What’s next for the Bernie Sanders revolution? The populist insurgency is ratcheting up....

Jul 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] What an amazing Democratic primary season it’s been, including this happy result: WE WON! “We” being the millions of young people, mad-as-hell working stiffs, independents, deep-rooted progressives, and other “outsiders” who felt the Bern and forged a new, game-changing, populist force of, by, and for grassroots Americans. True, this progressive-populist coalition did not win the White House on its first go ’round behind the feisty Sanders insurgency (which the smug political establishment had literally laughed at when he began his run). But they are not laughing now, for even they can see that the outsider revolt against power elites won something even more momentous than the 2016 election: The future. Back in April 2015, when the blunt, democratic socialist from Vermont issued a call for disenchanted voters to join him, not merely in...

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LIVE AT TRUTHDIG: DOES AMERICA CARE ABOUT THE COSTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF WAR?...

Jul 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG     Anti-war activist Ron Kovic alongside Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer. (Eric Ortiz) Truthdig staff discussed the costs and consequences of war with veteran and peace activist Ron Kovic on Facebook at 3 p.m. PDT on Thursday. Does the United States treat war like a video game? And do Americans truly realize the cost and consequences of our military engagement? Editor in Chief Robert Scheer, who participated in Thursday’s discussion, has this to say: In his farewell letter to the American people, President George Washington warned about “the impostures of pretended patriotism.” That is the precise warning that another great and true patriot, Ron Kovic, has been echoing ever since he penned his first classic war memoir some four decades ago. In “Hurricane Street,” an equally brilliant chronicle of resistance,...

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OBAMA AND WALL STREET PUSH FOR PASSAGE OF TPP DURING “LAME DUCK” SESSION...

Jun 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Dave Johnson, Campaign for America’s Future | Op-Ed   Have a say in how we are governed, right? So shouldn’t we have a say in how we are governed? President Obama, Wall Street and the giant, multinational corporations are pushing — and pushing hard — for a vote in Congress in the “lame duck” congressional session after the election to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The most recent pitch by Obama was on Monday at a summit of business leaders in Washington, where he said the TPP “will do even more to lower the cost of exporting, eliminating taxes and custom duties, and raising intellectual property standards that protect data and ideas and jobs.” Here is why the push is on. The so-called “lame duck” session of Congress is particularly unaccountable. Those who...

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO DUMPSTER DIVING...

Jun 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Food How to seriously cut down on your monthly food bill. By Assya Barrette / Greenhighfive   VIA ALTERNET   Photo Credit: Wikipedia I first came into contact with dumpster diving when I volunteered with the organizationFood not Bombs (FNB),Toronto Chapter. Their objective is to recover food that would otherwise have been thrown away, and cook up delicious vegan meals for whomever wants some. Although a lot of the food they get is donated from bakeries and shops (who’d otherwise dump the food), they do dumpster diving to fill in the gaps. Recently, one of the members of the group held a dumpster diving tutorial in downtown Toronto. After I attended the tutorial, I went solo in my town, with huge success. This, coupled with the times I had gone with FNB in...

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HEALTH FREEDOM RALLY -PARENTS GATHER TO PROTEST SB277 – MANDATORY VACCINES...

Jun 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]             CALIFORNIA CITIZENS RALLY PROTESTING SB277 LAW             & CANDLELIGHT VIGIL COMMEMORATING VACCINE INJURED CHILDREN                                    JOIN US IN SOLIDARITY TO SUPPORT                                OUR CONSITUTIONAL RIGHT TO CHOOSE                                                       SAFE VACCINES                              July 1, 2016 Outdoor on the lawn of Santa Monica City Hall – 4:00pm-9:00pm Featuring the team behind “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe” plus performers and special guests.     To sign up: Facebook Invite page: https://www.facebook.com/events/248044642234292 When Sb277 goes into effect on July 1st, it will take away the rights of parents who want to delay, postpone, and selectively vaccinate, along with parents who don’t want to vaccinate for religious or...

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Mark Ruffalo Urges President Obama to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground in Gripping New Documentary...

Jun 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   A new film introduces the president to the victims of the drilling and fracking boom. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet I recently attended a film screening of Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now, a new documentary narrated by actor and activist Mark Ruffalo about the impact of hydraulic fracturing across the United States. Fracking is a controversial drilling process to access oil and natural gas—primarily methane—trapped in underground shale deposits. While the fracking boom has created jobs and stimulated the economy, numerous studies have linked it to many environmental and health impacts. The evening was hosted by ABC Home in downtown Manhattan. The screening at a nearby AMC Theater was followed by a discussion with an energized crowd led by Ruffalo and director Jon Bowermaster at Deepak Homebase, a...

