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The pros and cons of planting trees to address glo...

A campaign to plant one trillion trees made headlines. Experts say it’s not a panacea. It seems like such a simple, straightforward, empowering idea: plant trees – a lot of trees – all over the world, and watch the planet’s temperature fall. Who doesn’t love a tree or two, even far more – the right tree in the right place? Along with the refreshing shade they provide on hot days, trees of course also store carbon, and...

How to Pay for the Progressive Policy Agenda: COVI...

Dear Concerned Citizens, journalists/social media/communications professionals, You are cordially invited to a webinar on “How to Pay for the Progressive Policy Agenda: COVID-19 Crisis Response, Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and Beyond” hosted by Brand New Congress (BNC) and the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity (GISP) on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 8 pm EDT. When: Thursday, March 19th, 2020 Time:...

What if We Only Ate Food from Local Farms?

What if We Only Ate Food from Local Farms? “We would die from starvation. It’s that simple.” Or so TV botanist James Wong recently tweeted in response to the title question, taken from a BBC feature. In this post I’m going to make the case that we wouldn’t, that it isn’t simple, and that in fact our chances of starving are probably higher – albeit in some quite unsimple ways – if we don’t start eating more food from local...

A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a ...

Grassroots Rising (Excerpt) Ready to organize and do your part to prevent ecological collapse? Grassroots Rising by Ronnie Cummins is your shovel-ready instruction manual for fixing a broken climate. Educational and inspiring, this new book shows that a worldwide grassroots Regeneration Movement based on consumer activism, farmer innovation, political change, and regenerative finance can offer realistic climate solutions...

Investors urge drillers, miners not to take advant...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of U.S. institutional investors urged energy, timber and mining companies on Wednesday not to take advantage of Trump administration rollbacks of environmental regulations, such as moving operations into public lands that are being opened up. FILE PHOTO: A logo of the Exxon Mobil Corp is seen at the Rio Oil and Gas Expo and Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 24, 2018....

More and more homeowners are renovating existing h...

With the world in an unprecedented climate crisis, many of us wonder what we can do as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint. A significant step could begin at home. In Canada, housing and other buildings account for up to 17% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, “operational emissions” — emissions from the energy used to heat, cool, light and operate buildings — accounts for 28% of global carbon...

Amazon Threatens to Fire Employees Who Speak out o...

Amazon employees who speak out about the climate crisis say they have been threatened with firing. Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ) said Thursday that the company’s legal and HR teams had questioned some of their members about public statements they had made urging Amazon to take climate action. Some also received emails saying they would be fired if they continued to speak up. [Read about Amazon employees...

Capitalism – a Self Organizing Structure That Lead...

I have often wondered why no matter how much effort well-intentioned people put into making needed changes in a system such as our economic model, the trajectory remains the same.   Specifically, the power of corporations continues to grow, their methods become more exploitative leading to increasing wealth disparity between the owners and the working class.  And our leaders are determined to keep the economy growing despite...

College Republicans push climate change

Indiana college Republican leaders have joined a first-of-its-kind effort from the youth wing of the GOP to push the party to change its stance on climate. The recently formed lobbying campaign, called Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends, promotes a specific plan that would put in place a gradually rising, revenue-neutral fee on carbon emissions. The revenue from that fee would then be returned to Americans as a...

Top 10 People-Powered Moments of 2019

To close out 2019, we wanted to do something special. It’s not just the end of the year — it’s the end of an incredible decade of climate activism and a transition to the next. The challenge ahead is enormous, but if this year has taught us anything, it’s that more of us than ever before are ready to rise. So enjoy the top 10 people-powered moments of 2019 from around the world. And for highlights from the...

20 Reasons Why 2019 Gave Us Climate Hope

There’s no question that 2019 was a wakeup call on the climate crisis. Everything from devastating extreme weather events and seeing the planet’s hottest month in recorded history to increasingly dire scientific reports coming out seemingly each week removed any doubt that this global emergency is rapidly escalating. We could hardly blame someone for feeling discouraged. Here’s what we must remember,...

The Way Climate Change Unites Us

Welcoming everybody to his farm on a searing August afternoon, Ron Rosmann lets the pleasantries go for 12 minutes before getting to the heart of things. Around him, about 70 growers sit like school kids on bales of hay, braced to hear him. Rosmann has been farming organically for 36 years on western Iowa’s fertile hills, and his voice is as gravelly as the road that runs alongside his land. You might think farming without...

After pipeline feud, Virginia nonprofit aims to re...

A weeklong boot camp in Union Hill, Virginia, trained 10 area residents on the basics of installing rooftop solar. UNION HILL, Va. — Richard Walker never misses an opportunity to broadcast what he calls his $64,000 question. Last Friday was no different. “How can we have a community solar program here where we save everybody money?” the burly 61-year-old boomed to an audience of more than 30 renewable energy enthusiasts...

Dozens of States Want to Keep America’s Broken Cli...

States still aiming to meet U.S. climate commitments will reduce emissions 20 to 27 percent below their all-time high by 2025, a new report card shows. The report’s assessments are based on a new energy-system modeling study by Resources for the Future, a centrist nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. States in the alliance will, by 2025, reduce emissions 20 to 27 percent below their all-time high, the report says. That...

There’s Evidence that Climate Activism could be Sw...

There’s evidence that climate activism could be swaying public opinion in the US Climate activists walked out of classrooms and workplaces in more than 150 countries on Friday, Sept. 20 to demand stronger action on climate change. Mass mobilizations like this have become increasingly common in recent years.I’m a scholar of environmental communication who examines how people become engaged with solving dilemmas such as...