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A little climate law can be a dangerous thing

One of the important take-home messages in Peter Barnes’ Climate Solutions is that the political action needed for addressing global warming has to be done right, and it has to be done right the first time. That’s not only because time is running has pretty much run out, it’s that the needed policies will be forcing large changes on the economy’s status quo, and politics being what it is, any policies adopted risk being undermined by fair-weather politicians in the future. The first tool in the belt of the underminers is to greenwash government action–have the government adopt policies that look like they’ll do something but in reality won’t do enough. Adding insult to injury, they also threaten to enrich the fossil fuel industries at the expense of everyone else. Instead of fiddling while Rome burns, it’ll be like mailing out Photoshopped images of Congress “fighting the fire” when actually they’re roasting marshmallows with their benefactors in the box seats. Most voters won’t be in a position to know the difference, and so the politicians will get to spit shine their reputations with voters as leaders on the issue and eat their corporate contributions too. The environmental group Friends of the Earth is on the same page as Barnes. They’ve got a letter-to-Congress campaign going to beat back the first major greenwash effort being led by Senator Corporate Tool Joe Lieberman. “FIX or DITCH the Lieberman-Warner Global Warming Bill.” On your way to picking up a copy of Barnes’ vital new book (which has additional tips on how to make climate policy more resistant to political backsliding), take a moment to click over to FoE and join the fight.

“Rules for Revolutionaries” Offers New Political Playbook for Activists

A riveting behind-the-scenes look at the “rules” used by the “revolutionaries” who helped harness the volunteer power that fueled Bernie Sanders’ historic, and insurgent, presidential campaign.Authors Becky Bond and Zack Exley led the Sanders campaign’s efforts to recruit and engage volunteers at an unprecedented level, which was crucial to the Vermont senator capturing 46 percent […] Read More

In Memory: Poet David Budbill

“One village of the many—call it Judevine.”The Chelsea Green family was saddened to hear of the death of Vermont poet, author, and friend David Budbill. He died early Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 at his home in Montpelier. He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a year ago, and was in steady decline.In 1991, Chelsea […] Read More

Celebrate Homesteading Month with Chelsea Green

It’s September, which means it’s time to celebrate homesteading: Pose a question, tell a story, win a book!That’s right, September is International Homesteading Education Month, and throughout the month we’ll be publishing some of our favorite homesteading tips, techniques, and even recipes. We’ll be featuring authors Carol Deppe, Janisse Ray, Ben Hewitt, Philip Ackerman-Leist, as […] Read More

Hop Grower’s Handbook Wins Silver for Garden Writing

We’re “hopping” for joy at Chelsea Green for authors Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich Gehring as they’ve been honored with a Silver Medal by GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators for their book The Hop Grower’s Handbook.Laura and Deitrich won the prestigious honor in the Writing category for a technical/reference book of greater than 120 […] Read More

Gene Logsdon: Contrary Farmer & Rural Philosopher (1931-2016)

One of Chelsea Green’s most prolific writers, thinkers, and all-around curmudgeonly but lovable farmer — Gene Logsdon — died this week. We were heartbroken to hear the news, and many of us who have worked with Gene over the years  began to think of all the ways in which we were the better for not […] Read More
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