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Opposition to Science Invites a Climate Catastrophe

Our efforts must be informed by science if we are to seriously address the threat of climate change. However, there are a significant number of people, corporations and governments that are resistant to scientific discourse. Science is at the heart of environmentalism. On a wide range of issues, it is the work of scientists that has brought important issues to…

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The message of Earth Day. Balancing despair with hope, vision and action toward a sustainable, just future.

Earth Day 2015: A Balancing Act Between Hope and Despair

For most chroniclers of recent history, April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day, marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement. It was a different time in so many ways. Instead of SUVs and hybrids, muscle cars and big sedans dominated the roads, guzzling leaded gas at an average cost of 35 cents per gallon. The exhaust spewed out their tailpipes mixed with…

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Remi Fraisse

The Slaughter of Innocents: Our Complicity in the Murder of Environmentalists

All around the world, people who are on the front lines of efforts to protect our planet are murdered for their eco-advocacy. They put their lives on the line, and they are being slaughtered while the world does not appear to notice. Many other environmentalists are subject to intimidation, violence, stigmatization and criminalization. As revealed in a Global Warming is…

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Will American ever wake up to the reality that surrounds them?

National Climate Assessment Report: Who Cares?

Earlier this week the White House released the latest National Climate Assessment Report, causing the rare flurry of attention in the mainstream press. The report summarized what anyone paying attention already knows; that climate change is happening now and impacting all parts of the country (and world), and those impacts can only get worse in a “business-as-usual” future. As the…

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Norman Borlaug - one of many inspirational figures of the environmental movement

Drawing Inspiration from Environmentalists who have Gone Before Us  

As we continue to hope for the birth of a new era of environmental responsibility, we can draw inspiration from those who have gone before us and done so much to move us forward.  Here are the abbreviated biographies of six environmentalists who invested their lives into the noblest of noble causes. Judy Bonds The anti-mountaintop removal mining activist, Judy Bonds, died in 2011 at the age…

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How is Earth Day like New Years' Eve?

How Earth Day is Just Like New Years’ Eve

I’m not eager to spoil the party of Earth Day. For the environmentalist crowd, a group to which I pledge my philosophical, if not always explicit, allegiance, Earth Day is a time for celebration and renewal. But there’s something in “Earth Day” that seems a little like New Years’ Eve, at least to me. Which is to say a disappointment. Even…

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Generating station at the Four Corners Power Plant

Energy-starved utilities and the exploitation of the Navajo: The Forgotten People.

It’s the kind of story that can easily mis-characterize the aspirations of the “Forgotten People,” who are anything but abandoned. They represent the indigenous tribes living on the Navajo Reservation, a 27,425 square-mile sector bordering parts of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico Their struggles are not unlike other Native Americans displaced during our winning of the West,…

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