by Martin Boksenbaum — It’s amazing to me that Dante’s Peak, a mediocre commercial catastrophe movie, could have one of the most important political messages I’ve heard in the movies. Pierce Brosnan’s character is trying to convince his boss, who is in denial, of ever-growing indications that volcanic activity is building toward a devastating eruption. In an effort to get … [Read more...] about Crisis? — What Crisis?
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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.)
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.)
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Media & Communication
PREAMBLE A free and vibrant media, full of diverse and competing voices, is the lifeblood of America's democracy and culture, as well as an engine of growth for its economy. Yet, in recent years, massive and unprecedented corporate consolidation has dangerously contracted the number of voices in our nation's media. While some argue we live in an age of unprecedented … [Read more...] about Bill of Media Rights
Meet the new eco-terrorists: Us By Anne Felker — Words matter. That's why I noticed the words "eco-terrorist" and "eco-terror" the other day in the reporting of the arson of a number of houses in a development being built in Maryland. The development, "Hunters Brooke", borders a magnolia bog, an environmentally sensitive rarity, and has been fought for years by locals. Thirty … [Read more...] about Who are the new eco-terrorists?
By Joe DeRaymond — The numbers can be numbing. For example, according to an article in the Los Angelos Times published on January 14, the war in Iraq will surpass the Vietnam War spending next year. This means that sometime in 2008, the United States will have spent over $660 billion on the Iraq War. A quick check of the cost of the war to date shows that Pennsylvania has … [Read more...] about Sustainability in Wartime?
by Emily McGlynn — Don't get me wrong. I love the internet. I send e-mails to my political representatives just like the next 21st-century concerned citizen. However, I can't help but feel that the internet is covertly turning the U.S. public into the basest form of political creature. Prefabricated online petitions, letters and advertisements are turning progressive … [Read more...] about IDon’tNeedtheInternetToMakeADifference.org
The campus sustainability initiative grew out of a project with Lehigh University student Victorija Danta, who was working to support climate protection efforts here in Bethlehem. As part of her internship, we created a Climate Protection Agreement for schools (which was adopted by the Bethlehem Area School District in December 2006). As we started looking at what higher … [Read more...] about Campus Sustainability Initiative
by Elyse Jurgen The campus sustainability initiative encourages and facilitates efforts by Lehigh Valley colleges and universities to become more sustainable in their operations and provide their students with an educational environment that will develop leaders—teachers, political leaders, researchers, land-use planners, architects, business men and women, journalists, … [Read more...] about Campus Sustainability – What is it?
by Gwen Colegrove The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”we hear Chicken Little proclaim every day. What are WE to do? It’s true, science tells us, that humanity is depleting the Earth’s resources faster than She can renew Herself. B U T. . . the Earth, and humanity with her, is on the brink of a new epoch. Old ways are no longer sustainable. Systems are … [Read more...] about The Sky Is Falling!
The Alliance for Sustainable Communities and the SouthSide Film Festival are pleased to make these excellent short films available free of charge for classroom use. The films, all made by independent filmmakers, were chosen for the 2006 Festival. We are making them available to schools because they address important topics in unique, thought-provoking ways. A Question of … [Read more...] about Indy Films for Classroom Use
This community dialogue was the concluding event of the "Fired Up Film Series" (Fall 2004) at Muhlenberg College and Cedar Crest College. Don't Mourn, Organize! LOCAL ALTERNATIVE MEDIA A series of brief presentations on organizing around media issues and alternative media production in the Lehigh Valley. Community Media: Lora Taub, Muhlenberg College, on Youth Media … [Read more...] about Lehigh Valley Community Media