I think we all owe a debt of thanks to Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old from Sweden, for her speech calling out 'leaders' for their failure to lead! Some excerpts from her remarks (at COP-24 in Katowice, Poland): We can no longer save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.So we have not come here to beg the world leaders to care for … [Read more...] about Thank you, Greta!
On Thursday, November 20, Nurture Nature Center held a program on 'Pipeline Science: Environmental Considerations for Communities'. Presentations by Dr. Dru Germanoski, Professor of Geology at Lafayette College, and Mark Gallagher, consultant with Princeton Hydro, outlined the risks presented by the geology in some of the areas on the route for the PennEast Pipeline and … [Read more...] about PennEast Pipeline – a threat to communities
The Occupy movement has sparked new levels of discussion of critical aspects of U.S. government, economy, and power structures. While people may quibble over the exact numbers, the 1%/99% image does clearly reflect the fact that economic & political power is held by a tiny percentage of people. It seems as if discussing this has been taboo for years, even though it's common … [Read more...] about Why the Occupations are so important
Did you see all the major headlines or national news stories about the amazing happenings with the OccupyWallStreet movement? Neither did I. Here a few of the happenings that have at least been mentioned, although not really covered in detail: A police captain walked up to a young woman and sprayed in her in the face with pepper spray for no reason. A few minutes later he … [Read more...] about OccupyWallStreet – Media Silence on Major Story
by Julia Ward In my opinion, fair trade is just that. The fair trade market itself has been progressing and becoming more popular but because of its popularity, it has attracted not just individuals, but communities and organizations to make it become more of a movement. By buying products that have a label saying "Fair Trade Certified", you are guaranteed that the money from … [Read more...] about Not a Market, But a Movement
I've been following coverage of the protest at GenOn's Portland Generating Station and the local officials who tried to deter it. The protest, which was held last Saturday, called attention to the harm this plant does to local residents and the thousands of tons of greenhouse gas emissions [GHG] it spews into the air, thus increasing global warming. According to organizers, … [Read more...] about Protesting the Dirty Power Plant in Portland
by Alexandra Edelstein How can a disconnected, unresponsive population be empowered to take responsibility for their community? This questions is not easy to answer, but is at the heart of any discussion on community governance and justice. In Fall 2009, I decided to pursue the development of a community justice program in the Lehigh Valley through the Alliance for … [Read more...] about Evolve Towards Involvement
by Gwen Colegrove and Cathy Frankenberg Change, Change, Oh Change, She Is A-Comin'! And what is driving this change? Why, the end of cheap oil. This means that our lifestyles will change. But, oh, so many of us hate change. And why is that? Because we feel that the change is put upon us. It makes us insecure. What we need to do is rethink change and envision a better … [Read more...] about Sustainability Through Localization