Oceans are beyond suffering from plastics and pollutants

Recent, disconcerting studies on the state of ocean dystopia: -Plastics taken up in the food chain, and found in fish sold in the supermarket -Baby fish have been found to prefer eating plastic in plastic laden water than their natural food source (like junk food for a teenager)  -Radiation from Fukushima has made its way … Continue reading Oceans are beyond suffering from plastics and pollutants

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Power to the People: Ongoing responsibilities of Civic Engagement

Happening in Portland right now: "Massive Anti-Trump Rally." Happy for the civic awakening, just wish it could have been more pre-election support and momentum for Bernie vs. post-election frustration and protesting. Can this outflow of energy be also turned into post-election citizens organizing for climate justice, energy transitions, and green jobs across the community? What … Continue reading Power to the People: Ongoing responsibilities of Civic Engagement

The inverse is what we want

            All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking. - Nietzsche In car commuting we separate ourselves from each other and our environment. The creative flow of ideas is cut. We stagnate our minds and stifle our collective imagination. Instead of eye contact we have aggression, instead of daydreaming through … Continue reading The inverse is what we want

‘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

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?