Thanksgiving Day seems an appropriate time to post this brief historical note about Colonialism in the United States. I'll start by mentioning that this is the original territory of the Lenape, now known as the Delaware. Like most parts of North America, Pennsylvania & New Jersey were occupied by Indigenous people for thousands of year before the first European settlers … [Read more...] about Peter’s blog: ‘Thanksgiving & Colonialism’
Voices of the Valley
The Voices of the Valley category includes work by members of the Lehigh Valley community.
You can access Voices of the Valley essays that were published in the Alliance’s Sustainable Lehigh Valley booklet (listed by year published) or via the alphabetic list of authors, which also includes items published online and in Left Turn.
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I think these schools have a way to go, but they're still doing a lot better than most colleges & universities in the U.S. NOW 2 August 2017 Where to find healthy and local food options at eight Toronto colleges and universities The lowdown on cafeterias and campus eateries putting sustainability at the top of the menu by Adria Vasil Tired of … [Read more...] about Peter: ‘Campus Food — look at Toronto’s example’
Tug McGraw. John Vukovich. Johnny Oates. And now Darren Daulton—that's 4 Phillies who have succumbed to brain cancer that may be connected to playing on artificial turf at Veterans Stadium. Phillies Unnerved by Possible Brain Cancer Pattern After Darren Daulton Death | Rolling Stone The Brain Cancer That Keeps Killing Baseball Players | New York Times Four Phils and brain … [Read more...] about Synthetic Turf update [August 2017]
I have heard quite a few people say they are amazed that something like the events in Charlottesville could happen here, 'happen in America'. The stream of violence—often police violence—directed at Black people, Latinos, and Indigenous people is not new, nor is the violent treatment of Muslims & Indigenous people. In fact, these have all been problems since before the US … [Read more...] about Peter: ‘Charlottesville — for Teachers”
by Megan Arnold and Peter Crownfield Climate change is in the news, and we’ve seen a huge marches for science and for climate action. In many schools, though, global warming and climate change have been largely ignored, except for brief discussions in some science classes. And, despite the push for more STEM education, the U.S. government is now downplaying science and has … [Read more...] about Interdisciplinary Teaching on Climate & Calculating Your School’s GHG Emissions
The wording of the new ban is designed to slip past some of the problems that made the first ban so clearly unconstitutional. But it's still stupid. Just look at this recap: Note: This was published online, and I have not personally verified this information. … [Read more...] about Peter’s blog: “Trump’s New Travel Ban”
Law enforcement officers swear an oath to uphold the law, which includes the Constitution, aka 'the Supreme Law of the Land'. Why then are they so willing to break the law by attacking people exercising their Constitutional rights? According to a report in Truthout, on Thursday, the so-called law enforcement officers attacked the water protectors at Standing Rock, who were … [Read more...] about Peter’s blog: “Standing Rock: attacks by ‘law enforcement’ are shameful”
I applaud the District Court in Washington State for restraining the trump administration and all federal employees from enforcing their discriminatory and offensive travel ban. Equally important, this restraining order was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in a strong opinion that, at least at this preliminary stage, decisively rejects the government's claims that the … [Read more...] about Thank you, 9th Circuit Court!
One thing you can do to slow down the war against science and truth is to encourage any teachers you know — all subjects, all ages — to integrate climate change into their classes. If you know parents who have children in school, encourage them to do the same! We have put a free guide for interdisciplinary teaching on climate & sustainability online at teach-climate.net. … [Read more...] about Resist the Trump administration’s war on truth
Trump's teams are now taking on the various executive departments, and the “War on Science” has begun. Some departments, including USDA, have already been order not to publish scientific data — even data from publicly-funded research. The Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, and others follow. At EPA, there is a ban on any press releases, blog … [Read more...] about The war on science has begun