The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change 

The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change by Gleb Raygorodetsky “The Indigenous communities and their traditional territories are the islands of biocultural diversity in the ever-rising sea of development and urbanization. The Archipelago of Hope takes readers on a journey to explore the inextricable links between Indigenous cultures and their lands, and how they form the foundation …

The Case for Reparations Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and …

The destruction of the Earth is a crime. It should be prosecuted

Businesses should be liable for the harm they do. Polly Higgins has launched a push to make ecocide an international crime.  It would force anyone contemplating large-scale vandalism to ask themselves, ‘Will I end up in the Hague for this?’  She says: “there are millions who care so much and feel so powerless about the future, and I would love …

Free Public Transit, and Why We Don’t Pay to Ride Elevators

The official release date for Free Public Transit is July 20th, 2018. You can access here a free sample of the book Free Public Transit: And Why We Don’t Pay To Ride Elevators, including the front matter, introductions, table of contents, the first chapter, and the notes on the contributors. ********************** “We don’t pay for elevators, do we? And rightly so. The very idea …

 It’s time to protect pensions from the rapid decline of the fossil fuel industry in addition to their liability and lack of ethics

In June, 2018 Senate Bill 200 was passed in order to address the massive unfunded liabilities of Colorado’s state pension program, the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA). The state’s public pension system has at least $32 billion in unfunded obligations which are being addressed through cuts to retirement benefits for public sector workers along with increases in contributions from taxpayers …

Take It From an Economist, Medicare for All Is the Most Sensible Way to Fix Health Care

By Gerald Friedman, USA TODAY Take It From an Economist, Medicare for All Is the Most Sensible Way to Fix Health Care, April 08, 2019  I’ve spent decades studying US health care. Time to get real: Medicare for All is the only reasonable path to controlling costs and covering everyone. Commercial insurance companies are nothing more than middle men. They add no value to our …

State Energy Commission, Resilience, Pollution and Cost Leading to More Microgrids in California

Utilities tend to rely on diesel-fed mobile generators for emergency service. But CCAs are demonstrating that “low- or no-carbon alternatives to mobile generation sources, such as microgrids and associated storage, are just as reliable, feasible, and cost-effective in many circumstances, and also provide a long-term solution,” said a joint filing by solar energy company Sunrun and Peninsula Clean Energy Authority …

The next frontier in fighting climate change – your cooktop/kitchen stove: California is looking for ways to phase out fossil gas, not just from power plants but also from stoves, water heaters and furnaces

A recent report, the California Energy Commission described a “growing consensus that building electrification is the most viable and predictable path to zero-emission buildings.” Renewable gas, the report said, “can be a part of the solution to reducing [greenhouse gas] emissions from buildings, but the role is likely to be constrained by limitations on renewable gas availability, cost, and ongoing methane …

Investors are pushing companies to reckon with their environmental impacts.

Carl Segerstrom, High Country News, March 27, 2019 Imagine a Walmart semi-truck rolling down the interstate with its back doors open, plasma-screen televisions tumbling out onto the highway, crashing through windshields and causing chaos. “It would be ridiculous,” said Jonas Kron, a senior vice president for Trillium Asset Management, a socially responsible investment firm. Company ownership would demand better trucking practices, …

ACLU, IEN, and Sierra Club challenge to South Dakota laws criminalizing protest

Aclusd.org April 8, 2019 | RESIST! The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of South Dakota filed a federal lawsuit challenging three South Dakota laws threaten criminal penalties of up to 25 years in prison and $50,000 fines and/or civil liabilities for protesters and social justice organizations that encourage or organize protests, particularly protests against the Keystone XL pipeline. The lawsuit was filed …