Teen activists face US government in crucial hearing over climate trial, which accuses federal government of violating young people’s constitutional rights

Lee van der Voo in Oregon, in The Guardian, Tue 4 Jun 2019 Twenty-one youth activists faced off with the US government in an Oregon courthouse on Tuesday, where their attorneys petitioned a panel of judges to let their climate case go to trial. Until it does, their attorneys argued, fossil fuel development should be halted on public lands. The case of …

“The intimacy I shared when I thought I was losing my best friend is the intimacy we should have with the Earth…We each get to ask ourselves: what am I called forth to do at this time?

There is no removing the heat we have introduced into the oceans, nor the 40 billion tons of carbon dioxide we pump into the atmosphere every single year. There may be no changing what is happening, and far worse things are coming. How, then, shall we meet this?  We each get to ask ourselves: what am I called forth to …

The Empty Promise of Suicide Prevention: Antidepressants can’t supply employment or affordable housing, repair relationships with family members or bring on sobriety

In addition to direct impacts on health, depression also takes a huge indirect toll. It makes other diseases much worse. People who are depressed are more likely to get other illnesses, and less likely to be treated successfully. Depressed patients are less likely to take their medicine and are less able to support their families or take care of others, potentially leading to failure …

Mexican activist shot dead before vote on power project he opposed: Activists opposing thermal-electric plant and pipeline say Samir Flores Soberanes’s murder is a ‘political crime’

20 Feb 2019 in The Guardian  Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador condemned the murder but said the referendum on the project would proceed as planned. Photograph: Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images A Mexican environmental activist has been murdered before a referendum on a controversial thermal-electric plant and pipeline that he opposed. Samir Flores Soberanes, an indigenous Náhuatl, was killed in …

Pope Francis agrees, water is life and a basic human right. Promote life by protecting, sharing clean water, allowing it to remain “chaste” as St. Francis described it

Where there is water there is life, making it possible for societies to arise and advance.  Our common home needs to be protected.  St. Francis tells us, water “serves with humility” and is “chaste”, when we do not pollute it. – The Pope speaks at seminar on “The human right to water”- Feb 24, 2017: “Where There is Water There is …

How climate change, obesity, and malnutrition are related. Want to fix obesity and climate change at the same time? Make Big Food companies pay: A new report says food companies are pursuing profit at the expense of public and environmental health

A new report, published Sunday in the Lancet, implores us to think about the possibility of big, systemic fixes for these interrelated scourges. Overnutrition, undernutrition, and global warming share common causes: powerful commercial interests that promote overconsumption, “policy inertia,” and weak governance, according to the report, led by the University of Auckland in New Zealand, George Washington University in the US, and …

70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Created Under the Chairmanship of Eleanor Roosevelt Passed Today in 1948 by the UN General Assembly 

POSTED ON DECEMBER 10, 2018 · POSTED IN ROOSEVELT HOUSE, ROOSEVELT HOUSE GENERAL NEWS Roosevelt House celebrates the leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt in writing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as we mark the 70th anniversary of its adoption by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. Three years of Mrs. Roosevelt’s hard work and consensus-building produced a document that would shape the way …

The major groups of insects responsible for pollination are particularly sensitive to warming, and insects, vital to ecosystems, will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections

Damian Carrington Environment editor, The Guardian, Thu 17 May 2018, Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn  The famous migration of the North American monarch butterfly is one of the most well-documented examples of an insect species affected by climate change. Photograph: Joel Sartore/NG/Getty Images Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already …

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact.  By Damian Carrington, The Guardian Mon 21 May 2018   A cattle farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil. 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life …