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Michaela Haas: The Climate Solution Right Under Our Feet

There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground; there are a thousand ways to go home again. —Rumi  The way to stop climate change might be buried … Continue reading

March 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Capitalism is destroying the Earth. We need a new human right for future generations

The young people taking to the streets for the climate strike are right: their future is being stolen. The economy is an environmental pyramid scheme, dumping its liabilities on the young and the unborn. Its current growth depends on intergenerational theft.

March 18, 2019 · 3 Comments

Frida Berrigan: Parenting the Climate-Change Generation

Young people across the world are striking to draw attention to the ravages of climate change. They are demanding — with their bodies and their voices — that the catastrophe each of them will inherit be a priority for the grown-ups around them.

March 15, 2019 · 3 Comments

Video: Drawings that show the beauty and fragility of Earth

Zaria Forman’s large-scale compositions of melting glaciers, icebergs floating in glassy water and waves cresting with foam explore moments of transition, turbulence and tranquility. Join her as she discusses the … Continue reading

March 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: Extinction Rebellion

The British-based group Extinction Rebellion has called for nonviolent acts of civil disobedience on April 15 in capitals around the world to reverse our “one-way track to extinction.”

March 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Why older people must stand in solidarity with the youth climate strikes

Broadly speaking, ours is a society of altruists governed by psychopaths. We have allowed a tiny number of phenomenally rich people, and the destructive politicians they fund, to trash our life support systems.

February 20, 2019 · 1 Comment

Climate of North American cities will shift hundreds of miles in one generation

In one generation, the climate experienced in many North American cities is projected to change to that of locations hundreds of miles away—or to a new climate unlike any found … Continue reading

February 16, 2019 · 3 Comments

Greta Thunberg: In Response to Lies and Hate, Let Me Make Some Things Clear About My Climate Strike

If everyone listened to the scientists and the facts that I constantly refer to—then no one would have to listen to me or any of the other hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

February 9, 2019 · 2 Comments

Greta Thunberg: Act As If Our House Is on Fire. Because It Is.

“Adults keep saying: ‘We owe it to the young people to give them hope.’ But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”

January 26, 2019 · 3 Comments

Lorraine Chow: 10 Worst-Case Climate Predictions If We Don’t Keep Global Temperature Rise Under 1.5 Degrees Celsius

If humankind carries on its business-as-usual approach to climate change, there’s a 93 percent chance we’re barreling toward a potentially catastrophic level of warming. The summer of 2018 was intense: … Continue reading

January 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

Todd Miller: Why the Migrant Caravan Story Is a Climate Change Story

Drought, crop failure, storms, and land disputes pit the rich against the poor, and Central America is ground zero for climate change. Less than a mile south of the U.S.-Mexico … Continue reading

December 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

Jake Johnson: With Planet in ‘Crisis Mode,’ Bernie Sanders Rips Trump White House for ‘Dangerous’ Dismissal of Climate Science

“You have an administration that virtually does not even recognize the reality of climate change and their policies, working with the fossil fuel industry, are making a bad situation worse.” … Continue reading

October 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: Why I’m Betting on Millennials, This November 6th

In my thirty-five years of teaching college students, I’ve not encountered a generation as dedicated to making the nation better as this one. Millennials (and their younger siblings, generation Z’s) … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

K.H. Anderson: A Lefty’s Guide to Liberty

Real-life individual liberty — for everyone — is at the heart of everything progressives stand for. It’s time we own it. . The liberty ideal should be perfectly at home in every nook and cranny … Continue reading

September 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

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