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About cskolnik

Adjunct professor in Writing, Rhetoric & Discourse and faculty advisor to the Institute of Nature & Culture at DePaul University. Interests: rhetoric, neuroscience, sustainability, social justice, William James, active imagination. Contributing co-editor of DePaul's *Environmental Critique* blog. Also see *Rhetoric and the Plastic Brain.*

Fossil Free Campaign Watch Party–January 31st

Reposted From Chicago 350

Hosted by Chicago 350

Wednesday, January 31 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CST

Elastic Arts
3429 W Diversey Ave #208
Chicago, IL 60647

On January 31st, the day after Trump’s first State of the Union, movement leaders and community organizers will gather in Washington D.C. to share our plan to win. We will watch this live stream together here in Chicago.

The live stream event will feature Senator Bernie Sanders, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben, Rev. Lennox Yearwood from Hip Hop Caucus, Jacqueline Patterson from the NAACP, Cherri Foytlin from BOLD Louisiana, Adriana Voss-Andreae from 350PDX, Varshini Prakash from the Sunrise Movement, Jessica Lorena Rangel from Eyes of a Dreamer, and many other exciting speakers and performances.

Thousands of people just like you will join watch parties around the country to learn more about the climate crisis and what some pipeline fighters, local climate champions and national progressive leaders are doing to fight back in 2018. And during your watch party, you can plot out what you need to do to win bold climate action in your hometown.

We will provide snacks, and the venue is BYOB

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Water Security vs. Energy Independence: A Case of US Human Rights

Jennifer Veilleux considers the consequences on health and happiness when federal regulations and loopholes favor energy independence over water security.

Source: Water Security vs. Energy Independence: A Case of US Human Rights

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the bardo heart of a dog

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Standing Up to Climate Denial in Action

by Thanu Yakupitiyage – 350.org

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The only event the Trump administration hosted at the COP 23 UN climate talks during the last two weeks in Germany was a panel promoting “clean” coal, nuclear, and other fossil fuels. This is climate denial in action.

Luckily, people weren’t buying it. As fossil fuel executives took the stage to speak, hundreds of people rose up, disrupting the event by singing, and walked out. I was there, and I can tell you that being part of that beautiful and powerful moment sent shivers down my spine. But don’t just take it from me — watch this powerful video of people rising up in resistance.

This powerful act of resistance was led by members of the U.S. People’s Delegation. The delegation included youth, Indigenous peoples, frontline communities, advocates, and policymakers who came to Germany to stand their ground as the true representatives of people in the U.S. Through direct actions, speak outs and discussions with elected officials, they spotlighted that true climate leadership in the U.S. comes from the people.

The U.S. People’s Delegation sent a powerful message to the world in Germany: U.S. communities aren’t waiting for this administration to get its act together — we’re demanding lasting change now. The delegation showed world leaders that people are already organizing in cities and states across the country to call for a fast, just transition to a world free of fossil fuels that’s powered by 100% renewable energy for all.

The organizations represented in the People’s Delegation include: SustainUS, Sunrise Movement, Indigenous Environmental Network, Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, and the Climate Justice Alliance as part of It Takes Roots, U.S Human Rights Network, Climate Generation, Our Children’s Trust, ICLEI USA, NextGen America, and 350.org.

Now, with the climate talks having just finished, the delegation members are heading home for some much-needed rest — but here in the U.S., our fight is just beginning. We will be in touch soon with more information on what’s next.

With resolve,

Thanu Yakupitiyage

 

 

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Strange Bird in Tempe

 

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Read Jeff VanderMeer’s The Strange Bird.

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Humans of Kiribati

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THE HUNGRY TIDE

Photographer’s Caption: In this picture, we see the impact of Cyclone Pam’s initial waves on the Capital Island of Tarawa. Sandbag walls, constructed from reused rice bags and gathered sand are often the island’s only defense against king tides, storms, and cyclones. “To be honest I thought this is the end of my world. It’s like watching a live movie. People running for their lives, BUT praise the Lord it’s just a mini tsunami. Heaps of things destroyed, fortunately no one is harmed. Now, people are beginning to wonder how long they will be able to remain in their homeland.”

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Toxic Waste

 

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beneath the myth

of separation

from nature

separation from

culture lies

we posit

normative perspectives

and dream

of high ground

but there is no

rarified

 

culture

inhabits us

all

contaminated

 

it is toxic waste you mourn for

 

Photograph by Judy Natal: Source Flats Studio

 

 

 

 

 

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