying the products of exploitation. Demand that shops carry FairTrade and eliminate products based on exploiting others! … more

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Peter’s blog: ‘Slavery & Prisons today’

Thanks to the 13th Amendment, a person convicted of a crime can be forced to work as punishment. And thanks to widespread racism in society, law enforcement, the courts, and the prison system, Black people are vastly more likely to wind … more

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Peter’s blog: ‘What could we be learning from others?’

A recent article by Janice Lee (‘What Humanity Can Learn From Plants‘), raises this question. It’s well worth reading! Lee asks why we value ‘scientific’ knowledge over all other ways of knowing and points out some other limitations of our ways, … more

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Peter’s blog: ‘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 understanding the range of inter-related impacts a project will have on … more

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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

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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

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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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