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 government makes a choice to undermine small growers that follow true organic principles, thus rebuilding the … [Read more...] about Ag policy is health policy
Climate & Energy
The categories of Climate & Energy are linked because it’s almost impossible to consider energy issues without considering their impact on the Climate.
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 save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed. So we have not come here to beg the world leaders to care for our future. … [Read more...] about Thank you, Greta!
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 executives. I learned of the extensive detail and nuance that is necessary to create an effective sustainability assessment. It was a … [Read more...] about My summer internship: Sustainability Impact Assessment
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 climate change, community, health, environment, and economy. This summer, a … [Read more...] about Peter’s blog: ‘Development can be sustainable — or destructive’
Monday, November 6–17 Moravian College is one of a handful of US colleges with official observer status under UNFCCC.Follow their Moravian College at UNFCCC blog for updates & insights into what's happening at COP-23. … [Read more...] about Moravian College at COP-23 in Bonn!
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), take it up the ladder until we interest the people who can implement it. I'm proposing a coordinated national/local approach combining a … [Read more...] about Dan Poresky: “Wanted: People hot over climate change”
by Megan Arnold and Peter Crownfield Climate change is in the news, and we’ve seen a huge marches for science and for climate action. In many schools, though, global warming and climate change have been largely ignored, except for brief discussions in some science classes. And, despite the push for more STEM education, the U.S. government is now downplaying science and has … [Read more...] about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Climate & Calculating Your School’s GHG Emissions
Trump's teams are now taking on the various executive departments, and the “War on Science” has begun. Some departments, including USDA, have already been order not to publish scientific data — even data from publicly-funded research. The Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, and others follow. At EPA, there is a ban on any press releases, blog … [Read more...] about The war on science has begun
ALERT: The Trump administration has started deleting climate & clean energy info from the whitehouse.gov site — and has said it will be deleted from other government websites as well. (This could include EPA, NASA, NOAA, and other important sources!) I suggest you download and save any pages you need! So it appears we are entering a time when truth no longer counts, at … [Read more...] about ALERT: Trump administration deleting climate info
1) From CREDO Blog, 9/8/16: It’s incredible. In just a few days, more than 210,000 CREDO members have signed our petition demanding that President Obama intervene and stop the Dakota Access pipeline once and for all. Hundreds of CREDO members have also started making phone calls to President Obama pressuring him to act. This is a winnable fight, but with the pipeline company … [Read more...] about fyi: “The fight to stop the Dakota Access pipeline”