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RESISTANCE TO VACCINE MEDICAL TYRANNY GROWING IN THE U.S. AS VAXXED FILM GAINS WIDER AUDIENCE...

Jun 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Demonstrations against mandatory vaccines and the removal of parental exemptions last year in California. Image via California Coalition for Vaccine Choice. by Brian Shilhavy Health Impact News Editor It has been nearly two years since a top scientist at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) came forward as a whistleblower, revealing fraud in a top published research paper that has been used to refute any connection between vaccines and autism. The mainstream media, controlled by Big Pharma advertising, ignored this story, and hoped it would fade away quietly. Likewise, members of Congress, for the most part, have not taken action in the public’s best interest and called hearings about the alleged fraud. In spite of the fact that Dr. William Thompson supplied documents and an affidavit to Congress via Florida Congressman Bill...

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VIDEO AIMS TO INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION OF OCEAN ACTIVISTS...

Jun 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Joel Harper turns his children’s book, ‘All the Way to the Ocean,’ into a movie with the help of some high-profile friends. (Courtesy Joel Harper) Todd Woody is TakePart’s editorial director, environment.   Today is World Oceans Day, and author and activist Joel Harper is using the occasion to unveil an animated video based on his popular children’s book, All the Way to the Ocean. The book and video, which is available for download, tell the story of two skateboarding boys, Isaac and James, who journey from the city to the coast to learn how throwing trash down urban storm drains harms the ocean and wildlife. Encountering a talking crane, a surfer, and other characters, the boys are inspired to take action at their school to stop ocean pollution. Marcia Cross volunteered to...

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HOW ONE COUNTY TOOK ON ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE — AND THE TRUE COST OF NATURAL GAS...

Jun 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Brad Horn   THE WASHINGTON POST Battling a pipeline View Photos In Virginia, one woman’s fight to save her land Glass Hollow Road is a stretch of black asphalt in Virginia’s rural Nelson County, just west of Charlottesville. Ringed by lush green mountains, it runs for a mile or two before being swallowed by the forest. It’s lined with an occasional house, an occasional cow, and nothing is optional about waving to an oncoming driver. A short way down the road is a little white, single-story house and a not-so-little white barn, along with a dozen rusty vehicles slowly becoming one with the earth. For this house, there have been two pivotal moments in recent memory. The first occurred in December 1977, when a 19-year-old Virginia native named Heidi Cochran first laid eyes...

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WANT TO GET RESOURCES TO HOMELESS PEOPLE? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT...

Jun 8, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] WeCount connects donations to folks who need them. (Photos: Mitchell Funk/Getty Images; inset: Courtesy WeCount) Culture and education editor Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at Good.   Tents, sleeping bags, gently used clothing, an alarm clock. Those are just some of the items that people experiencing homelessness need to survive. They also are some of the items people not experiencing material poverty have lying around their garage and basement. But if you have a spare tent taking up space in your house, how do you get it to someone who sleeps in doorways and on bus benches? That’s the problem that WeCount, a hyperlocal web- and app-based sharing service that launched in Seattle last week, hopes to solve. WeCount...

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ENDGAME: SETTING THE TABLE FOR TUESDAY’S PRIMARY SHOWDOWN...

Jun 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a Democratic presidential candidate, is greeted by his grandchildren Ella and Dylan Driscoll before speaking at a campaign rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum three days before the California primary, in Los Angeles, June 4, 2016. (Monica Almeida / The New York Times) There are no jokes. The truth is the funniest joke of all.—Muhammad Ali David French has officially announced he will not mount an independent challenge to Donald Trump. Virtually every sentient being on the planet responded to this epochal announcement with, “Who the hell is David French?” Bill Kristol, the always-wrong fool king of right-wing pundits who has been pushing the idea of an insurgent French candidacy tweeted in response to the announcement, “Surrender? NUTS” —...

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CLIMATE JUSTICE FROM THE GROUND UP: SIX BALLOT INITIATIVES TO WATCH IN 2016...

