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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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’

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?

Time to write some letters !

We are all connected, 6 degrees of separation or less. There is oftentimes a false sense that some people are unapproachable. Well, if they're living, approach them! People can always change their minds and their ways. It is defeatist to think someone, something is a lost cause.... There are numerous ways to get involved with … Continue reading Time to write some letters !

There is no ‘away’

One of the themes that is covered in Klein's This Changes Everything is that in our world of interconnectedness, globalization, oil dominance, extractive industries, and path dependent non-renewable energy, there is no 'away' from this system. In the far corners of the globe, the places thought most remote and pristine, communities find themselves on the … Continue reading There is no ‘away’

Finally a new take on the American dream of expansion: Roadways that function as green energy

It has been slow to materialize, but now that this green energy prototype will be tested in the midWest (of all places!) and on the most famous highway in the US, route 66.  The roadways will create jobs (needed manufacturing jobs in the US); help foster the green energy transition; pay for itself through the … Continue reading Finally a new take on the American dream of expansion: Roadways that function as green energy