Extinction Rebellion Southern Vermont grounds all of our work in the Fourth Demand for a Just Transition. If you want to understand more about the critical need for this demand to be foremost in our minds and hearts, check out some of the videos from the First Indigenous Just Transition Assembly. ... See MoreSee Less
First Indigenous Just Transition Assembly Indigenous Environmental Network and Haskell Indian Nations University Host First Indigenous Just Transition Assembly The Indigenous Environmental Network (IE...
“Although more short-lived in the atmosphere than CO2, methane packs more of a warming punch – it is around 28-34 times (pdf) more powerful over a 100-year period (though there are other ways to compare methane’s warming impact with CO2).
There are two main types of methane: “biogenic”, produced from plants and animals, and “fossil”, which has been locked up underground for millions of years.
The new study, published in Nature, focuses on emissions of fossil methane. These are most commonly associated with the extraction and transport of fossil fuels – such as leaks from coal mining and flaring from oil and gas drilling – but they have “natural” sources as well.” ... See MoreSee Less
“Exploiting the language of climate change while never actually acknowledging that human-caused climate change is happening, the Trillion Trees Act purports to put the U.S. on a mission to assess the maximum amount of carbon that can be stored through increased “wood growth” and “wood volume”, and then devise a plan to ensure that these so-called ‘targets’ can be met. Sounds good, right? Unfortunately, the devil is in the details, and here is where the trillion trees morph into a trillion stumps. The Act does not define “wood growth” or “wood volume” but it becomes clear that the Act means wood products–i.e., lumber. Also, the Act directs that any plan that is developed to maximize carbon storage in trees is prohibited from containing recommendations that would curtail or inhibit domestic logging levels, and all recommendations must stimulate the domestic and international timber markets and increase logging levels each year (Sec. 102). Hmmm.” ... See MoreSee Less
In an effort to springboard off President Trump’s recent pledge to join the global community in planting a trillion trees to increase the amount of carbon drawn out of the atmosphere and help us to ...
“To change a federal rule, the executive branch must do its homework and publish an economic study arguing why the update is necessary. But Trump’s official justification for SAFE is honeycombed with errors. The most dramatic is that NHTSA’s model mixed up supply and demand: The agency calculated that as cars got more expensive, millions more people would drive them, and the number of traffic accidents would increase, my reporting shows. This error—later dubbed the “phantom vehicles” problem—accounted for the majority of incorrect costs in the SAFE study that the Trump administration released in 2018. It is what made SAFE look safe.
Once this and other major mistakes are fixed, all of SAFE’s safety benefits vanish, according to a recent peer-reviewed analysis in Science. If SAFE is adopted into law, American traffic deaths could actually increase, carbon pollution would soar, and global warming would speed up.
In other words, SAFE isn’t actually safe—and the Trump administration based its rollback on flawed math.
Extensive interviews with key participants and a review of emails and documents reveal how this happened: The Trump administration kept the government’s top tailpipe-pollution experts from working on the tailpipe-pollution rule. For two years, rival bureaucrats at NHTSA and overworked Trump political appointees stonewalled the EPA team, blocked it from learning of the rollback, and prevented it from seeing analysis of the new rule. When the EPA engineers finally saw the flawed study and identified some of its worst errors, the same Trump officials ignored them.” ... See MoreSee Less
“As the numbers of tourists has steadily grown (up 10% in 2018 from the previous year), so has the amount of trash; tourists produce 3.5 times the waste of locals, accounting for 13% of the total trash output.” ... See MoreSee Less
The lack of a centralized waste management system in Bali, as in much of Indonesia, has led to most trash being dumped on land, rivers, and in the sea.Indonesia is the world’s No. 2 contributor to t...
Here’s the latest in Uneven Earth’s Green New Deal series. As with their earlier pieces in this series, you may not agree with all of their points, but you’ll come away from the article with a deeper understanding of the possibilities and pitfalls of some of the many variants of a GND that are being pitched. ... See MoreSee Less
A post-growth Green New DealTo decarbonize we must degrow, decommodify, and democratize the economy February 17, 2020February 17, 2020 Image: Occupy Reno Media Committee CC BY-ND 2.0 by Riccardo Masti...
“The Clean Air Act instructs the EPA to review federal health standards for what are known as “criteria pollutants” every five years. As part of that process, CASAC reviews a thousand-plus-page collection of studies assembled by EPA staff, assessing the state of the science, then issues a recommendation on pollution limits that would protect public health within an “adequate margin of safety.”
Prior to the Trump administration, CASAC was largely comprised of epidemiologists, pulmonologists and other health experts, alongside regulators or representatives from industry. But a Trump administration rule that barred scientists who had received EPA grants from serving on advisory panels reshaped its makeup (a federal judge struck down that policy last week). CASAC now has just one member who is an independent scientist, compared to four who work in regulatory bodies.” ... See MoreSee Less
A study released last week in the medical journal the BMJ put into stark relief the deadly toll of ozone pollution. Researchers found cities plagued by this pollution saw 6,000 additional deaths each ...
