Cost, comfort emphasized as building electrification takes off in Colorado

Allen Best, Nov 2019 Boulder, Colorado. A Boulder campaign is making a pitch to residents that they can save money and breathe easier by switching from gas.  Comfort, not climate, is the central message of a campaign in Colorado to persuade homeowners to switch from natural gas to electricity for heating and other indoor purposes. The joint program sponsored by …

The Future of Public Health

Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. Article, Figures/Media, Metrics 50 References, 53 Citing Articles The field of public health aims to improve the health of as many people as possible as rapidly as possible. Since 1900, the average life span in the United States has increased by more than 30 years; 25 years of this gain have been attributed to public health advances.1,2 Globally, …

Zapatistas announce major expansion of autonomous territories

In a surprise announcement, the EZLN proclaim the creation of 11 new “caracoles” and autonomous municipalities, significantly expanding the territory under rebel control. Leonidas Oikonomakis, August 19, 2019 It all started, in typical Zapatista fashion, with the publication of four new communiqués signed by Subcomandante Insurgente Galeano (formerly known as Marcos) between August 10 and 15. The first one, titled Enter el telonero (“The …

Burlington’s Climate Emergency Declaration Calls for Shift to Naturalized Gardens instead of Mowed Lawns and GHG-emitting Tools

By Doreen Nicoll, Rabble.CA.August 18, 2019 | RESIST! On April 23, Burlington City Council unanimously passed Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan’s motion to declare a climate emergency. “By declaring a climate emergency, Burlington City Council is recognizing the magnitude of the challenge we face in combatting climate change,” Nisan said in a press release. “But it is only one step. Through the declaration, we …

America’s Colonial Climate Crisis: What should the United States’ island territories expect from rising sea levels and global warming?

Also Arundati Roy, second article, from the Boston Review, July 2019: Making people feel helpless, powerless, and hopeless is part of the propaganda. Let’s face it: the free market is not free, and it doesn’t give a shit about justice or equality. By Chris Gelardi, July 11, 2019, The Atlantic The second of the two US atomic bomb tests conducted at …

The power of free public space: How San Francisco’s public libraries are embracing their changing role and supporting a mix of hanging out, messing around and geeking out

San Francisco Public Library Bernal Heights solder workshop, Nov-2013 from Mitch Altman via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)Casey O’Brien|June 24, 2019, Shareable In one corner, a gaggle of teens huddles over laptops. Across the room, another group plays board games. Behind the closed door of a music studio, two boys record on a guitar and keyboard, while another plays video games …

Extraction Casino: Mining Companies Gambling with Latin American Lives and Sovereignty through Supranational Arbitration (May 2019)

Extraction Casino: Mining Companies Gambling with Latin American Lives and Sovereignty through Supranational Arbitration (May 2019) During the last couple of decades—and particularly during the last ten years—mining companies have filed dozens of claims against Latin American countries before international arbitration panels, demanding compensation for court decisions, public policies and other government measures that they claim reduce the value of …

Solar on Schools: 100% Clean Energy School Districts

Campaign Toolkit and Handbook can be found on our website. Climate Parents are working to move school districts around the country to adopt 100% clean energy. School districts are major energy consumers. Powering them with renewables is a climate solution that benefits kids and communities. This effort builds on the success of Ready for 100 (more Colorado members than any …

Co-governance means that once elected, officials continue to listen to and actively work with our communities to draft policies and move them forward, together, figuring out how the community, its leaders and our electeds can fashion clear parameters, bottom lines and processes that guide us in making  difficult judgments together

Co-governance means that once elected, officials continue to listen to and actively work with our communities to draft policies and move them forward, together. What must be figured out for co-governing to flourish is for the community, its leaders and our electeds to fashion clear parameters, bottom lines and processes that guide us in making  difficult judgments together. Only experience …

State Efficiency Standards are Good for Everyone

May 22nd, 2019 by NRDC State Efficiency Standards Are Good For Everyone, Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog. By Lauren Urbanek The federal government continues to miss legal deadlines for energy efficiency standards for appliances, equipment, and electronics with 17 standards overdue for review and more on the horizon. That’s bad news for anyone who likes saving energy, lower utility bills, and a cleaner planet. Fortunately, more states are setting efficiency …