Many of you are familiar with the idea of the Rights of Nature / Rights of Mother Earth, but it's a long way from understanding the concept to seeing how it plays out on the ground, where someone (or a group) has to speak for the natural entity and then people have to figure out how to resolve the situation. Inside Climate News recently ran an excellent article on this … [Read more...] about Rights of Nature
by Asad Harrington What I want to improve is the smell that comes from the water facility in Freemansburg. It’s unbearable, unnecessary and destructive. People can’t even come outside to sit on their porches because the smell is so bad. That’s unfair for homeowners, ruins the value of their homes. It would be hard if they wanted to move and sell their house. It would be hard … [Read more...] about Water & Waste
Excellent New Yorker article by Bill McKibben, titled 'What will it take to cool the planet'. Covers the Climate Interactive website that let's you see the effects of playing with different variables, a dive into the Gwich’in fight against plans for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the need for more descriptive visioning for the future. (All in all, a … [Read more...] about What will it take?
Alex Fischer "A new report from the United Nations" climate panel warns humanity has only a dozen years to mitigate global warming and limit the scope of global catastrophe. Otherwise, millions will be imperiled by increasing droughts, floods, fires and poverty. The sweeping report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urges immediate and unprecedented … [Read more...] about Marx and Earth-First Socialism
Some municipalities require impact assessments for proposed projects, but they often are inadequate or focus primarily on economic considerations. An integrated and comprehensive sustainability impact assessment is essential to understanding the range of inter-related impacts a project will have on climate change, community, health, environment, and economy. This summer, a … [Read more...] about Peter’s blog: ‘Development can be sustainable — or destructive’
Don't discount Karen Dolan's political, ecological contributions by Evin Epstein The political entanglements surrounding former Bethlehem City Councilwoman Karen Dolan have for some become a juicy, tempting story to follow. Following the recent release of a Northampton County grand jury report and ongoing caustic political commentary at City Council meetings and scrutiny in … [Read more...] about Evin Epstein: Don’t discount Karen Dolan’s contributions