See this turtle's miraculous recovery after getting caught in a piece of litter. When it comes to prioritizing environmental concerns, curbing litter isn't exactly at the top of the list. After all, when there are much bigger dangers like harmful emissions, overfishing, and climate change to worry about, how much harm are a few pieces of plastic on the ground really going to do? Just splitting a sixer of Strawberry Crush with my bros. What's the worst that could happen? Photo by iStock. But there's one turtle that would staunchly disagree with that mindset (or, at least he would if he could talk).
Lessons from the Successful Campaign to Defeat the Trump-Style Hate of Sheriff Joe Arpaio Photo Credit: Bazta Arpaio During his 24 years as the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio erected a tent city prison he referred to as a “concentration camp;” forced incarcerated people to march in front of media cameras while chained together; repeatedly defied court orders to stop racially profiling people of Latin American descent; and became a national ambassador for Arizona’s inhumane detention and deportation policies. It is difficult to know exactly how many people were tortured, killed or committed suicide in his jails, but many suspect the number is high. So when community organizers with the Bazta Arpaio coalition on Tuesday won a long-term struggle to unseat the sheriff, now 84, the community rejoiced.
New online game allows kids to design their own energy-efficient city © Plan It GreenFor those involved in engaging and educating our young clean energy leaders of tomorrow, another tool just got added to your workshop, thanks to a new online city-building game. Plan It Green allows players to create their own virtual cities and attempt to transform them into the most energy-efficient cities possible, earning points for energy production, eco-friendliness, and the happiness of the citizens of these digital domains. The free game aims to help young people better understand the energy systems available to us and what it takes to build a successful and sustainable community.
American Academy of Pediatrics Cuts Ties with Monsanto Months ago Mamavation learned that the American Academy of Pediatrics was in a sponsorship relationship with Monsanto, a chemical company and makers of DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange, glyphosate & GMOs. In fact, Monsanto has been deemed the 3rd most hated company in the United States by the Harris Poll this year measuring “reputation quotient” which basically means how people feel about them. Baffled by this relationship, Mamavation founder Leah Segedie contacted the AAP through a close friend and colleague and was put in touch with their Public Affairs team. “I was completely shocked that the American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization that moms put their trust in at some of the most vulnerable times in their lives was associating with a company that didn’t elicit trust at all. I knew this association was potentially damaging to the AAP and that Monsanto was getting far more out of it than pediatricians ever would.
About TreeHugger TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. We publish an up to the minute blog, weekly and daily newsletters, and regularly updated Twitter and Facebook pages. TreeHugger is part of Narrative Content Group. Melissa Breyer With a background in food, science, art and design, Melissa has edited and written for national and international publications including The New York Times Magazine. 12 Life Lessons from a Man Who's Seen 12000 Deaths Rooted in the hearts of many Hindus is the belief that if you breathe your last in Kashi (Varanasi) you attain what is popularly known as ‘Kashi Labh’ or ‘the fruit of Kashi’—moksh or “release from the cycle of rebirth impelled by the law of karma”. Kashi Labh Mukti Bhawan in Varanasi is one of the three guesthouses in the city where people check in to die. The other two are Mumukshu Bhawan and Ganga Labh Bhawan.
News organizations need to stop broadcasting Sean Spicer’s press conferences live. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images How should journalists cover people who lie routinely and brazenly, and whose plain goal is to delegitimize the traditional press as an institution? You’d have imagined by now that American journalists from major news organizations would have a strategy, given the Trump team’s habitual contempt for truth during the presidential campaign. But by the end of Day 2 of the Trump presidency, it was clear that the press corps—or at least the portion of it that covers the White House—is still groping for a way forward. Saturday’s triple spectacle was a lesson and a harbinger. On a day when millions of people took to the streets in America and across the globe in a wave of Women’s Marches to protest Trump’s misogyny, racism, corruption, and more, Trump and his press secretary, Sean Spicer, took to their podiums and shredded truth as they attacked journalism.
Oxytocin Changes Everything What does petting a cat, hugging a friend, deep breathing, a walk in the woods, and giving away money to someone have in common? These are but a few ways to release the hormone of love and connection, Oxytocin. We humans are like puppets on strings. The puppet-masters are our brain chemicals, the hormones that color our perceptions as well as the way we interact with the world around us.
6 Reasons Why Resisting Trump Is Not Enough: Here's How We Might Be Able to Save Our Democracy Photo Credit: Michael Vadon / Flickr Many progressives are in a major defensive crouch. We're all about resisting everything Trump does, no matter what. We should stop his appointments, decry his PR efforts on jobs, chide him for his love affair with Putin and atomic weapons, defend the social programs he threatens to destroy, ridicule him for his climate change denials, advocate for groups he threatens to deport or discriminate against, and most importantly, impeach him as soon as possible for his disregard for the constitution. While resistance is critically important, we will fail unless resistance is contained within a long term strategy to reverse runaway inequality and upend neoliberalism (defined as systematic tax breaks for the rich, cuts in social programs, anti-union legislation, financial deregulation and corporate-managed trade).
Rachel’s Last Fund-Raiser Perhaps every generation of geezers since Adam and Eve has whined about young people, and today is no different. Isn’t it clear that in contrast to our glorious selves, kids these days are self-absorbed Facebook junkies just a pixel deep? No, actually that’s wrong at every level. This has been a depressing time to watch today’s “adults,” whose talent for self-absorption and political paralysis makes it difficult to solve big problems. But many young people haven’t yet learned to be cynical.
Resisting the Trump Agenda: Our Five-Point Plan We are at a critical and terrifying moment for economic justice organizing. With the election of far-right Donald Trump and an incoming veto-proof Republican majority in the Pennsylvania Senate, we at Philadelphia Jobs with Justice are preparing for an unprecedented assault on our rights in our workplaces and our communities. At both national and state levels, we can expect regressive legislation targeting women, wage workers, seniors, people of color, immigrants, and many more. We take this threat extremely seriously.
Resilience Alliance - Panarchy No system can be understood or managed by focusing on it at a single scale. All systems (and SESs especially) exist and function at multiple scales of space, time and social organization, and the interactions across scales are fundamentally important in determining the dynamics of the system at any particular focal scale. This interacting set of hierarchically structured scales has been termed a "panarchy" (Gunderson and Holling 2003). Panarchy is a framework of nature's rules, hinted at by the name of the Greek god of nature- Pan - whose persona also evokes an image of unpredictable change. Since the essential focus of Panarchy is to rationalize the interplay between change and persistence, between the predictable and unpredictable, Holling et al. (2002) draw on the notion of hierarchies of influences between embedded scales, that is pan-archies, to represent structures that sustain experiments, test its results and allow adaptive evolution.