[See link at bottom to download the full report] Executive Summary Developing a comprehensive climate action plan helps municipalities to mitigate climate change and adapt to the coming changes in ways that address people's needs. Climate change is a daunting issue: humanity’s actions have caused the Earth’s greenhouse gases to reach levels not seen for over 120,000 … [Read more...] about Climate Action Planning 2.0
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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.)
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As displayed in the body of this report, the impacts of global warming and climate change are occurring at an alarming rate around the world, as well as right here in the Lehigh Valley. The science is conclusive: we are experiencing a climate emergency. The slow and sometimes subtle impacts of a changing climate do not neatly fit into the common notion of an emergency as an … [Read more...] about Climate Emergency Declarations
Jeff Halper Editor’s Note: We have combined two Facebook postings by Jeff Halper that dealt with the September 17, 2019 election in Israel. The first appeared on September 14, three days prior to the election, and the second, on September 18, the day after. The titles for each section are ours. In a surprising twist since the election, President Reuven Rivlin chose Mr. … [Read more...] about Making Sense of the Recent Election in Israel
Lenny Flank In September 2011, a small group of demonstrators sat down and occupied Zuccotti Park in New York City, near Wall Street, as a protest against the lopsided distribution of wealth in the US and the domination of the political process by the wealthy elite. Within weeks, similar occupations spread across the United States from coast to coast, and Occupy Wall Street … [Read more...] about Occupy Wall Street: A Post-Mortem Examination
Anthony DiMaggio George Orwell’s 1984 is a dystopian novel about authoritarianism, and is widely understood as a critique of Stalinism and centralized communist states. But Orwell believed that propaganda functioned in both communist and capitalist states alike. His insights about the uses and abuses of propaganda are remarkably relevant when studying American and … [Read more...] about Orwell’s Doublethink, Alive and Well in Trump’s America
Ted Morgan Alarming reports from a wide variety of science-based and international studies keep coming, warning us of disasters that lie ahead if the world fails to make massive cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Again and again, we are confronted by the damage that is already resulting from climate change: more intense and frequent extreme weather … [Read more...] about The Challenge of Global Warming: Inaction, and Crimes Against Humanity
by Philip Reiss The phrase "in the national interest" is frequently parroted by media pundits and politicians alike. It has for decades given me pause to contemplate just what it means for the majority of Americans as opposed to the small minority of super rich Americans. What it means to the 1% of the population greatly invested in capitalistic money making activity as … [Read more...] about In the National Interest
by Gary Olson Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn me ‘roundTurn me ‘roundAin’t gonna let nobody Turn me aroundI’m gonna keep on walkin’ Keep on talkin’ Marching into freedom land I joined the Poor People’s Campaign because I sensed that it has more transformative potential than anything that’s come along in over five decades. In a previous post/article I praised the PPC for its … [Read more...] about Whither the Poor People’s Campaign?
by Gary Olson Recently I‘ve tried to make the case that only presidential aspirants who are vetted by the oligarchic elite, deep state, plutocracy or whatever nomenclature you prefer, have any chance of reaching the Oval Office. Further, as the chief administrative officer for the capitalist state, they often implement policies consistent with those of a psychopath. And they … [Read more...] about A Brief Thought Experiment
by Martin Boksenbaum “What do we want?”, someone would call out in a sixties civil rights protest line. The protest line would respond, loud and clear, "Freedom!" Given the many troubling matters we are facing, there could be many different kinds of protest lines, each with its own what-do-we-want answers: Freedom, Democracy, A Healthy Environment, LGBT Rights, Peace, … [Read more...] about What Do We Want? When? How?