“Gillian Flies, the president of Canadian Organic Growers, represents the type of success story the coalition hopes can be emulated across the country.
She and her husband, Brent Preston, work full-time on their 100-acre, certified organic farm in Creemore, Ontario, growing salad greens and cucumbers, and supplying some 150 restaurants and a handful of retail stores.
They have implemented several regenerative practices, which have had a notable effect on their ability to produce in tougher weather conditions.
These include planting some 12,000 trees, installing 18 beehives and creating protected pollinator and wildlife areas. They also use cover cropping — planting non-yielding crops to suppress weeds, improve soil quality, and manage erosion — and have shifted away from tilling, which releases carbon into the atmosphere and leads to less water retention.
At the Burlington City Council meeting to demand they prohibit collaboration between the Burlington Police Department and deportation agents like ICE and border patrol! They bumped the vote from the agenda to focus on “more time sensitive matters”, but we will be back on March 9th which is when they say they will take this issue up. Mark your calendars and be ready to show up for the city council meeting on March 9th. ... See MoreSee Less
We are here with Migrant Justice / Justicia Migrante and No Mas Polimigra BTV on the steps of Burlington City Hall to demand the Burlington City Council prohibit collaboration between the Burlington Police Department and deportation agents like ICE and border patrol! ... See MoreSee Less
This is an excellent article about the No Coal No Gas campaign to shut down the last large coal fired power plant in New England. We are lucky to have the leadership of the Climate Disobedience Center in New England, showing us how a well organized non-violent direct action should look.
I don’t see anyone around here doing much of anything and I am getting really sick of it. I know we aren’t supposed to blame and shame but wtf is wrong with everyone? I’ve just had it. The sooner humans are gone the better so mama earth can get on with fixing all the messes we made. 😭
For those who don't have time to read all of the read articles out there, here's the take-away in terms of what we can do:
"Prof Jeremy Kerr, of the University of Ottawa and the study’s senior author, said: “This work also holds out hope by implying ways that we might take the sting out of climate change for these and other organisms by maintaining habitats that offer shelter, like trees, shrubs or slopes, that could let bumblebees get out of the heat."
Mayor Miro Weinberger claims that he wants Burlington to lead the nation with our aggressive net zero target, but excludes the airport from these calculations. This is absurd, especially when you consider that we don't just have an airport, we are planning its expansion! If the mayor was serious about the climate crisis, he would be working on an airport decommission plan.
"The federal Department of Transportation announced the $10 million grant last month as part of a $485 million investment from the federal government in the country’s airports.
Richards said the airport expects the grant to be confirmed in fall 2020, with construction starting either late fall 2020 or early spring 2021. Construction is set to take a year, so the airport anticipates completion either in late 2021 or early the following year.
The expanded TSA capacity will allow the airport to add two gates as it continues efforts to expand its offerings, Richards said. The airport has 13 gates and there is no timeline to add the two additional gates, he said."
For those who haven’t seen it there are ongoing requests to step up and show local solidarity for this amazing indigenous resistance in Canada. Please keep your ears to the ground for opportunities to support them. ... See MoreSee Less
In a study published by researchers from the University of Washington (UW) in PLOS One, scientists say about 62,000 dead or dying common murres, a seabird of the North Pacific that can dive the length...
"The interruption of normal business by means of peaceful protest is not just an instance of youthful radicalism. It is an essential tactic and will become more prevalent in the near future. It extends to the campaign for divestment of oil stocks and the resistance to new fossil fuel infrastructure and development. Everyone will have to get used to continuing political unrest because the climate crisis is not going away." ... See MoreSee Less
The governor’s brand of political forbearance extends not just to young activists who fear for the planet, but also to Democrats whose ideas to address the issue get the same genial brush-off he gav...
In the Name of Wild Nature Dear sisters and brothers and trans-siblings We have come together today to reclaim the commons in the name of wild nature! We have come to open ourselves to hear the voices, feel the life and spirit of the wild creatures whose very existence as species are threatened by the damage we humans are wreaking upon our planetary habitat. We come to proclaim our commitment to live in solidarity with all creation! To follow the voice of conscience. To follow the path of the heart. To remember our kinship with every other living being. We come together to reclaim the commons! We stand here in this remnant of the commons. This green island in the city harboring these sage trees. And remind ourselves that the commons is an ancient approach based on a widely-shared worldview. Traditional farmers and indigenous communities around the world still retain vestiges of this form of societal organization. Many are struggling to reclaim it. Colonial and capitalist systems are antithetical to this approach and have compromised or obliterated communal land holdings wherever and whenever the two cultural approaches have collided. Ever since the process of Enclosure began in Great Britain in the 13th century the war on the commons worldwide has only grown in intensity. Corporate personhood is the culmination of enclosure. It is the total destruction of the commons. The current global civilization has become a death camp for nature. Neo-liberal Capitalism depends on the annihilation of nature. The GNP is a measure of destruction. Exponential growth is a form of mass insanity and collective suicide. Under current law nature has no rights. It is time for us to recognize the right of nature to exist. Under natural law everything that lives has a right to live.
