National Parks Should Be Controlled By Indigenous Tribes

April 15, 2021 by SAM YELLOWHORSE KESLERT ISTEN· 4:394-Minute ListenAdd toPLAYLIST Download, Embed, Transcript The National Parks Service has often been called “America’s Best Idea.” But David Treuer argues that, because that came at the cost of Native American homeland, they deserve to take control. AILSA CHANG, HOST: The National Parks System has often been called America’s best idea, but that …

Indigenous communities are leading worldwide push to recognize legal ‘personhood’ rights of rivers, lakes and mountains

By Jillian Kestler-D’Amours 3 Apr 2021 Montreal, Canada – Jean-Charles Pietacho says the belief that nature is a living thing that must be respected, has been at the heart of the Innu people’s way of life for generations. But now, that idea has been applied in a new way as the Innu Council of Ekuanitshit in February recognised the Magpie River, a 300km …

Jamundi, Colombia: Trade union leads defense of water as a human right

Jamundi, Colombia: Trade union leads defense of water as a human right, Transformative Cities,  February 25, 2019 In the municipality of Jamundí, Colombia, local politicians were pushing to privatize the water service provided by public utility ACUAVALLE by waging a media campaign to discredit it. If successful, this would have seriously affected access to water for local people, 94% of whom are …

False Facts from History Class

False fact: Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492. Reality: By now you probably know that everything you were taught about Columbus is unreliable. For example, contrary to what you learned in school, the explorer did not discover America when he landed there in 1492; the land had previously been inhabited for centuries by Native Americans. Plus, many scholars believe that other explorers …

What is liberty or human freedom?

Two notions of liberty revisited – or how to disentangle Liberty and Slavery, by David Graeber 19 May 2013 https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/openeconomy/two-notions-of-liberty-revisited-or-how-to-disentangle-liberty-and-slavery/ The modern liberal concept of liberty has roots in Roman law and the Roman understanding of the master and the slave. We need to unpick that heritage to imagine a better basis for our political aspirations. Our idea of human …

To Be Energy-Efficient, Brains Predict Their Perceptions

Results from neural networks support the idea that brains are “prediction machines” — and that they work that way to conserve energy. https://www.quantamagazine.org/to-be-energy-efficient-brains-predict-their-perceptions-20211115/ How our brain, a three-pound mass of tissue encased within a bony skull, creates perceptions from sensations is a long-standing mystery. Abundant evidence and decades of sustained research suggest that the brain cannot simply be assembling sensory …

Electric aircraft calculations

By Paul Callister and Robert McLachlan, Clean Technica, Oct 2021, https://cleantechnica.com/2021/10/22/electric-aircraft-coming-soon-to-save-us-or-all-hype-greenwash/ It’s not easy keeping up with the rapidly changing world of electric aircraft. It can look like a blizzard of breathless media coverage, corporate press releases, animations, venture capital deals, and public offerings. But as the launch dates creep closer, companies have been releasing more details, which makes it possible …

Intentionally igniting racial anxiety to get or maintain political dominance

Excerpt from Charles M. Blow, NYTimes: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/03/opinion/youngkin-virginia-race.htmlf …the frenzy around critical race theory is just the latest in a long line of manufactured outrages meant to tap into this same fear, and the strategy has proved depressingly effective. There was the fear of “race-mixing” among children — including the notion that Black boys might begin dating white girls following the …

Toward participatory democracy, starting with 6 broad transitions to pursue locally

6 broad transitions in local policy and practice that can help local authorities advance and embed local participatory democracy: Equalising participation opportunities for residents. Building sustained participation journeys for residents. Delegating decision-making authority to residents. Embedding participation as standard practice. Engaging residents in partnership with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Securing broad support for participation, within and beyond public …

Carsharing members reduce their average individual transportation energy use and GHG emissions by half

Karen Kockelman, 2016 Carsharing members reduce their average individual transportation energy use and GHG emissions by approximately 51% upon joining a carsharing organization. Collectively, these individual-level effects translate to roughly 5% savings in all household transport-related energy use and GHG emissions in the U.S. These energy and emissions savings can be primarily attributed to mode shifts and avoided travel, followed …