Globeville, Elyria, Swansea issues and efforts in Colorado

Some history of GSE from a journalist ( Cara DeGette) . Journalist view ( Michele Swenson) that ties it all together. Alternative to I-70: https://youtu.be/YzWyb6LsLrc Storm Water Drain & I-70: https://vimeo.com/169650756 (ties it together) EPA VB/I-70 Site: https://cumulis.epa.gov/supercpad/cursites/csitinfo.cfm?id=0801646 CDOT Settlement for GSE /I-70: https://earthjustice.org/news/press/2018/settlement-reached-on-central-70-project Note that the lawyer for CDOT on this settlement is now at CDPHE  the health assessment is gearing up …

The left on both sides of the Atlantic must urgently get stuck into community organising, movement building and political education around economic alternatives in communities where such capacities have been hollowed out. The fundamentals of a viable next system: a democratic, community-sustaining political economy that operates within planetary boundaries, where all can thrive. We have strong evidence for the effectiveness of democratic economy models and community wealth building approaches

Key to changing this will be the development of a powerful program of political education around economic alternatives in communities where such capacities have been hollowed out (and sometimes lost entirely) after decades of neoliberalism. Conspiracy theories are filling the vacuum created by the absence of a program on the left. It’s time to get concrete and specific about political …

It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that values and centers public health, social equality, and ecological sustainability

Conclusion/Excerpt from the Democracy Collaborative, 2020 As countries grapple with the devastating challenges of COVID-19 and we, hopefully, move closer towards the development of a vaccine, the injustices and insufficiencies of the current approach to IP and R&D are becoming increasingly apparent. It is imperative that we quickly move away from the current system that prioritizes corporate profits sourced from monopoly rights to one that …

Energy footprints grow with expenditure: the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%

A study published in Nature Energy shows that energy footprints grow with expenditure, and, as a consequence, are unequally distributed. Among all the countries and income classes in the study, the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. Additionally, as income increases, people spend more of their money on energy-intensive goods, such as package holidays or …

Central value in ultimate cost of carbon is about $100,000 per ton

The Universal Cost of Carbon applies over a different timescale than how the social cost of carbon has been calculated. Assuming that the climate impacts from fossil carbon use will persist much longer than any economic infrastructure that we use fossil fuels today to build, the UCC can be seen as a first approximation of our culpability to future generations, …

Unequal Impact: The Deep Links Between Racism and Climate Change: Yampierre says understand the economics–then you know that climate change is the child of all that destruction (domination and slavery), of all of that extraction, of all of those decisions that were made and how those ended up

“You need to understand the economics. If you understand that, then you know that climate change is the child of all that destruction (domination and slavery), of all of that extraction, of all of those decisions that were made and how those ended up, not just in terms of our freedom and taking away freedom from black people, but hurting …

Supporting Local Business Viability and Transition to Worker Ownership in a Pandemic: Offering Business Owners “Exit to Community”

E2C: Community Ownership in a Pandemic Community Notes, Jun. 9, 2020 The COVID-19 crisis presents the greatest threat to community-based business in generations. But what if their employees and neighbors had the tools to get through this crisis in better shape, through an “exit to community”? This webinar presents strategies to help business transition to community and employee ownership, which …

The amount of time people spend visiting easily accessible recreational & safe spaces, a downtown or city center were found to have significant impacts on residents’ actions & feelings of attachment to a metro area. Also 90% of white residents have access to recreational areas vs 78% of black residents

AUTHOR Cailin Crowe in Smart Cities Dive, May 20, 2020 The amenities that attach people to their cities: report  POST,  SHARE,  TWEET A new Urban Institute report released Wednesday, commissioned by the Knight Foundation, surveyed 11,000 U.S. residents across 26 metro areas to understand what determines a person’s sense of attachment and connection to their city or community. Access to arts and …

Slow streets are the path to a better city: “overnight, transformed our family life and the lives of our neighbors”

Overnight, slow streets transformed our neighborhood. Everyone should have access to the same opportunity. By Courtney E. Martin in Curbed, May 19, 2020 The first time you watch your kid pedal away from you on two wheels, your hand free from her seat, her wobble small and her confidence grand, is one of those high moments that make all the low moments of parenting …

‘Assemblies of randomly selected citizens mulling over thorny issues are a brilliant way for elected politicians to shift the responsibility for really unpopular policies onto someone else’

France’s citizens’ climate convention has come back to bite Macron 18 April 2020, The Spectator, Melanie McDonagh Those of us who are skeptical about the worth of citizens’ assemblies have been noting with interest the upshot of the French citizens’ convention for the climate which delivered its recommendations this week. The thing about these assemblies of randomly selected citizens mulling over …