1.5 to Stay Alive, Says a Landmark UN Climate Report: A 2 degrees C rise would be catastrophic, and avoiding it requires radical change and climate justice.

By Tom Athanasiou, OCTOBER 9, 2018 Boats on the dried lake Poopo affected by climate change in Bolivia, September 1, 2017. (Reuters / David Mercado) Independent News Is More Important Than Ever. Sign up to get the best of The Nationin your inbox every weekday. You will receive occasional promotional offers for programs that support The Nation’s journalism. You can read our Privacy Policy here. There is plenty …

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy – Articles and Presentations

Sean Sweeney Ph.D. – writings and media           RECENT ARTICLES Why stopping Eskom’s closures can be good for both unions and the environment, Amandla! Magazine (South Africa), May 2017 Pandering to the Predator: Labor and Energy Under Trump,  New Labor Forum, Feb 3, 2017 Standing Rock Solid with the Frackers: Are the Trades Putting Labor’s Head in the Gas Oven?, …

2019 is the year to embrace energy democracy – or face social and climate breakdown

The private sector has proved it can’t lead the transition to a low-carbon economy. It’s time for something new.  Market-focused policies have constrained the roll-out of renewables and other climate friendly solutions – which are restricted according to their ability to generate profit for private interests. And they have resulted in growing energy poverty. The missing link is energy democracy. Energy …

Gus Speth: After 40 Years of Government Inaction on Climate, Have We Finally Turned a Corner?

Policy expert Gus Speth talks about Our Children’s Trust’s lawsuit and how the US government has endangered future well-being, violated the government’s public trust responsibility and citizens’ constitutional rights, explaining the U.S.’s longtime knowledge of climate change even as it pushed fossil fuels. But now we’ve got a fighting chance. By Fran Korten, Yes! Magazine, posted Feb 22, 2019 In 2015, 21 young people …

A study on gentrification made 12 recommendations for Denver. Three years later, here’s where the city stands.

FEB 4, 2019 GROWTH The Colorado Sun — kevin@coloradosun.com More than two years after it issued its report, the city has implemented a variety of measures to address concerns identified in the study. Some programs, such as jobs associated with highway construction, fall under the purview of the state or another jurisdiction. The Sun asked the city’s Office of Economic Development for a …