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Video: Hurray For the Riff Raff | PA’LANTE

Winner of the 2019 Jury Award at SXSW, Director Kristian Mercado Figueroa’s music video PA’LANTE performed by Hurray for the Riff Raff  takes us inside the Puerto Rican experience of life post Hurricane Maria and the pressures facing an estranged family attempting to reconnect amid the wreckage.

July 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Poetry and Immortality in Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale | Belinda Jack

John Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale” — a lecture by Oxford Professor Belinda Jack

July 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

Greg Thielen: As the World Burns

At this very moment, as my pen inks this page, the entire Western United States is scorching. Death Valley recorded a high of 140 Fahrenheit.

July 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

Luke Montrose: There may be dangerous components in wildfire smoke

As dozens of large fires burn, a lot of people are wondering what’s in the air they’re breathing.

July 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Martha Silano: Poem that Begins at the Core

A mother who lived to peel apples,
bake the most exquisite pies. Suffuse the air
with delicious love. A father gah-gah for fossils,
mummies, cow manure.

July 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: The Lady and the Owl

This gentle film highlights the work of Kay and Larry McKeever, a retired Canadian couple who dedicated themselves to caring for orphaned, injured and starving owls.

July 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans

In this powerful talk, tribal leader Kelsey Leonard shows why granting lakes and rivers legal “personhood” — giving them the same legal rights as humans — is the first step to protecting our bodies of water and fundamentally transforming how we value this vital resource.

July 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: Green

I love how green moves when I’m
not watching, when I look down to my hands
to steady my direction and find the new
shapes it created when I meet it again with
my sleep deprived eyes.

July 15, 2021 · 4 Comments

Elizabeth Jacobson: There are as Many Songs in the World as Branches of Coral

As a child
I combed black rocks of a jetty
prying starfish from pools

July 14, 2021 · 5 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: The Fires This Time

A Climate View from California

July 13, 2021 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: How Boston’s Charles River went from polluted to pristine

What the cleanup tells us about the power of Federal waterway protections.

July 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Barbara E. Young: Blues for the Fisherman

Since the blues ought to be tall birds
wading and wailing 
when the sun dies—
let the blues fill its lungs now

July 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Joy Gaines-Friedler: Happiness

What’s between them is a mystery.
The way the leaves that flag in the wind
know to be leaves, or the tree knows to grow them.

July 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

Julia Conley: ‘This Is Our Future’ Without Climate Action, Advocates Warn After Pipeline Causes Fire in Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico is on fire, it’s 112 degrees in Portland, roads and rails are crumbling from the sun, wildfire and hurricane season are here in record time and people are concerned about the cost of going green. COMPARED TO WHAT?”

July 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

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