Originally published in State of the Lehigh Valley 2021, Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) Peter K. Crownfield, Internship Coordinator, Alliance for Sustainable Communities – Lehigh Valley; and Devon Jewell, Junior at Moravian Academy The most basic level of environmental justice is making sure that poor or minority communities, often called ‘EJ … [Read more...] about The Future Of Environmental Justice
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Activism & Advocacy
Christopher Giannaras Most people agree that citizens have certain rights which cannot be denied to them on any account, whether it be race, gender, or economic status. A not-so-frequently-discussed but dire issue is the number of families that face homelessness. In any twenty-first-century society, even people born into unfortunate circumstances deserve roofs over their … [Read more...] about Tackling Bethlehem’s Housing Crisis
With all that ‘s been happening in the U.S. and the world this year, it has sometimes been difficult to concentrate on the many steps of getting this publication together. This includes, of course, the war in Ukraine — an illegal and immoral attack, even if partly triggered by years of quiet, U.S.-led provocation; the continuing expansion of neo-Nazism and … [Read more...] about Welcome to our 21st issue!
The war in Ukraine has taken much of the attention of the media. The saturation coverage displays subservience to state power and omits many important aspects of the current crisis. This double issue of Left Turn features many pieces offering alternative perspectives and correcting for the media’s omissions. Additionally, the media are ignoring the other ongoing war against the … [Read more...] about Notes from the Editor
Zoe Lowry It is extremely challenging to detach ourselves from the views of others and to recognize and live true to our own passions, gifts, and purpose. However, gaining this deep understanding of self is the only way to achieve unconditional happiness and sustainability--in the sense of meeting our personal needs (emotional, spiritual, and tangible ones) in harmony with … [Read more...] about Awaken
Peter Crownfield and Devon Jewell Editors note: This essay is adapted from the Alliance summer internship report on Climate Change Education, for which Devon was the lead author, and from a longer article on environmental justice written that Devon and Peter wrote for the upcoming State of the Lehigh Valley report. Why do some serious, widespread problems persist year … [Read more...] about #TeachTheTruth
Anthony Thompson Finding a solution to prevent further gentrification of Southside Bethlehem and instead help the urban communities in the area and preserve the historic properties is an important issue for the City of Bethlehem. Gentrification is a huge issue in southside Bethlehem; businesses, restaurants, luxury high-rise apartments, and other establishments have opened … [Read more...] about Gentrify No More, Preserve History!
Ivy Tharouniatis It is crucial for every child to have unique experiences with their peers. One thing a lot of neurotypical children (those without learning disabilities) miss out on is interaction with neurodivergent students (those with learning disabilities.) Conversely, it is important for students with learning disabilities to have interactions with their fellow peers, … [Read more...] about The Power of Inclusion
Lia Embil I began with the rising sun, and the icy wind. The water was still cold from the darkness of the night. People came by, watching me collect natural objects and trash from the ocean, bring them to land, and lay them out in a circular configuration. Back and forth, back and forth. I remained there, on that shore, moving and bending and walking and carrying and … [Read more...] about We, the Ocean
Hannah Flaven Welcome, Old Soul. You’ve traveled a long way. Images rapidly cycle through your thoughts. Friends laughing in tandem. A crackling log in the fireplace. Warm hugs from family. Colorful leaves falling to the ground. Intertwined fingers. Crinkled corners of eyes… You feel the hushed, gentle voice reverberate through your essence, and you realize the … [Read more...] about Samsara