David Suzuki: Not looking away…We can and must stop dramatically cut down on our use of fossil fuels and plastics

By David Suzuki, EcoWatch, 24 May 2017 People who deny that humans are wreaking havoc on the planet’s life-support systems astound me. When confronted with the obvious damage we’re doing to the biosphere—from climate change to water and air pollution to swirling plastic patches in the oceans—some dismiss the reality or employ logical fallacies to discredit the messengers.  It’s one …

Zach Shahan: Trump + Russia Chaos Is Tiny Preview Of Carbon Bubble Popping

By Zach Shahan, Clean Technica, May 28th, 2017  The Trump & Russian chaos — no matter how extensive it is and where it goes — is a tiny preview of the massive disruption we have coming as the global carbon bubble pops. As much as we hope for and need the global pollution industry to collapse (Earth’s wonderful climate will turn …

Chinese company offers free wind power training for coal miners in Wyoming

By Steve Hanley, Clean Technica, May 29th, 2017  When we think of coal country in the United States, we think of West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. But Wyoming is where the majority of American coal comes from. In fact, the Cowboy State, as it calls itself, produces four times as much coal as West Virginia. That also means it has …

How Open Data Can Revolutionize a Society in Crisis

By Beth Simone Noveck, Professor of Engineering at NYU, Visiting Professor of Law at the Yale Law School and Director of The Governance Lab, Brink News. 28 March 2017 UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi presents a map displaying data on the moving of refugees during a session entitled ‘Refugee Crisis: The Big Picture’ at the Congress hall on the closing day …

Encouraging and Sustaining Innovation in Government

By Beth Noveck and Stefaan Verhulst (Jan 2016) According to a 2015 survey by Pew Research Center, the public believes existing democratic institutions are failing. Just 20 percent say the federal government runs its programs well, and 59 percent say the government is in need of “very major reform”—up 22 points since 1997(1). With rates of trust in government at …

RevolucionCR created a new space that allows citizens to directly engage and assume the responsibility for proposing, designing, and implementing major reforms that politicians, both in the government and political parties, have not been able to make

 “People who think about social change in traditional political terms cannot begin to imagine the changes that lie ahead. Conventional reformers cast their programs in terms of national policies, or in terms of laws and central planning. But in the end, what will shape the future is a creative potential that inheres in the new technologies of electronic communication and …

Fossil fuel industry seeks to withdraw from Our Children’s Trust case, avoid discovery

“Trial of the century”  By Chelsea Harvey, December 1, 2016, Washington Post The U.S. Capitol Building stands past the natural-gas-and-coal-fueled Capitol Power Plant, which provides heating and cooling to Capitol Hill facilities, including House and Senate office buildings. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) A few weeks ago, a federal judge in Oregon made headlines when she ruled that a groundbreaking climate lawsuit will proceed to …

Deep trouble: how to improve the health of the ocean

The ocean sustains humanity. Humanity treats it with contempt 27 May 2017, The Economist May 27th 2017 EARTH is poorly named. The ocean covers almost three-quarters of the planet. It is divided into five basins: the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian, the Arctic and the Southern oceans. Were all the planet’s water placed over the United States, it would form …

From Ego to Eco: Designing Regenerative Cultures

By Daniel Wahl, author of Designing Regenerative Cultures.  Permaculture A new generation of designers are applying ecologically inspired design to agriculture, architecture, community planning, cities, enterprises, economics and ecosystem regeneration. Join them to co-create diverse regenerative cultures in the transition towards a regenerative society. Humanity’s impact needs to shift from degeneration to regeneration before the middle of this century. We will …