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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,

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,

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,

Dan Poresky: “Wanted: People hot over climate change”

I’ve got an out-of-the-box idea for how to mobilize public opinion to force congress to get serious about climate change. I’m looking for a few collaborators to develop the idea and then, working together (with the same or new people), … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Climate, Energy, Media & Communication, Political Economy, Sustainability & Business, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley,

Bruce Wilson: ‘Thoughts on the election & . . .

. . . on leading the public into emergency mode: a new strategy for the climate movement.’ It has been hard to voice what is going on inside my head since the election. To just do my job at work … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Climate, Community – Empowerment, Electoral Politics, Voices of the Valley,

Suzie Hall Rosse: ‘Standing Rock Protector statements’

Suzie Hall Rosse, posted in Lehigh Valley Activism Network on November 27, 2016: Today I saw a video of some representatives of the many tribes taking part in Standing Rock Water Protection. The day before yesterday, Friday, a letter was … more

Posted in Community – Empowerment, Community Rights, Environment & Ecosystems, Human Rights, Indigenous People, People Power v. State Power, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, The Americas, Voices of the Valley,

Nancy Walters: ‘Food Recovery and Respect’

On September 24, the LV Food Policy Council had its launch with an inaugural meeting in Allentown.  The organizational structure was presented and committees were set up to address food security and thriving food systems, as well as the structure … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Collaborative Efforts, Composting, Economic Justice, Farmers, Food Distribution, Going Local vs. Globalization, Local Food, Poverty, Sustainable Growing, Voices of the Valley, Waste,

Diane Husic: Preparing for Lima – COP20

by Diane Husic, Professor of Biology at Moravian College On December 1st, the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) will commence in Lima, Peru to continue attempts to draft a global treaty on climate change. It has been 25 years … more

Posted in Biodiversity, Climate, Climate, Community Rights, Community Rights, Demand Reduction, Environmental Justice, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley,

Evin Epstein: Don’t discount Karen Dolan’s contributions

Don’t discount Karen Dolan’s political, ecological contributions by Evin Epstein The political entanglements surrounding former Bethlehem City Councilwoman Karen Dolan have for some become a juicy, tempting story to follow. Following the recent release of a Northampton County grand jury … more

Posted in 'Green' Building, Adaptive Reuse, Advocacy & Activism, Biodiversity, Building Community, Climate, Conservation, Education for Sustainability, Environment & Ecosystems, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Justice System, Land Use, Native Plants, Renewable Energy, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley, Water & Watersheds, Women's Rights,