Keep it simple

We are operating at an environmental deficit: "Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.6 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year." (Global Footprint Network) Development for development's sake is not the … Continue reading Keep it simple

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Pandora’s box of chemicals

A little history on our chemical predicament:  The EPA's Toxic Substance and Control Act was enacted in 1976. At that time, 62,000 chemicals were grandfathered in with no testing. The Act also created a strange catch:  there needs to be evidence of harm done in order for a manufacturer to provide information about their products. … Continue reading Pandora’s box of chemicals

‘Trouble is the only thing we need more of’

'Trouble is the only thing we need more of' - in reference to more climate activists. Civil action is what democracy requires, and what it is built off of. If there is no alternative story, the status quo prevails. Being silent lends consent to the current practices of extractive industries, lax politicians, and lax national … Continue reading ‘Trouble is the only thing we need more of’

Symbiosis

We still have to learn how to live peacefully, not only with our fellow men but also with nature ….......the foundations of peace cannot be laid by universal prosperity, in the modern sense, because such prosperity, if attainable at all, is attainable only by cultivating such drives of human nature as greed and envy, which … Continue reading Symbiosis

Path-dependent energy as power positioning and geopolitics; renewables as nonconfrontational, locally managed, self-sufficiency

Imagine the shift from path-dependent, nonrenewable energy pathways to localized, self-sufficient community-managed renewables.  It's like a balloon that has been overinflated, casting a shadow over everything for years and years, and then realizing that there is a way to deflate this balloon. We are being challenged to change our worldview: the idea that we 'need' … Continue reading Path-dependent energy as power positioning and geopolitics; renewables as nonconfrontational, locally managed, self-sufficiency

What can the climate movement learn from nonviolent social movements?

All great social movements and social leaders learn from each other, almost as if the torch is passed and the spirit carries on.  Gandhi was inspired by the ideas of non-violence, self-reliance, civil disobedience, and equity of Tolstoy, Thoreau and John Ruskin. One of Martin Luther King Jr.'s key organizers, Bayard Rustin had been in … Continue reading What can the climate movement learn from nonviolent social movements?

Moss

Recently, Portland had an air quality scandal when the forest service discovered high levels of toxic materials (cadmium) in urban moss.The discovery was a bit by accident, as the forest service was merely testing to see if moss could serve as a bioindicator for air quality.  It was an embarrassment to the DEQ, as they … Continue reading Moss