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Green Pond

by Matt Wolff I see them flying overhead blue sky above wetness on their skinny ankles their beaks press in the soil for food nothing near like this for them so many come from so many places a superior form … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Biodiversity, Conservation, Habitat, Land Use, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Seasonality, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Urban Ecology, Voices of the Valley, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

The Environmental Perils of Consumerism

by Emma Stierhoff Consumerism […] encourages both increased consumption and increased waste, resulting in environmental destruction. It was not until I began identifying as an environmentalist in high school that I started to question the constant pressure to buy more … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Collaborative Efforts, Composting, Conservation, Deforestation, Fuels, Habitat, Land Use, Products - Stuff, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley, Waste |

The Cycle of Discarding

by Briana VanBuskirk We’re stuck in a cycle that fosters the creation, use, and discarding of materials without any consideration for the environment, animal rights, or human rights. Why is this? It’s no secret that financial gain is the core … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Community Gardening, Composting, CSA - Community Supported Ag, Domain: school districts, Education for Sustainability, Food Distribution, Food for Health, Healthcare system, Local Food, School Food, Stewardship, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley, Waste |

Renewable Energy vs. Fracking & Pipelines

by Tara Zrinski In the years that I have been part of the active opposition to the PennEast Pipeline and fracking in Pennsylvania as local organizer for Food and Water Watch and through Pennsylvania Voters Against Fracking, I have seen … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Building Community, Capitalism, Climate, Climate, Distribution, Energy, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Pipelines, Renewable Energy, Resource Extraction, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Shale gas, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley, Water & Watersheds |

Elevating the Huddled Masses: How Health Equity Promotes Sustainability

by Adrian Shanker In considering sustainability, one must ask:“How are the most marginalized in our community supported?” The sociocultural area of sustainability perhaps receives less attention than the economic and environmental pillars, but sociocultural sustainability has great influence on the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Environmental Health, Healthcare system, LGBT Rights, Local Health Issues, Quality of Life, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley |

South Side Initiative

by Mary Catherine Foltz How can Universities and communities work together to promote sustainability? Lehigh University’s South Side Initiative (SSI) has developed a few different ways to answer this question in the past years. Recently, we worked with community partners … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Community Gardening, Historic Preservation, Local Businesses, Local Currencies, Quality of Life, Schools & Learning, Smart Growth, Social Justice, Urban Ecology, Voices of the Valley |

Organized Localization

by Tom Church Our present society values commercial success over ecological sustainability. We fear scarcity more than we celebrate abundance. People cope with the pressure of living in this atmosphere in as many ways as there are people. In this … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Community Rights, Community Rights, Conservation, Quality of Life, Resilience, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley |

Preserving Our Communities

by Erlinda Aguiar My experience has shown me that a community is an interactive group where its members have an impact on each other and that the diversity of its members only contributes to make the community better.  I hope … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Building Community, Climate, Diversity & Heritage, Environmental Justice, Quality of Life, Resilience, Soil, Stewardship, Voices of the Valley, Water & Watersheds |

Creative Place-making: A Matter of Words

by Doug Roysdon Over the past few years, we have come to a new and better understanding of how this place we call our town represents a unique social and cultural opportunity. It is our place to celebrate, invest in … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Capitalism, Economic Justice, Place & Infrastructure, Voices of the Valley |

In dark times, movements for justice exalt hope

by Lindsay Meiman 2016 marked the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous title-holder of 2015, and 2014 before that. Communities around the world are already confronting climate impacts—from one in a thousand year floods and devastating droughts, to food … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Climate, Climate, Collaborative Efforts, Environmental Justice, Fossil Fuels, Pipelines, Rail, Renewable Energy, Shale gas, Stewardship, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley, Waste |