Could Walmart Be a Model for a Socialist Future? Do megacorporations—although odious—demonstrate the massive central planning we need

BY PETER FRASE  If Walmart is already more or less a planned economy…why not just nationalize it so everyone can save money and live better? Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski want you to know that their new book, The People’s Republic of Walmart, is not a socialist defense of Walmart, a company they call “execrable.” Rather, they use the megacorporation as a …

What the Climate Strikers Want

First, the Youth Climate Strike sees the Green New Deal (GND) as the pivotal mechanism to enact climate action. (If you need to refamiliarize yourself, here’s the full text of Congress’ Green New Deal Resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.) The Youth Climate Strikers want: An equitable transition for marginalized communities that will be most impacted by climate change An equitable …

Advice on NIMBYs from a top planning director: listen carefully, address what they are afraid of, build better, and train politicians

Advice on NIMBYs from a top planning director. I value them. I listen carefully and I learn what they’re afraid of, why they say no. Often I will learn how to do yes better and address their fears, or at least mitigate them. NIMBYs are not necessarily the problem. They are behaving normally for humans. The problem is politicians and other decision-makers …

Austin plan aims to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use, especially solo commuters from 74% now to 50% by 2039

Austin, TX releases final draft of strategic mobility plan, by Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, March 6, 2019.   Austin releases their first comprehensive multimodal transportation plan.  Atlanta, another heavily car-centric city without a robust transit system, released a long-term transportation plan last year to address the city’s immediate transportation needs and account for long-term regional growth. Like Austin’s plan, Atlanta’s includes elements to get people …

Re-imagining governance. We must insist on representatives who will share governing power. Co-governance means that elected officials are actively working with our communities—not corporate lobbyists—to draft policies and to move them forward together. 

Whom candidates surround themselves with and listen to is crucial. Progressives should look at the structure of candidates’ campaigns: Who is funding them? Who are their advisors? Are they investing in real conversations with voters? We must insist on representatives who will share governing power. Co-governance means that elected officials are actively working with our communities—not corporate lobbyists—to draft policies …

Prolonged presence of green space is important: children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors

Growing up in urban environments is associated with risk of developing psychiatric disorders, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. Green space can provide mental health benefits and possibly lower risk of psychiatric disorders. This nation-wide study covering >900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing …

Denver’s 100% Clean Electricity by 2030 Commitment and 80×50 Climate Action Plan

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced in summer 2018 Denver’s Commitment to have 100% clean electricity by 2030.  Xcel committed to be providing 80% clean electricity by 2030. Denver is targeting 80% clean by 2050, across the board 80X50 CLIMATE ACTION PLAN Greetings Denver, Climate change is the single biggest issue we face that has negative impacts on both our environment …

As Himalayas melt, US kids in Juliana case, Youth v. Gov, demand a climate recovery plan, and in the interim, an injunction against fossil fuel permitting

Fossil fuels produced on federal land, which is overseen by the Interior Department resulted in 23% of the nation’s emissions in 2014, and production has increased significantly since then. The Juliana v. United States (#youthvgov) lawsuit charges that the federal government is violating the plaintiffs’ Constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by promoting an energy system that exacerbates climate change the …

Drones, Seeds, & Fires: How DroneSeed Plants Trees From The Sky

Drones, Seeds, & Fires: How DroneSeed Plants Trees From The Sky, by Erika Clugston in Clean Technica, February 8th, 2019 Tree planters are superheros, according to DroneSeed founder and CEO, Grant Canary. In one day, a person manually replanting trees will burn the caloric equivalent of two marathons. Wow. It follows that such labor-intensive work is difficult to implement on a large scale, without the time …

Climate Mobilization Emergency Resolutions passed by local governments and 10 year decarbonization plans

Hoboken, NJ and Montgomery County, MD have led the way by passing resolutions brought by TCM organizers unanimously.  You can download the full resolution texts. Download their resolutions below, and use them as a jumping off point for drafting your own. HOBOKEN, NJ RESOLUTION MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD RESOLUTION BERKELEY, CA RESOLUTION   RICHMOND, CA RESOLUTION HOBOKEN, NJ RESOLUTION OAKLAND, CA …