As the World Burns: Seeing life as expendable

The people at the helm, around the world, would watch us all burn rather than shake up the way things are, as long as they can be the last ones standing atop the wreckage. If we want to do more than watch those fires helplessly, we are going to have to demand much better, and fast. Catastrophes in the Amazon …

Hurricanes hit the poor the hardest

Eleanor Krause and Richard V. Reeves. Brookings Institute, Sept 18, 2017 Hurricane Harvey displaced more than 30,000 people, was responsible for at least 70 deaths, and is expected to cost between $70 and $108 billion. The economic damages from Hurricane Irma might be even higher.  As hurricanes and other extreme weather events become more commonplace (and as coastal population density grows), so too do the costs associated with …

White people cause the most pollution, but people of color suffer the most from it

Poor air quality contributes to 63% of all deaths caused by environmental factors. In a newly released study, they show that in the U.S., fine particulate matter air pollution “is disproportionately caused by consumption of goods and services mainly by the non-Hispanic white majority, but disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic minorities.” White people in America, on average, breathe in around …

Biden’s healthcare plan would lead to the deaths of 125,000 people in the first decade by leaving millions uninsured

Local politicians and hospital workers protest the imminent closure of Hahnemann University Hospital at a rally outside the Center City facilities in Philadelphia on July 11, 2019. (Photo: Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) As Joe Biden continued his misleading attacks on single-payer during an AARP forum in Iowa on Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign circulated a chart highlighting the sharp …

Could you live on a One Ton of Carbon Diet?

Excerpt from Treehugger.com, July 2019 It has long been a point of contention: do individual actions make a difference, or are they pointless diversions? The question always is whether individual actions are like recycling, pointless diversions to make us feel better while the big corporations keep pumping out more CO2? One new study, 1.5-Degree Lifestyles: Targets and options for reducing lifestyle …

Teen activists face US government in crucial hearing over climate trial, which accuses federal government of violating young people’s constitutional rights

Lee van der Voo in Oregon, in The Guardian, Tue 4 Jun 2019 Twenty-one youth activists faced off with the US government in an Oregon courthouse on Tuesday, where their attorneys petitioned a panel of judges to let their climate case go to trial. Until it does, their attorneys argued, fossil fuel development should be halted on public lands. The case of …

“The intimacy I shared when I thought I was losing my best friend is the intimacy we should have with the Earth…We each get to ask ourselves: what am I called forth to do at this time?

There is no removing the heat we have introduced into the oceans, nor the 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide we pump into the atmosphere every single year. There may be no changing what is happening, and far worse things are coming. How, then, shall we meet this?  We each get to ask ourselves: what am I called forth to …