David Suzuki’s Keynote at PowerShift BC 2013

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"I come as an elder without an agenda," were keynoter David Suzuki's opening words at PowerShift BC 2013 in Victoria, Coast Salish Territories, B.C. Canada. From my notes: What happens in the next few years is critical for you, the youth. The party is over. We Elders … [Read more...]

PowerShift BC: Youth Gathering for Climate Justice (part 1)

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"I come as an elder without an agenda," were keynoter David Suzuki's opening words at the Friday October 4 keynotes for PowerShift BC 2013. He closed acknowledging that the indigenous people have what is needed now [a deep connection and passion to protect the … [Read more...]

Graphical Novel with a Teen Eco-Heroine: Luz Sees the Light

Reading Nancy Drew books fed my young imagination with a much-needed female character who's intelligent, gutsy, clever, and resourceful while she solved mysteries, fighting the "bad guys" and helping the oppressed. A real heroine. Luz is a similar role model for modern … [Read more...]

Dreams by Derrick Jensen

Dear Derrick, Over the past several months, I've read your book Dreams not just once, but twice. It has been more than an intellectual foray. It has been an experiencing, a journeying, a nightly rendezvous for communications from "other sides." I didn't want … [Read more...]

Planting the Seeds for a New Society (207)

Photo, left to right, back: Heather Nicholas, Aileen Warner, Ginny Martin, Ingrid Witvoet, Sue Custance; front: Janaia, EJ Hurst, Judith Plant; Jean Wyenberg; Chris Plant.

"We're a conduit and a packager of important cutting edge material that people need to do the work that they're engaged in." Judith Plant and the New Society Publishers (NSP) team are social change agents bringing emerging ideas and authors to the forefront. They converse … [Read more...]

At the ReCyclery, What Goes Around Comes Around

September 10, 2010. In Port Townsend's uptown district with lovely old Victorian houses and retail stores, we found a fabric sign for "The ReCyclery" hanging on a fence beside a gate. Inside was a spacious backyard lawn, with a lineup of used bicycles and a small shed. … [Read more...]

Santa Barbara Students Lead the Way to Sustainability (149)

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Take a personal tour with members of Santa Barbara City College's Student Sustainability Coalition. They're propelling action -- like bringing fresh, local organic produce daily to the salad bar, and placing recycling bins in the cafeteria. They're educating the campus all … [Read more...]

Economic Localization – A Community Rediscovering Itself

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In this freewheeling conversation, Jason Bradford and Brian Weller, co-founders of Willits Economic LocaLization (WELL), discuss local food security, creating a farm at a nearby grade school, being rooted in community, urban / rural issues in finance and land use, regional … [Read more...]

Energetic Students Empower Cal Poly

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The future's environmental leaders are here now! Student leader Tylor Middlestadt recounts how Empower Poly (San Luis Obispo, CA) is bringing students to the table--with staff, faculty, and local communities -- to shape a greener future. Students successfully pushed for … [Read more...]

The Powerdown Project

Students in New College of California's Powerdown Project are preparing templates usable by cities to assess how their core services will be affected by rising fossil-fuel prices and shortages. With project coordinator Ellen Bicheler, and students Wesley Caddell and Amber … [Read more...]