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HOLY SH*T! 7 pandemic responses better than hoarding toilet paper

We’re facing down a global pandemic. If you find yourself saying “Holy shit! What do I do?!” you’re not alone. Beautiful Trouble’s irreverent guide to activism in the time of pandemic has your back. Rae Abileah and Nadine Bloch A renegade bug is showing how deeply broken our system is. […]

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Poetry as Citizen Science

Environmental writer Mobi Warren reflects on the science and pedagogy of nature poetry. EDITOR’S NOTE: In the fall of 2019, environmental writer Mobi Warren taught a community-based writing class called “The Poet as Citizen Scientist.” This essay—originally published in the February 2020 issue of Voices de la Luna, a special […]

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Winning on Climate Requires Radical Demilitarization

Why we can’t avert climate catastrophe without demilitarization, dismantling the world’s militarized power structures. Andrew Metheven Over the last few weeks and months, grassroots activism has pushed climate change into the media in the United Kingdom. In particular, the Extinction Rebellion movement has spread from the UK to countries around […]

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Degrowth: the transformation needed to combat climate breakdown

Previous global ‘efforts’ to tackle climate breakdown have failed dramatically, because they have been based on a fundamentally flawed economic paradigm: growth. Joe Herbert The concept of growth is an altar at which economists, politicians and businesspeople across the political spectrum have worshipped for decades. Unfortunately, where the planet’s long-term […]

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Threats to Indigenous Rights Dangerous for World Climate

Though critical to forest protection and reversing the climate crisis, indigenous rights are under attack and losing the fight in Bolivia against agricultural interests. Iokiñe Rodríguez and Mirna Inturias Earth’s forests oxygenate the atmosphere and store vast quantities of planet-warming carbon dioxide (CO2). But research suggests that the health of […]

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VIDEO: How Border Enforcement Hurts Children

Hurts may not always be visible, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t intended, panelists say. Greg Harman This week, a handful of parents were allowed to fly into the United States from Guatemala City to claim their children. Not that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wanted to release their […]

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On the Rights of Wild Rice

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Legally Recognized the Rights of Wild Rice. Here’s Why. Editor’s Note: Originally published last year in YES! Magazine, this piece by Indigenous writer, scholar, and environmental justice thinker Winona Laduke lays out an important framework that has greatly informed our work at Deceleration–namely, the […]

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Year in Review: Latin America’s ‘Revolt of the Dispossessed’

In 2019, the people’s struggle against neoliberalism gained ground across Latin America. Roger Harris A year ago, John Bolton, Trump’s short-lived national security advisor, invoked the 1823 Monroe Doctrine making explicit what has long been painfully implicit: the dominions south of the Rio Grande are the empire’s “backyard.” Yet 2019 […]

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Decelerator of the Year (Or, Type Slowly)

In the gentle ferocity of Manuel de la O lies a manual for survivance. Marisol Cortez This Solstice of 2019, as the earth sinks into deepest cold and dark, and as we close out San Antonio’s “Decade of Downtown,” we recognize Mr. Manuel de la O as Decelerator of the […]

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Why Despair May Be The Greatest Threat To The Planet

Greg Harman For decades now, researchers, academics, policymakers, and journalists have been talking about the climate crisis and its global impacts. They talk of coal and gas, transportation, and agriculture. They talk of rising seas, stronger storms, vanishing ice, and wildfire. They don’t talk about their grief. We regularly read […]

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Vets Have Long Been Leaders of US Peace Movement

Michael Messner If President Donald Trump had gotten his way, the nation would have celebrated the centennial of the World War I armistice last year on Nov. 11 with a massive military parade in Washington, D.C. But that didn’t happen. When the Pentagon announced the president’s decision to cancel the […]

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‘City of Refuge’ Offers Critical Model of Resistance

‘We will do our best to hide them.’ Refugees are fleeing, hate groups are rising, the far-right is winning elections around the world. Those who want to do something about it are going to need a model for resistance. And there may be none better than the story of a […]