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09-21-14: The People’s Barbaric Yawp

09-21-14: The People’s Barbaric Yawp

With marching bands and costumed bicyclists and a 30-foot papier mache figure representing Mother Earth, the People’s Climate March felt as exuberant as a parade at times. Yet the 400,000 of us who gathered in New York City on September 21 were on a very serious mission: tell the world leaders gathering for the UN … Continue reading

Inequality and a Destabilizing Climate

Inequality and a Destabilizing Climate

Incredibly, “income inequality” is a buzz word this election season among Democrats and Republicans alike. It’s encouraging that this issue is finally getting attention, given that a year ago the plight of working class and poor Americans was not a topic of discussion among most politicians and the mainstream media. But few people are talking … Continue reading

The Fossil Fuel Resistance: Enter the Citizens

The Fossil Fuel Resistance: Enter the Citizens

According to the Huffington Post, the 2013 hurricane season looks just as worrisome as the 2012 season: nine hurricanes predicted, four of which will be major, and 18 named storms. Meanwhile according to Bill McKibben, people’s refusal to accept to climate destabilization is finally taking on storm proportions in the form of a fossil fuel … Continue reading

Dr. King and the Power of Fierce Compassion

Dr. King and the Power of Fierce Compassion

When I think about the climate crisis, and the movement experiencing successes and setbacks in an attempt to rally the world to do something about it, I find myself thinking about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many scholars acknowledge that King and other civil rights leaders who supported the sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis in … Continue reading

All You Climate Change People

All You Climate Change People

While debate moderators may not have seen fit to ask the presidential candidates how they’ll deal with climate change, Hurricane Sandy, which has already killed 69 people in the Carribean at the time of writing, will give them another chance. I doubt they’ll take it, just as George Bush refused to seize the opportunity after Hurricane Katrina, … Continue reading

The Up Side of an Upside Down World

Like a lot of people, in the last couple of weeks I’ve felt the mixture of disappointment and indifference that UN climate change summits tend to elicit these days. With the failure of governments to come to a binding agreement on greenhouse gas reduction at Rio+20 and the silence of major media outlets in reporting … Continue reading