A Patchwork of Imagery Hints at the Hidden Complexity of the American Prairie

onEarth  Mar. 31, 2019 Terry Evans’s Ancient Prairies project By Clara Chaisson Photographer Terry Evans has been piecing together prairies for more than 40 years. After she first encountered the plant life growing in these iconic midwestern habitats in 1978, Evans memorized their “names like poems”: the silverleaf scurfpea, a dark-violet wildflower; the prickly pink catclaw sensitive briar; the white orchid known …

Principles and Statutes of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

In a 2018 climate rights case brought by young people in Colombia, the Colombian Supreme Court recognized the rights of communities, future generations, and nature to a healthy climate. Finding that deforestation causes imminent and serious damage to all Colombians of present and future generations, the Court sought to protect this vital ecosystem by recognizing the Colombian Amazon as an “entity …

Going home and asking: what has happened here? What should have happened here? What is here now? What is left of the original natural endowment of this place?

In a 2009 commencement address at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Berry encouraged students to consider whether they might be better and more responsible citizens if they embraced the concept of homecoming rather than the desire for upward mobility, which lures them to places to which they have little connection, to participate in a destructive and extractive economy. He even offered a glimpse of what …

Pope Francis agrees, water is life and a basic human right. Promote life by protecting, sharing clean water, allowing it to remain “chaste” as St. Francis described it

Where there is water there is life, making it possible for societies to arise and advance.  Our common home needs to be protected.  St. Francis tells us, water “serves with humility” and is “chaste”, when we do not pollute it. – The Pope speaks at seminar on “The human right to water”- Feb 24, 2017: “Where There is Water There is …

Land trusts fight displacement: Subsidy at the front end provides affordable housing in the long run. Community land trusts take housing and land off the market

“By sharing land, the city can retain its identity by becoming a more economically sustainable place to live” Some Groups In L.A. Are Turning To Community Land Trusts For Affordable Housing, on NPR.org, All Things Considered, by JESSE HARDMAN, 4 Feb 2019 A one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles is unaffordable for many residents. Some community groups are trying an approach they say …

A vision of a just society and collective well-being over individual benefit: Ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution

A Spark of Hope: The ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution, by Hilary Klein, Portside.org February 19, 2019  In 1998, Zapatista women in Amador Hernadez demanded daily that the Mexican military leave the village communal landholdings, Tim Russo What are the lessons of the EZLN’s revolutionary struggle for Indigenous autonomy, a quarter-century after declaring war on Mexico and global capitalism? January 1, …

Five trends to watch in community and economic development in 2019 + Create a Solidarity Economy Giving Project

1. Opportunity Zones will take effect in force No surprise here. Opportunity Zones were the big community development story in 2018 and will continue to be in 2019. Proposed regulations should be finalized this year, creating more confidence for investors. Opportunity Funds are already being set up, and investment volumes will grow rapidly. But because of variation in the economic standing of Opportunity Zones, the …

People-centered land governance, campaign and UN declaration for people working in rural areas: Strategy, indicators, and good news stories

Up to 2.5 billion people, including 370 million Indigenous People, depend on land and natural resources that are held, used or managed collectively.  They protect more than 50% of the world’s land surface, but have formally recognized ownership over just 10%* *Who Owns the World’s Land? RRI, 2015 This leaves 1/3 of the world’s population vulnerable to dispossession by more powerful actors. Download Download Download Download Download …

The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Looks Like

You might say that producing the disaster of global climate change has taken a lot of economic policy.  Reversing direction will take the same. Since environmental policy can happen only through economic policy, there is no avoiding decisions about what sorts of work there will be, and in which industries. It’s unsettling, but maybe a little less so when you consider …

Progressive tax policies Democrats need

ANNIE LOWREY, The Atlantic, Feb 5, 2018 https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/here-are-progressive-tax-policies-democrats-need/581830/ Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to raise the top marginal income-tax rate to 70 percent; for every dollar a person earns over $10 million, Ocasio-Cortez suggests, he should be left with 30 cents. Senator Bernie Sanders, a likely 2020 candidate, wants to expand the estate tax. And Senator Elizabeth Warren, a definite 2020 candidate, …