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What Is It Like to Live Without Running Water? Detroit Families Know

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:20:18 +0000

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Each day, Catherine Caldwell hauls three gallons of bottled water to her bathroom and two to her kitchen. She and her family use the water for flushing the toilet, washing hands, and— after heating it on the stove—cleaning dishes and cooking. For bathing, they head to her mother-in-law’s house a few blocks away.

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The Carbon Code: Imperfect Answers to Impossible Questions

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:13:56 +0000

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“How can we reconcile our desire to save the planet from the worst effects of climate change with our dependence on the systems that cause it? How can we demand that industry and governments reduce their pollution, when ultimately we are the ones buying the polluting products and contributing to the emissions that harm our shared biosphere?”

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A Design School for Planetary Collapse

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:12:51 +0000

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Design schools all over the world are failing their students by ignoring the most important challenges they will face as they live through a time of unprecedented disruption and ecological collapse. Let me state plainly — we need a Design School for Planetary Collapse.

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Trump is Slow to Fill Key Agency Positions: Is this a Good Thing for the Environment?

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:11:47 +0000

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Administrative incompetence and an unwillingness to operate within established practices may not be impeachable offenses. I can guarantee it is likely to turn out to be political suicide. For climate defenders and supporters of a more moderate national agenda, that may not be such a bad outcome.

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The Banality of the Anthropocene

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:03:07 +0000

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There are plenty of troubling things about the Anthropocene. But to my mind, one of its most troubling dimensions is the sheer number of people it fails to trouble.

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This Revolution Will Not Be Centralized: Mid-Atlantic Hub Creates ‘Egalitarian Spokescouncil’

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:19:57 +0000

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We demand egalitarian treatment of others, and for others. Yet, do our own daily actions indicate that we value each other’s humanity equally? How does the Transition movement square with egalitarian, non-hierarchical practice?

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Make the Anthill Great Again: The Ant Colony and the Human One

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:18:23 +0000

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In history, we see the widespread attempt to place a single human being – that is, a single brain – in charge of the activity of the state. That sometimes leads to attempts of planning for the future of the whole colony, but it often backfires creating disasters. A single human brain cannot manage the immense complexity of a human state.

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A House on Shaky Ground: Eight Structural Flaws of the Western Worldview

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:21:42 +0000

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Our global civilization is facing the threat of its own Big One in the form of climate change, resource depletion, and species extinction. If our worldview is built on shaky foundations, we need to know about it: we need to find the cracks and repair them before it’s too late.

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What is a Liberal?

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:02:24 +0000

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So how can we define a Liberal? I would start with John Stewart Mill’s definition in On Liberty. Accordingly, a Liberal is someone who believes the following: people are and should be free to do whatever they like up to the point at which it keeps others from doing as they like.

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Resilience, Community Action and Societal Transformation: Christopher Lyon

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:50:44 +0000

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For me, resilience is much more complicated than the capacity to ‘bounce back’ from or respond to changes or ‘disturbances’ or other similar definitions. To be useful, resilience must be about what people are doing with the idea, how they know it and apply it, and what happens when they do.

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Tearing Down the Walls that Keep Us from Finding Common Ground

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:14:13 +0000

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If social movements are to continue to be a “means for ordinary people to act on their deepest values,” as Moyer thought they did, then we need to ask questions about our current culture and the dynamics that are creating more walls than ever before. Are there, in fact, universal values that are widely held today?

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