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Video: A Message from the future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

What if we decided not to drive off the climate cliff? What if we chose to radically change course and save both our habitat and ourselves? We realized that the biggest obstacle to the kind of transformative change the Green New Deal envisions is overcoming the skepticism that humanity could ever pull off something at this scale and speed.

December 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rubén G. Mendoza: A sacred light in the darkness

On Saturday, Dec. 21, nations in the Northern Hemisphere will mark the winter solstice – the shortest day and longest night of the year. For thousands of years people have marked this event with rituals and celebrations to signal the rebirth of the sun and its victory over darkness.

December 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Isabella Kaminski: Combating Climate Change through Re-forestation

Reforestation must be done in collaboration with those directly affected; after all, there was usually a human reason why the forest was cut down or degraded in the first place.

December 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

Karen Friedland: A Prayer for Rough Sleepers

Someone, give us the strength
to survive this particular onslaught
of cell-death and other indignities

December 16, 2019 · 3 Comments

Aesop: The Frogs Ask for a King

Once upon a time, the Frogs were discontented because they had no one to rule over them: so they sent a deputation to Jupiter to ask him to give them a King.

December 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jenny Roe: Blue space

Access to water features can boost city dwellers’ mental health.

December 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Anonymous: The Ruin

Wondrous is this wall-stead, wasted by fate.
Battlements broken, giant’s work shattered.

December 13, 2019 · 2 Comments

Dahr Jamail: Savoring What Remains in an Age of Climate PTSD

Vast numbers of climate scientists are now grieving for the planet and humanity’s future, with some even describing their symptoms as a climate-change version of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

December 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Hedy Habra: The Taste of the Earth

Two fawns cross the creek. One of them pauses, linked
to his mirror reflection by the tip of his tongue, parallel
worlds merge on the fault line of a folded image.

December 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Norman Solomon: Corporate Media Supports Anyone But Sanders or Warren

What’s at stake includes democracy—the informed consent of the governed—and so much more.

December 6, 2019 · 3 Comments

Ashish Sinha,Gayatri Kathayat: Climate change fueled the rise and demise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire, superpower of the ancient world

Climate change first contributed to the meteoric rise of the Neo-Assyrian Empire and then to its precipitous collapse.

December 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: Firmament

Daylight and darkness are real, and seasons,
but everything else is a story…

December 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Origin Of Disease And Medicine

A Cherokee Myth

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Susie Cagle: ‘Fire is medicine’| The tribes burn California forests to save them

For millennia, native people have used flames to protect the land. The US government outlawed the process for a century before recognizing its value.

November 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

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