We recognize that the current political maps by which we organize civil society are arbitrary lines imposed on the landscape by land grants from colonial governments decreed hundreds of years ago and do not represent natural systems. We need to re-think the way we perceive landscape. Begin to read it by shape and inherent design rather than by imposed line. We need to open ourselves to the natural intelligence of the land. Understand where and when it is best to simply step out of the way.
Each one of us and all of us collectively, in a subtle form of mutual aid, must begin the process of de-colonization of our minds, hearts, and bodies---right down to the cellular level---oppressor and oppressed. We are all traumatized by the singular fact of being born into a world already ravaged and damaged by forty generations of civilized humans. We were molded in a society propped up by the destruction of the natural world. We were expected to take it as normal that that forests be cut, the wetlands drained, and grasslands plowed down to feed the needs of human expansion. We all bear responsibility for habitat loss. We all have an opportunity to become the healer.
If we are to solve the climate and ecological crisis we will have to cooperate and legislate at an international level. Ultimately nation states will become meaningless. Giving way to cooperating Bio-Regions. A world government that works justly for all humans and all species will be comprised of democratically elected representatives from fully autonomous sovereign regional governments. If humans can evolve to become a successful keystone species it will be because we will go on to create a planetary regenerative culture rooted in ecological enlightenment.
In the world we will co-evolve together eco-cide and bio-cide will be abolished under planetary law!
We know what we stand against. And while we engage in creative non-violent resistance---let us not forget to take time together to envision the world we want to see. Not the world we think is possible---but the world we most want to see with our deepest longings. To not be afraid to speak our childish dreams. To unleash the pure light energy of our imaginations.
A bioregional eco-socialist organization of society will allow us to reclaim the commons for all humanity and for all creation. Bioregions defined by watersheds will recognize their interdependence yet be decentralized and autonomous. Right of use replaces private property. Mutual aid replaces alienated greed. Individuals and families still retain personal property but these are articles and goods not land and water and air and all that lives and breathes upon them and within them.
Spiritual anarchy is the heart of eco-socialism. The more enlightened a people become the less need they have for rules. Those who are most free are those who have assumed responsibility for the well-being of everyone and everything. And who know that well-being begins with the earth beneath our feet. “Half Wild” is an international movement started by a group of conservation biologists who have determined that the way to save bio-diversity on the planet (necessary for the survival of all species---including humans) is to reserve half of the land and half of the oceans for wild nature. A “Half-Wild Upper Valley Bioregion” will demonstrate the efficacy of this approach. Imagine a future world in which one half of all land is designated as wildlands in perpetuity. Wildlife corridors are established to prevent habitat fragmentation. The privatization of nature is abolished.
We will no longer speak of ourselves as consumers. We will become ecologically enlightened producers. This is a transformation that occurs not only in the mind but from engaging completely with a particular place. The story lines in the landscape become written in your DNA. The soil biome is mirrored in your gut.
I am a small farmer and this is what I am just beginning to comprehend after thirty-five years of practicing the craft: Restoration of the Soil Carbon Sponge is the most effective tool we have at our disposal to mitigate global heating. Not only does healthy soil sequester carbon it also holds water. When soils are degraded or destroyed the water goes into the air as water vapor and adds still more heat to the greenhouse effect. Restoration of soil in every habitat from forest to rangeland to desert will restore the planet’s natural hydrologic cycles and naturally cool the environment. Over healthy soils there are abundant clouds. We have always assumed that the forest needs rain but now we understand that rain needs forests. Right rain requires healthy soils.
People who take care of land. Serve land as faithful caretakers. Who know when to step out of the way and let nature heal herself---these are the real revolutionaries. Show me the healer and I will show you the real revolutionary.
Now is the time when we all must become those good caretakers. Every one of us needs to become engaged land managers. We all need to become earth healers. This is the most important direct action we can undertake. It’s going to take every one of us working together to break free from the chains of the predatory capitalist system and to free all the other species from the certain death sentence of an unchecked industrial growth society. Our civil disobedience. Our rebellion for LIFE. Compels us to demand an immediate transition to an ecological civilization. We hunger to live in right relation with the planet. We are her children. And we are her eyes and ears, hearts and hands, awakening to our senses. The time is now. Rebel for LIFE! ... See MoreSee Less