WHY CITIZENS (NOT SHOPPERS) HOLD THE KEY TO A BETTER WORLD

I want to re-circulate this video from The Story of Stuff Project and encourage you all to take the quiz to see what role can you play in changing the world’s economy.   “Over the past several decades, many environmental and social change efforts have come to reflect the centrality of shopping in our culture, suggesting…

Debord and Marquez at Fifty

Originally posted on andy merrifield:
Just as mainstream politics plumbs the depths, this year’s Golden Jubilee of Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude helps radical politics soar. With spellbinding brilliance both books continue to fascinate and grip readers. Each transforms the world we thought we…

BE SMART: SMART CITY FINANCE FOR YOUR CITIZENS

“A SMART CITY USES TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE SERVICES TO ITS CITIZENS AND TO DELIVER A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE IN BY TACKLING CHALLENGES SUCH AS MOBILITY, CLIMATE CHANGE, MIGRATION AND SECURITY. BUT SMART CITIES AREN’T JUST ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY.” This podcast from the European Investment Bank can be useful to know the financial…

‘Extraordinary’ month for Scottish renewable energy

Scotland had “another extraordinary month” for renewable energy in May, according to environmental groups.     Wind turbines alone provided enough electricity to supply 95% of Scottish homes. WWF Scotland analysed renewables data provided by WeatherEnergy. It also found that in several parts of Scotland, homes fitted with solar PV panels had enough sunshine to…

China and California sign deal to work on climate change without Trump

Governor Jerry Brown says president’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris agreement will be only a temporary setback China and California have signed an agreement to work together on reducing emissions, as the state’s governor warned that “disaster still looms” without urgent action on climate change. The governor of California, Jerry Brown,…

Terrorism and the De-Gentrification of Istanbul

A devastating string of attacks and woeful city planning have driven away locals and tourists alike, prompting a swift process of decline.   Istanbul’s central Beyoğlu district experienced sweeping gentrification throughout the 2000s, as its popularity increased among locals and a boom in tourism brought more and more visitors. But a devastating string of terror…

Britain: For the Love of God, Please Stop Theresa May

Originally posted on Benjamin Studebaker:
On June 8 (this Thursday), Britain has a general election. I care deeply about British politics–I’m doing my PhD at Cambridge. But more importantly, Theresa May’s government has managed the country’s economy and public services with stunning fecklessness, and I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t do my part…

LAWSUITS ARE CHALLENGING ALMOST ALL TRUMP’S ENVIRONMENTAL OFFENSIVES

By blocking these common sense standards, the administration is reversing progress in cleaning the air we breathe and fighting climate change On Thursday, President Trump made international headlines by announcing his intent to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement—a landmark decision that was met with outrage and dismay from climate activists and environmentalists. But while…

Wind Project in Wyoming Envisions Coal Miners as Trainees

  Goldwind Americas, an arm of a leading wind-turbine manufacturer based in China, has been expanding its business in the United States. It has been careful to seek out local, American workers for permanent jobs on the wind farms it supplies. Now it is trying to extend that policy to an unlikely place: Wyoming, which…

What Does Trump’s Budget Mean for the Environment?

His proposal would gut federal enforcement and effectively halt many Superfund cleanups. Didn’t we just go through this? In early March, President Trump proposed a budget that would have scaled back the federal government’s stewardship of the environment beyond recognition. The budget traded historically unprecedented cuts to the EPA for $50-billion boosts to defense spending,…