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And what will be of Alaska?

That’s what the Alaska legislature wants to know.
Alaska House Addresses Global Warming The Alaska House unanimously passed HCR 30, by Rep. Reggie Joule, which would create a commission on how to deal with the erosion, floods and thawing permafrost brought by global warming. The commission would conduct eight hearings around the state and deliver a preliminary report of its findings by next March. A final report and recommendations would be due Jan. 10, 2008.
I suspect they’re going to find themselves in something of a pickle. Once they consider the costs the state will bear as a victim of global warming, will they be willing to consider reorienting the state’s economy so that it is less dependent on encouraging more global warming will all their oil? The state government relies totally on oil money for its budget and so the residents love not having to pay any state taxes — better yet, they get a check from the state every year. (And they largely need it; the cost of living up there is outrageous.) It’ll take some real soul searching to make the big changes that calls for.


Author Petra Kuenkel: The Art of Leading Collectively

More than ever before, there is a focus on new, collective forms of leadership—and an urgency to get collective change processes underway, all over the world. What’s behind the recent push to move collective leadership to the fore? Whether we find ourselves in societal or organizational change, it requires collective energy and drive to bring […] Read More

10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More

Top 8 Chelsea Green Books the Self-Styled Oregon Militia Should Read

The ongoing armed militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is showing no signs of ending — so, rather than send them snacks, or sex toys, we had an idea: Send them a book! Better yet, send them several Chelsea Green books. Don’t worry, we’ve picked five key titles that we think […] Read More

Author David Stroh: First Steps to Becoming a Systems Thinker

Systems thinking is often seen as something relegated to scientific and business analysis – economics, resource depletion, and climate. However, Systems Thinking for Social Change focuses on how to use systems thinking to make breakthrough progress on intransigent social problems. We asked author David Stroh how this approach can make an impact, and how readers […] Read More

Use Systems Thinking to Make Lasting Social Change

What can be done when our best intentions create unintended problems—such as temporary shelters increasing homelessness or food aid accelerating starvation?After decades of helping change-makers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors address tough social problems, systems-thinking expert David Stroh shares the pioneering framework that both demystifies systems thinking and shows how it can lead […] Read More
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