Jun 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Matt Stannard, Occupy.com | Report Florida International University Solar House at Engineering Campus. Florida has two solar power initiatives on the ballot this year – a serious, progressive one and one that’s a deceptive giveaway to big carbon. (Photo: Junior Henry / Flickr) In this ongoing series “From the Ground Up,” Occupy.com joins with Commonomics USA in presenting stories of local struggles for a new, sustainable economy. Conventional wisdom holds that climate policy is international in scope and national in implementation. But big money has colonized national politics in the United States, gerrymandering has created a Congress unreflective of the will of the people, and the widespread economic insecurity associated with the transition away from fossil fuels feeds climate change denial and fear-mongering from the Beltway’s most powerful politicians. We need...

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ELECTRIC CARS ARE BREAKING RECORDS IN CALIFORNIA – SHARE THE NEWS...

Jun 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   The Union of Concerned Scientists partnered with Consumers Union to survey Californians on their interest and ability to drive an electric vehicle and found that more than half of Californians are likely to consider an electric vehicle as their next car purchase or lease. That is great news for our climate since, over their lifetime, battery electric vehicles produce far less global warming pollution than their gasoline counterparts—and they’re getting cleaner as California invests in more renewable sources of energy. Help make the shift to electric vehicles by sharing the great news: Electric cars are breaking records in California—and demand remains high. We need your help to spread the word and share this powerful graphic on social media. It’s clear that millions of Californians are excited about shifting away from gas-guzzling vehicles,...

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RESILIENCE + RESISTANCE: A RECIPE FOR JUSTICE AND SUSTAINABILITY...

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Chuck Collins, Sarah Byrnes   POST CARBON INSTITUTE This morning in Boston, seven people sat down in front of construction equipment, blocking construction of a fracked gas pipeline coming into the heart of the city. This evening, the Jamaica Plain Time Exchange hosted a spring seed and plant exchange. What do these two things have in common? In the face of climate change, we have the dual challenge of both resisting new fossil fuel infrastructure projects and building a resilient, sustainable and equitable economy in the shell of the old. Both resistance and resilience-building are necessary. Resistance requires a bold assertion of community rights and individual voices to interrupt, block, and prevent encroachment by a politically powerful fossil fuel industry. Resilience requires creativity, resourcefulness and reskilling – along with focus on the long...

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GOLD MINING HAS DEVASTATED THE PERUVIAN AMAZON...

May 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso THINK PROGRESS CREDIT: Aerial view taken from a police helicopter shows a jungle devastated by gold mining in an area known as La Pampa in Peru’s Madre de Dios region. Illegal wildcat mining has been ravaging pristine jungle and contaminating it with tons of mercury.   When Meraldo Umiña moved to the Madre De Dios region of Peru in 1983, the toxic gold rush that’s destroyed swaths of Amazon rainforest there was in its infancy. There were no laws regulating informal or illegal mining, and artisanal miners like him were few. “Gold was cheap,” Umiña, 59, told ThinkProgress in Spanish — “a gram was about $12.” Using simple but still harmful chemical methods, miners worked just by the rivers then, and the gold was easy to get, he said....

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NEW VIRUS IS CALLED THE TPP OR TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP...

May 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Friends   We have a serious crisis in our midst.     It is disguised under the auspices of free trade.   This new virus is called the TPP or Trans Pacific Partnership. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Pacific_Partnership https://www.eff.org/issues/tpp The energy that makes the virus grow is called TPA or Trade Promotion Authority which is also known as  fast track.   TPP is illegal under the secrecy terms and conditions being presented in direct violation of US law.   See Gravel v United States.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravel_v._United_States https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/408/606/case.html Any and all members of the US Senate, Congress or Executive branch engaged in secret trade agreements is in violation of the law and may be charged with both malfeasance and treason.  There is a dereliction of responsibility unintended or otherwise.   Most in America for reasons beyond belief have no...

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DOWN WITH GUILT! THERE ARE MUCH BETTER WAYS TO GET PEOPLE TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

May 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Heather Smith GRIST How do you get people to do something about climate change? For years, the answer has been to prod people into thinking about their role in causing it, to guilt trip them into action. Because any human who happens to live in North America has taken advantage of central heating, combustion engines, and the occasional monster truck rally. A recent study in the scientific journal Climatic Change has a surprising take on this long-standing practice. It finds that asking people to think about their individual guilt in causing climate change is about as effective as asking them to think about brushing their teeth. In other words, this research suggests that the common way organizations try to mobilize people around climate change is misguided. Better to frame it as...

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VACCINES DO CAUSE AUTISM. HERE’S HOW....

