In Our Hands

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Obviously as social change agents, activists are well aware of the power society holds. In that case, may these pieces inspire, inform, or incite you to approach the making of change differently.    Why I Vote: Community Action Begins at the Ballot Folks hold voting in many different ways. I know of a staunch activist […]

Occupy the Dam | Brazil’s Indigenous Uprising

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Wellness and being well extends beyond us to the earth. And, of course, what we do to the earth affects all of us. Dams are noted for their destruction of the earth. The Belo Monte Dam in Brazil, which Indigenous people have been fighting against for many years, is no exception. What may be exceptional […]

Ancestral Pride at the BC Legislature | Warrior Up Or Get The Hell Out of the Way!

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In this video Gaaiwna Crow and Queen Sacheen speak bluntly about the problems facing Native American and non-Native American folks. They call special attention to the neglect of the environment and how that neglect is related to the oppression and exploitation of Native American people.

Todd Paglia | Speaking for the Trees

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Todd Paglia started his advocacy career with Ralph Nader in 1995 by taking on some of the largest companies in the US on issues of corporate welfare and consumer protection. He also led in the transformation of the purchasing practices of the federal government, the world’s largest consumer of paper.  After more than a decade with ForestEthics, Todd has […]

november 2012

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“So many indigenous people have said to me that the fundamental difference between Western and indigenous ways of being is that even the most open-minded westerners generally view listening to the natural world as a metaphor, as opposed to the way the world really is. Trees and rocks and rivers really do have things to […]

Forest Ethics | Forests for the Trees

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Over the past few years ForestEthics has made huge environmental progress, including protecting the Great Bear Rainforest, Canada’s Boreal Forest, and shifting the practices of the paper industry. They are now in the process of stopping Canada’s Tar Sands by encouraging companies from all over the US to commit to not using fuel from Tar […]

Fields Wicker-Miurin | Learning from Leadership’s “Missing Manual”

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At a TED salon in London, Fields Wicker-Miurin shares three stories about unique leaders from around the world. These stories of remarkable, local leaders display how powerful the connection is between Indigenious people and the environments, causes, and people they influence. Watch Learning from Leadership’s “Missing Manual”

The Praxis Project | EAT4Health Fellowship Program

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Praxis and Community Science have started a new fellowship program for leaders in the food justice community. They aim to strengthen leadership and learning for food policy advocates in order to support people in low-income communities and communities of color. Their first fellowships have already been granted. In an effort to amplify grassroots voice in […]

Trees Transform

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Written & contributed by Shepherd Bliss Morning: Listening Trees transform, shield, shade and provide oxygen, fruit, and beauty. They offer many other gifts. Without trees, humans would not survive. Through the magical process of photosynthesis, tree leaves and other green plants release oxygen by transforming carbon dioxide and water. As our human learning community walks […]

As Colorado River Dries Up, The West Feels The Pain

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Listen to the story about the Colorado River, a water source which many people in the country rely on for both water and electricity. Learn why its drying up and what’s being done to protect it.  The Colorado River touches the lives of Americans coast to coast. The river begins in the Rocky Mountains and […]

The Healing of Congo

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Congo is one the richest, most beautiful areas in the world. These days it is facing threats at multiple levels all of which affect not only the people there, but all of us. Today I received the following letter from my dear friend, Cynthia Jurs. For the last two decades she has traveled all over […]

The Real Reason the Military is Going Green

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The military is going green. The motivation to do so is an enlightening one, and one that has much to do with global instability and the lives of service men and women. Retired Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson calls himself  “an accidental environmentalist.” His epiphany about climate change started with a tactical problem. In 2006 and […]