Bethlehem's annual beloved SouthSide Film Festival (SSFF) is back after a year off due to the Corovirus pandemic. The filmmakers showcased their new films across many venues in the five-day event (June 15-19, 2021), including Charter Arts High School. The First Night Begins The festival kicked off this past Tuesday at 6:30 pm with a lively party at Color Me Mine. The … [Read more...] about SouthSide Film Festival
We finally finished the Spring 2021 issue of the Sustainable Lehigh Valley booklet! (The PDF version is available now, and printed booklets should be ready by mid-April.) The new issue includes thought-provoking essays, poems that can help awaken new perspectives and insights, and some wonderful drawings and paintings! As editorial intern Tara … [Read more...] about New issue of Sustainable Lehigh Valley booklet!
According to a new study, if the US replaced all fossil-fuel equipment (including power plants) with solar or wind, the results would be amazing: 100% clean energy within 15 years25 million new jobs during the transition, with 5 million permanent jobs — well-paid jobs that cannot be outsourced! the average household would save ~$1,000/year on its energy bills global warming … [Read more...] about Clean electricity within 15 years!
A time to celebrate. A time to mourn. President Obama announced his rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline on November 6. Calls to celebrate the victory are in from 350.org; Sierra Club; CREDO Action; Berks Gas Truth; NRDC; and others. More than 200,000 people have been killed in the four-and-a-half-year Syrian civil war. The linked September 14, 2015 New York Times article … [Read more...] about Sustainability Doings: November 27, 2015 – “Best/Worst of Times?”
A major component of the Transition Movement's approach to bringing us away "from oil dependency to local resilience" is through "the heart", the title of Part Two of the Transition Handbook. How do we get an emotional buy-in to the changes needed? Well, Part Two is subtitled "Why Having a Positive Vision is Crucial." Rob Hopkins writes: "It is one thing to campaign against … [Read more...] about Martin Boksenbaum: ‘Bonding With the Beauty of the Here and Now’
Democracy: Easier Said Than Done Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. Climate Change, while wonderfully thoughtful, insightful, and useful-information packed book, is weak in several areas one of which is the pivotal one of engaging, empowering, and enabling people, communities, NGOs, to take action via democratic organizational structures. She says, after … [Read more...] about Sustainability Doings: June 22, 2015 – “Doing Democracy”
Maybe we are. Don't we actively challenge established doctrines, policies, and institutions? Some of us might like to call ourselves the more positive-sounding "civil society advocates" -- which seems to be a label popping up at the Summit of the Americas now going on in Panama. Being a "civil society advocate" is positively tame and a helluvalot less aggressive than being … [Read more...] about Sustainability Doings: April 8, 2015 – “Dissidents, we?”
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The system IS working?! In the last issue of Sustainability Doings, dated 1/5/15, I blithely asserted: "The system is broken. Everyone knows that." But then, bright and early on 1/6/15, Karen Henninger responded: . "I do not agree that the *system* is broken. I believe that understanding is a lack of understanding [of] the system."The system IS working … [Read more...] about Sustainability Doings, 3 February 2015: ‘It ain’t broke?!’
How is capitalism like an elephant? The system is broken. Everyone knows that. But do you know that no one knows what te hell the system is? We may be missing the obvious, like the proverbial elephant in the room, that we’re blanking out to, as if it weren’t there or was invisible to us. Or perhaps each of us is touching on only a small part of the whole system from our … [Read more...] about Sustainability Doings – 5 January 2015 – “Riddle”