May 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] < Problem: How to explain the issue of synergistic toxicity in vaccines… Importance of the problem: There are many who believe “The Problem” is Thimerosal. There are many who believe “The Problem” is the MMR vaccine. It’s neither. It’s both. And SO MUCH MORE. A baby is born. On day one, that baby receives the Vitamin K shot (not a vaccine), which contains quite a lot of alcohol and many times the level of vitamin K that any infant would take in during a 24-hour period naturally. Alcohol is detoxified by the liver. On that same day, that baby receives the Hepatitis B vaccine – which contains 250 micrograms of aluminum. The FDA safety limit for aluminum in other injected medications (not vaccines – never been studied) is 5 micrograms per kilogram (2.2...

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MINIMALISM: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE IMPORTANT THINGS...

May 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things from The Minimalists on Vimeo. David Friedlander  LIFE EDITED We Review “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” If you’re looking for an unbiased review of “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things,” go to Rotten Tomatoes. This author was featured in the movie along with his wife and employer. The protagonists of the film–Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, aka The Minimalists–are people I choose to call friends; same goes for director Matt D’Avella. On the topic of Minimalism, you might say I fall somewhere between evangelist and zealot. So what do I think about the movie? It eff’ing rocks. The movie follows Joshua and Ryan as they crossed the country a couple years ago promoting their book “All That Remains.” Interwoven are interviews with...

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WELCOME TO 1984

May 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Chris Hedges   TRUTHDIG         Protester Bob Bowes, of Somerville, Mass., displays an American flag featuring corporate logos outside a meeting of U.S. elites in Boston. (Steven Senne / AP) The artifice of corporate totalitarianism has been exposed. The citizens, disgusted by the lies and manipulation, have turned on the political establishment. But the game is not over. Corporate power has within its arsenal potent forms of control. It will use them. As the pretense of democracy is unmasked, the naked fist of state repression takes its place. America is about—unless we act quickly—to get ugly. “Our political system is decaying,” said Ralph Nader when I reached him by phone in Washington, D.C. “It’s on the way to gangrene. It’s reaching a critical mass of citizen revolt.” This moment in American...

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ROBERT SCHEER TALKS ABOUT DISRUPTING MILITARISM WITH CODEPINK’S JODIE EVANS...

May 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/scheer-intelligence/jodie-evans-a-codepink-disrupter TRUTHDIG     Jodie Evans, speaking against foreclosures in 2012. (mpeake / CC BY-ND 2.0) In this week’s edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor in chief sits down with Codepink activist Jodie Evans to discuss her organization’s efforts to move the United States away from military conflict, as well as the origins of her activism.   Evans, along with several other women, started Codepink in 2002 as an effort to prevent the U.S. invasion of Iraq through confrontations with members of government. She also ran California Gov. Jerry Brown’s presidential campaign in 1992. In their conversation, Evans tells Scheer what it was like to run a campaign against Bill Clinton and notes the similarities she sees with Hillary Clinton’s campaign today. She also discusses her ideas about feminism and reconciling them...

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GET READY FOR A WAVE OF GREEN CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE, AMERICA...

May 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]     On Thursday, climate activists in the US began a week of direct action to “Break Free” from fossil fuels. By Zoë Carpenter THE NATION Arctic Offshore Drilling Activists in Portland, Oregon, protest the departure of a Shell icebreaker for the coast of Alaska. July 29, 2015. (AP Photo / Don Ryan) It’s been almost two weeks since a wildfire broke out near Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, forcing the evacuation of 90,000 residents from the tar-sands boom town. Swathes of spruce and pine forest continue to burn, fueled by dry conditions that scientists link to climate change. With 2,400 homes and thousands of acres of forest destroyed, it will be a long time before the region recovers. But oil companies operating in Alberta have already resumed oil-sands production. It’s against that...

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THE STAND AGAINST FORCED VACCINATION ACROSS THE STATES AND THE NVIC ADVOCACY PORTAL...

May 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Dawn Richardson, NVIC Director of Advocacy In 2015, state legislatures across the United States experienced an unprecedented flood of bills backed by the pharmaceutical and medical trade industries to restrict or remove personal belief vaccine exemptions, expand electronic vaccine tracking systems, and require more vaccines for children in school and adults in the workplace. The web-based NVIC Advocacy Portal, which was launched in 2010 to protect and expand the right to exercise informed consent to vaccination, was utilized more in 2015 than in any other previous year. NVIC’s Advocacy program tracked 160 bills across 41 states and four national bills in 2015! The NVIC Advocacy Portal is a free online communications network that connects registered users with their legislators through their smart phones, tablets and computers. Through the Portal, NVIC’s advocacy...

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PEOPLE POWER OVER CORPORATE POWER = CANCELED PIPELINE PROJECTS...

