Tag: activism

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Laboring Within a ‘World of Wounds’

One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. — Aldo Leopold I recently received a review copy of a book about the relationship between global environmental crisis and individual and societal mental health/illness. As a person both committed to living […]

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Agenda 21: a conspiracy theory puts sustainability in the crosshairs

Could right-wing attacks on a non-binding UN sustainability resolution put sustainable business at risk in some states? Green space, clean energy, increased urban density…and global dictatorship. It’s hard to see how all of these things could connect, but — according to a popular right wing conspiracy theory — a UN […]

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Beyond Doomsday

How environmental activism can eradicate the power of bad news Greg Harman Never before has the doomsday prophet been so closely in line with mainstream science. Every major environmental messenger these days—including virtually all scientists who study climate change—is reading from the same script. What they have to say is […]

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On the morality of extinction

Why the climate movement needs a crash course in philosophy Greg Harman The environmental community has long illustrated the seriousness of climate change with intimidating facts and figures. The now-infamous hockey stick graph twining rising heat with rising greenhouse gases defined Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth. And though the science backing […]

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Election 2014: Climate change versus the oil boom

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Work boots towered above Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott as he moved down rows of shelving at Justin Boots’ distribution center in Fort Worth. The campaign ad promised a “new era of economic opportunity.” And the staunchly conservative gubernatorial candidate used the setting to make his message clear: […]

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Does Climate Change Require Our ‘Radical And Immediate De-growth’?

From Naomi Klein: How Science Is Telling Us All To Revolt In December 2012, a pink-haired complex systems researcher named Brad Werner made his way through the throng of 24,000 earth and space scientists at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, held annually in San Francisco. This year’s […]

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Selfish Monologue: On Reassessing Committments & Refining Attentions

Yesterday, I sent out my fourth email newsletter since devoting myself full time to the freelance life four months ago. I wrote: Daniel Katz (right), co-founder of the Rainforest Alliance, chastised the national green groups at SXSW ECO last week for failing to network in the nation’s grassroots organizations — […]

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Valero’s Dirty Record Spills Onto Charity Golf Green

Greg Harman I’ve been known to tap out some disgusted words about major SA employer, Valero Energy. There was a time the petrochemical company was buying (and begging) its way into the biodiesel universe and unwary and optimistic enviros may have thought the nation’s largest refiner could be planning to transform itself […]