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Investigating Environmental Racism

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:44:00 GMT


In Nova Scotia, minority and low-income communities are disproportionately located near degraded environments. An ongoing research project raises awareness of the issue, while also mobilizing affected residents to action.

Whole Systems, Humility, and Empathy—Thoughts about a Sustainable and Resilient Politics

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:41:00 GMT


If we were to consider the recent election and its aftermath as a dry run or a sort of stress-test for the way the more liberal half of America will respond to the emerging climate crisis, the outlook is mixed, at best.

Aging in Community: Inside the Senior Cohousing Movement

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:04:00 GMT


For seniors who want to age in a supportive community environment, cohousing is an exciting alternative to traditional options such as retirement homes and assisted living centers.

Standing Rock: Cautiously Optimistic as International Solidarity Builds

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:31:00 GMT


This morning, the water flows a little easier in the Cannonball River.

Climate Science Communication: Trust begets Trust

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:15:27 GMT


Why are we failing at communicating the danger of climate change?

Film Review: ‘Qu’est-ce qu’on attend?‘ (‘What are we waiting for?’)

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:58:00 GMT


In which we review ‘Qu’est-ce qu’on attend?‘, Marie-Monique Robin’s wonderful new film about Transition in the village of Ungersheim.

Journey to Earthland: Branching Scenarios

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:27:00 GMT


Whither Earthland? The only certainty about the future is surprise, the one constant change

Waiting for the Climacteric: or, the Return of the Greentard

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:50:00 GMT


...I want to broach some wider energy-related issues with the help of two acquaintances of this site, before narrowing the scope to agricultural energy in a future post.

The Great Deceleration

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 10:14:00 GMT


The 'Great Acceleration' of economic activity in the past 60 years has led to a series of interlocking crises. Here's why a Great Deceleration is necessary for us "to live again with affection and beauty on this earth."

The Real Standing Rock Victory Is This: “Inevitable” Is Not What It Used to Be

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:43:00 GMT


The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has defied history.

Who's afraid of a recount?

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:30:00 GMT


In a country where politicians and other civic leaders constantly tell us that "every vote counts," we are about to see that not every vote does count.

New Zine Highlights the Solidarity Economy in St. Louis

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:49:00 GMT


It's hard to convey what the sharing movement is about without describing how it looks in practice.

Decolonisation in Europe: Sámi Musician Sofia Jannok Points to Life beyond Colonialism

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:00:22 GMT


I was able to interview Sofia Jannok to explore the connection between her music, the decolonisation of Sámi Indigenous land and of Europe, and the necessity of Indigenous rights and Indigenous peoples’ perspectives for all of humanity. 

The Curse of the Modern Office

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:57:01 GMT


The information society promises to dematerialise society and make it more sustainable, but modern office and knowledge work has itself become a large and rapidly growing consumer of energy and other resources.

Where Citizens Can Run for Office Without Big Money—and Win

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:10:00 GMT


State representative Joyce McCreight never thought she would run for office.

Moving Slowly and Deliberately at Standing Rock: A Report on Life in the Camp

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 10:18:00 GMT


I am moving slowly and deliberately and thinking about the world we need to build together, on a much larger scale.

The Beginning is Near: The Deep North, Evictions and Pipeline Deadlines

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:13:36 GMT


Standing Rock is an unpredicted history lesson for all of us.

The Centre-Left’s Narrative on Climate Change has Convinced No One

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:37:00 GMT


The election of Donald Trump reflects the unraveling of the centre-left across the West, and with it a fragile consensus on climate change.

Portugal Announces World’s First Nationwide Participatory Budgeting Project

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:18:00 GMT


Participatory budgeting is becoming increasingly popular, with more than 1,500 programs worldwide.

Is America Ready for a Municipalist Movement?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:52:00 GMT


The mass protests across the United States in response to Donald Trump’s presidential election victory constitute a palpable and growing potential for the formation and constructive utilization of various anti-fascist fronts and coalitions.

Consciousness and the New World Order

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:02:00 GMT


In the previous post on Chaos, Havoc, and the American Abyss, we began a discussion about the work of Peter Pogany, and how it relates to the situation we now find ourselves in with the pending Trump administration here in the U.S.

COP22: Can we UNF*CK the UNFCCC?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:56:00 GMT


But can any of us imagine how frustrating beyond words it must be for someone from a small island state or a drought-stricken African nation, a going-underwater Asian country, or a progressive Latin American nation to be at the annual two week-long COP 22 [Twenty-second meeting of the Conference of the Parties] meeting of the UNFCCC – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – and not be able to do anything.

Why the Office Needs a Typewriter Revolution

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:36:00 GMT


Artificial cooling and digital equipment are the main drivers behind the quickly growing energy use of modern office work.

Standing Rock Braces For Eviction: Will You Keep Fighting With Us?

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:15:00 GMT

(image) As people from around the country continue to converge in Standing Rock, and less than a week after police blasted water protectors with water cannons in freezing temperatures while gassing them in a confined space, the Army Corps of Engineers has lived up to a long-held tradition of the United States government — the displacement of Native peoples.

The Places in Between

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:39:00 GMT


One of my favorite spots on our farm is not so much a destination as it is a place to pause along the way.