(cover drawing) The cover is based on an original painting by Mary J. Budkoski, shown below: … [Read more...] about Finding Our Way
Focus on Pages
The "Focus On" section provides in-depth information and opinion on many facets of sustainability. (Although these topics may appear quite distinct and separate, it’s important to remember that they are interconnected and interdependent in multiple ways — in general, the 4 basic principles of ecology apply to all complex systems.)
When you select a Focus On… topic, the system will select all the articles and posts in that category with the most recent pages at the top, just under a brief introduction to the topic. (Many articles appear in multiple categories.)
Background & detail information is organized into the main categories listed in the left sidebar.
Environment & Ecology
Fearless Flying From A Bird’s Eye View — Migrating South
Mary J. Budkoski Wow, we made it! That was a long though exhilarating haul, and it‘s so thrilling to meet up with you here. One of my favorite rest stops to restore, renew, and regroup and it still exists! So reliable. Those brilliant berries are the greatest how could you miss them? I don‘t know about you, but my appetites been up. Don‘t worry, it will be easy … [Read more...] about Fearless Flying From A Bird’s Eye View — Migrating South
What is Bioregional Regeneration?
Richard Lane Paradoxically, we can only fully manifest this planetary era in time to avoid biospheric collapse if we come home to place and region again. We need to fit our now-globalized human patterns of meeting our needs into the life-sustaining, abundance-generating, scale-linking complexity of life….” (Daniel Christian Wahl) The most useful place to start building … [Read more...] about What is Bioregional Regeneration?
‘Three Birds’ & ‘Falling’
Cecelia Tabor … [Read more...] about ‘Three Birds’ & ‘Falling’
Three Poems by Gianna Tully
Paper Swans Our Mother The Earth on My Counter Gianna is a junior at Moravian University, studying English and Art History. She works on the literary magazine The Manuscript at her school. She has lived in the Lehigh Valley for the majority of her life and is happy to be continuing her education in the area. She is interested in both poetry and short … [Read more...] about Three Poems by Gianna Tully
We Need to Stop Plastic Consumption
Gabriela Sampaio Every day we are bombed with disruptive and sad news about what is going on in the world. War, robbery, injustice, and crisis are some of the words in the headlines of the news. But how often do we see the environment as the main character of these headlines? Everyone knows that Earth is in great danger, but why don’t we focus on what is being done to … [Read more...] about We Need to Stop Plastic Consumption
The Future Of Environmental Justice
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
Principles of Environmental Justice
We, The People of Color, gathered together at this multinational People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit, to begin to build a national and international movement of all peoples of color to fight the destruction and taking of our lands and communities, do hereby re-establish our spiritual interdependence to the sacredness of our Mother Earth; to respect and celebrate … [Read more...] about Principles of Environmental Justice
‘Do You Ever Feel Like a Plastic Bag, Drifting through the Wind?’
Lilyanna Nowak The title is a lyric sung by Katy Perry, originally related to the emotion of worthlessness, but can be also taken as a call for change, as the sight of a plastic bag in the wind is a commonality. It has become routine that when we go to the grocery store to just accept that there will be plastic bags to serve us. We place our fresh vegetables in plastic bags … [Read more...] about ‘Do You Ever Feel Like a Plastic Bag, Drifting through the Wind?’
Cuba Prepares for Disaster
Review of Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change in Cuba: Adaptation and Management, edited by Emily J. Kirk, Isabel Story, & Anna Clayfield Don Fitz The September 2021 Scientific American included a description by the editors of the deplorable state of disaster relief in the US. They traced the root cause of problems with relief programs as their “focus on … [Read more...] about Cuba Prepares for Disaster