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Bill McKibben: Don’t just sit there fuming CO2 over global warming, DO something!

The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Stop Global Warming By Tara Lohan, AlterNet. Posted February 1, 2007. Environmentalist Bill McKibben explains that forcing Congress to take action on climate change is the top priority. Fortunately, he has a plan. It has been a winter for the record books in the Northeast and Midwest. People are golfing in Michigan instead of ice fishing, sap is running in Vermont, and cherry blossoms are blooming in Washington, D.C. People are waking up to spring in January and the stark reality of climate change. “Hurricane Katrina blew the door open and Al Gore walked through it with his movie,” environmental writer Bill McKibben said. “Now we have to take that education and turn it into action.” Americans finally understand that climate change is real — and it is a problem. So, now what? “People are ready to do something — to do something more than change their light bulbs,” said McKibben, “they understand the need for quick and dramatic political action.” McKibben is spearheading what will be the largest public demonstration against global warming our country has ever seen. “On April 14, instead of doing a march on Washington — which would burn a fair amount of carbon,” said McKibben, “we will have a nationwide rally, occurring more or less simultaneously, in all the places that people love around the country.” The goal of the action, Step It Up 2007, is to demand that Congress enact immediate cuts in carbon emissions and pledge an 80 percent reduction by 2050. This is not your typical protest…


Born on Third Base: A Q&A with Author and Inequality Activist Chuck Collins

As inequality grabs headlines, steals the show in presidential debates, and drives deep divides between the haves and have nots in America, class war brews. Does it have to be this way?Can we suspend both class wars long enough to consider a new way forward? Is it really good for anyone that most of society’s […] Read More

Three Principles to Survive the Future

What guiding principles will you need to not just survive the future, but imagine a better one? Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. That hardback consists of four hundred and four interlinked dictionary entries, […] Read More

The 5 Rules of Lean Thinking

Are you ready to co-create the future? These 5 Rules of Lean Thinking are a useful tool as we set out to collectively invent a post-market future.Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. That […] Read More

Sow Seeds: Stop Walking Around Doing Nothing

“In the last one hundred years, 94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”That’s one of the key takeaways in award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray’s book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. In her book, Ray […] Read More

Solar Dollars: Promote Renewable Energy & Support Local Economies

How can you use the sun as a way to not only generate renewable energy, but support the local economy and provide interest-free financing for utility companies?Author Thomas Greco (The End of Money and the Future of Civilization) has the answer: Solar Dollars!In a recent post on this blog (Beyond Money), Greco makes the case […] Read More
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