Host a GND town hall in your community! Our futures depend on us transforming our economy. Also see news of huge shift in public support for and interest in strong climate change action

The Green New Deal Debate Is Coming To A Town Hall Near You: Sunrise Movement activists are planning roughly 100 town halls and a 10-stop nationwide tour CALLING ON EVERYONE TO HOST A GREEN NEW DEAL TOWN HALL IN THEIR COMMUNITY. We’ll gather in libraries, university campuses, churches, union halls, and living rooms to learn about the ambition and promise of …

Recognizing the role that people and their industry have played in securing local livelihoods, making workers feel valued, is crucial. Narrative of diversification rather than “transition” and “justice” was more effective than this stress on moving away from a negative past

“The old policy prescriptions of corporate tax cuts and deregulation .. are particularly ill-suited to the challenges we face today. And simply waiting for the next boom, as our governments have done for decades, is not an option because it probably won’t happen. Like it or not, our future is going to be defined by change. So, the priority needs …

Nobody likes being told what to do. How can we have productive conversations about climate change, conversations that result in the people being more engaged, informed, and willing to do something different? Dan Rubin’s 11-step guide

By Dan Rubin, Medium.com, March 2019 As a teacher, I always try to listen to what my students teach me. I used to poll my classes and ask everyone, “Who here tries to change their partner?” Most everyone would raise their hand. Then I’d ask, “Who likes it when their partner tries to change them?” Nobody ever raised their hand, …

A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Helping students recognize the power they have—collectively or individually—to make the world a better place

“We want students to recognize the power they have—collectively or individually—to make the world a better place. But it’s wrong to direct students primarily toward individual solutions to create change.  In his Chapter Five essay, Derrick Jensen confronts this problematic celebration of individual action: Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for …

Surprisingly high levels of public support for emergency declarations. Both realistic assessment (fear) and hope are needed and effective

Strong fear messages have been found to be more effective than weak fear messages; when fear is combined with hope, this can create an emotional drive that motivates a change of habit. MAJORITY SUPPORT FOR DECLARING A CLIMATE EMERGENCY By David Spratt, Resilience.org March 13, 2019 | ORGANIZE! In five countries —  Australia, the USA, Canada, the UK and Switzerland  — an impressive 382 …

How Jared Polis Gets What He Wants: A Portrait in Four Parts: “Jared is the person that has a big vision for something that challenges the status quo. It’s never too far-fetched. It can be done with the right people, with the right resources”

Rutt Bridges, who in 2005 briefly ran as a Democrat for governor, says he sees Polis as more of a pragmatist than his reputation suggests.  “I think in a lot of ways, he’s the same kind of Democrat that Hickenlooper is,” Bridges says. “He’s capable of bringing that business perspective that a lot of other Democrats aren’t able to see as …

The number of leaders who are at least “somewhat” populist has roughly doubled in the past 20 years after leaders of some of the world’s largest countries – India, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Turkey – began using populist rhetoric

What is populism?  Populists tend to frame politics as a battle between the virtuous ‘ordinary’ masses and a nefarious or corrupt elite – and insist that the general will of the people must always triumph. The Guardian is adopting the classic definition of populism proposed by political scientist Cas Mudde. Populism, he says, is often combined with a “host” ideology, which …

Co-ops Need Leaders, Too 

Co-ops Need Leaders, Too by Nathan Schneider Originally posted on Medium on 21st January 2019. I frequently encounter a notion, among those drawn to cooperatives, that a cooperative should be an amorphous, faceless collective in which old-world skills and norms of leadership can be discarded. How does this work out for them? Not well. Usually one of two entirely predictable things happens as …

Former defense leaders warn White House it’s ‘dangerous’ to downplay climate change

Former defense leaders warn White House it’s ‘dangerous’ to downplay climate change, NPR A group of 58 former military and national security officials have written to Donald Trump to warn against his plans for a committee to dispute administration climate change assessments, reports NPR. The letters says: “It is dangerous to have national security analysis conform to politics. Our officials’ …