May 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Marc Yaggi |WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE A long-standing fight for the public’s right to their land and waterways came to an end April 22 when Gov. Cuomo’s New York State Department of Environmental Conservation denied the Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Constitution Pipeline. The pipeline was proposed to run for 124 miles and require the destruction of nearly 700,000 trees. Further, the pipeline would have carried fracked natural gas through the Hudson River estuary, crossing 289 waterbodies, multiple public drinking water sources and three watersheds. There was no expected public benefit from the pipeline. While the pipeline’s proponents alleged they would ship the fracked gas to New England, it was clear that the gas pipes leaving the pipeline’s terminus are all constrained, leaving no other option but to...

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SCIENTISTS MAY HAVE FOUND THE KEY TO MOTIVATING PEOPLE TO ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

May 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Alejandro Davila Fragoso CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Bullit Marquez Motivating people to act on climate change is a constant struggle for governments and nonprofits. But a new study may have found how best to frame the issue to inspire people not just to act, but also to give. In a study published in Climatic Change Wednesday, researchers found people may donate up to 50 percent more money to a cause when encouraged to think about a problem in collective terms, instead of appealing to personal responsibility. In other words, climate action campaigns like the ones Canada and the European Union have launched may do better when they call for us to act, instead of asking you to act. “We’re operating on a lot of baked-in assumptions on how to motivate people,” lead...

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FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE WITH SNAPCHAT? MEET THE PACIFIC ISLANDER TRYING TO DO IT....

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Lutunatabua holds a fue, which gives a chief the authority to speak in front of his people. Jeff Tan By Melissa CroninGRIST Sweating in the hot sun, the protesters sat in wooden canoes, staring up at a 40-foot-tall freight carrier. The gigantic vessel was trying to leave the Port of Newcastle in Australia, the largest coal port in the world. The canoers rowed and chanted and did their best to block this boat and others from leaving the harbor, until the police intervened. Back on the shore, Fenton Lutunatabua captured every moment on his smartphone. It was late 2014, and Lutunatabua had organized the protest with a group called the Pacific Climate Warriors, an alliance of activists from Vanuatu, Tokelau, the Solomon Islands, the Marshall Islands, and eight other island nations in the...

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THE TIME HAS COME TO TURN UP THE HEAT ON THOSE WHO ARE WRECKING PLANET EARTH...

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Bill McKibben  VIA TRUTHDIG Break free and join the biggest global action against fossil fuel companies the world has ever seen Global direct action began with hundreds of environmental activists invading the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in south Wales on Tuesday. Photograph: Kristian Buus for the Guardian   An interesting question is, what are you waiting for? Global warming is the biggest problem we’ve ever faced as a civilisation — certainly you want to act to slow it down, but perhaps you’ve been waiting for just the right moment. The moment when, oh, marine biologists across the Pacific begin weeping in their scuba masks as they dive on reefs bleached of life in a matter of days. The moment when drought in India gets deep enough that there are armed guards on...

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Bill McKibben Responds to Right-Wing Group’s Plans to Target Climate Activists With Trackers and Video Cameras...

May 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment This isn’t the first time right-wing operatives allied with the fossil fuel industry have targeted climate justice activists. By Bill McKibben / 350.org   VIA ALTERNET Bill McKibben speaking with supporters of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at a student meeting at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, New Hampshire. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr CC On Friday, anti-environmentalist front group America Rising Squared announced plans to target climate activists with trackers and video cameras. In response, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben issued the following statement: I’m of course flattered that our work has exposed the fossil fuel industry enough that they feel the need for this kind of personal attack — but as usual, the real news is the lengths they will go to avoid talking about the greatest issue of our time, their ongoing wreckage of...

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Nestlé Is Trying to Break Us: A Pennsylvania Town Fights Predatory Water Extraction...

Apr 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Activism Big corporations privatizing clean water to make a profit are stealing a human right. By Alexis Bonogofsky / Moyers and Company  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Travis Wise / Flickr Donna Diehl, a 55-year-old school bus driver from Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, a small historic town located on the edge of the Poconos, wanted to do three things this year: drive the bus, paint her bathroom and learn to crochet. Instead, Diehl, along with dozens of her neighbors, is spending her time trying to stop the largest food and beverage corporation in the world from taking her community’s water, putting it in bottles and selling it for a massive profit. Nestlé Waters, the North American subsidiary of the Swiss-owned Nestlé Corporation, had been active in Kunkletown for years, conducting well testing on a privately owned...

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