Giving fair warning: state/province/national bans on sale of gas-powered vehicles, now in BC and proposed by Senator from Oregon

British Columbia has just passed the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act (ZEVA) into law, and it could transform the Canadian province’s roads in the coming years. Under the new rules, 10 percent of all light-duty cars and trucks sold in BC by 2025 must be emission-free (electric, plug-in hybrid electric or hydrogen fuel cell) vehicles. By the time 2040 rolls around, the province will …

Why Public Transportation is Better Outside of the US

Why Public Transportation is Better Outside of the US excerpt from Jonathan English Even when the United States built expensive rail systems, it never took care of the basics. Cities rarely provided good, frequent local connections that allowed people to actually get to rail stations without walking or driving. To this day, in most parts of American cities, it is all but …

Vancouver aims for 6 big moves by 2030 to decarbonize, a five-fold increase on the current pace

Vancouver Sun, April 2019 Vancouver city staff are recommending city council respond to the world’s “climate emergency” by dramatically stepping up its green initiatives to ensure the city becomes carbon neutral before 2050. The city’s general managers of planning and engineering are recommending the city adopt six “big moves” by 2030 that would include: Aim to have 90 per cent …

Principles of Environmental Justice + Info on Environmental Justice and Racism

Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC, drafted and adopted 17 principles of Environmental Justice. Since then, The Principles have served as a defining document for the growing grassroots movement for environmental justice.(Printable PDF version) PREAMBLE WE, THE PEOPLE OF COLOR, gathered together at this multinational People of Color Environmental …

Could Walmart Be a Model for a Socialist Future? Do megacorporations—although odious—demonstrate the massive central planning we need

BY PETER FRASE  If Walmart is already more or less a planned economy…why not just nationalize it so everyone can save money and live better? Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski want you to know that their new book, The People’s Republic of Walmart, is not a socialist defense of Walmart, a company they call “execrable.” Rather, they use the megacorporation as a …

What the Climate Strikers Want

First, the Youth Climate Strike sees the Green New Deal (GND) as the pivotal mechanism to enact climate action. (If you need to refamiliarize yourself, here’s the full text of Congress’ Green New Deal Resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.) The Youth Climate Strikers want: An equitable transition for marginalized communities that will be most impacted by climate change An equitable …

Advice on NIMBYs from a top planning director: listen carefully, address what they are afraid of, build better, and train politicians

Advice on NIMBYs from a top planning director. I value them. I listen carefully and I learn what they’re afraid of, why they say no. Often I will learn how to do yes better and address their fears, or at least mitigate them. NIMBYs are not necessarily the problem. They are behaving normally for humans. The problem is politicians and other decision-makers …

Austin plan aims to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use, especially solo commuters from 74% now to 50% by 2039

Austin, TX releases final draft of strategic mobility plan, by Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, March 6, 2019.   Austin releases their first comprehensive multimodal transportation plan.  Atlanta, another heavily car-centric city without a robust transit system, released a long-term transportation plan last year to address the city’s immediate transportation needs and account for long-term regional growth. Like Austin’s plan, Atlanta’s includes elements to get people …

Re-imagining governance. We must insist on representatives who will share governing power. Co-governance means that elected officials are actively working with our communities—not corporate lobbyists—to draft policies and to move them forward together. 

Whom candidates surround themselves with and listen to is crucial. Progressives should look at the structure of candidates’ campaigns: Who is funding them? Who are their advisors? Are they investing in real conversations with voters? We must insist on representatives who will share governing power. Co-governance means that elected officials are actively working with our communities—not corporate lobbyists—to draft policies …

Prolonged presence of green space is important: children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing a psychiatric disorder independent from effects of other known risk factors

Growing up in urban environments is associated with risk of developing psychiatric disorders, but the underlying mechanisms are unknown. Green space can provide mental health benefits and possibly lower risk of psychiatric disorders. This nation-wide study covering >900,000 people shows that children who grew up with the lowest levels of green space had up to 55% higher risk of developing …