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Dan Chiras Fights Back

Chelsea Green is excited to announce that Dan Chiras will be a regular guest blogger on the Flaming Grasshopper. Dan is a Chelsea Green author who has written several green building books. We would like to introduce you to Dan’s more political side.
Most readers know Dan Chiras as a thoughtful, inspiring, and well-mannered advocate of green building, renewable energy, and sustainable development. His many books on the subject like The Solar House, The New Ecological Home, and The Natural Home have sold thousands of copies and stirred countless citizens to take action. Dan has another side, too. He is a textbook writer. But wait you say, what could be less exciting than a textbook author? Dan’s currently taken on the Texas State Board of Education in a precedent-setting First Amendment suit filed in conjunction with the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice after the Board rejected his book for use in Texas high schools.
Why? Environmental Science was rejected for use in Texas because it was considered “anti-American, anti-free enterprise, anti-Christian, and pro-Indian.” Was it? Absolutely not. The book told the truth about environmental issues, which the “thought police” in Texas deemed unfit for young readers. In their attempt to control the content of textbooks in Texas and nationwide, the Texas State Board of Education, spurred on by thought police of such groups as the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Citizens for a Sound Economy have mounted a massive nationwide campaign to tell America’s story the way they want you to believe it. Their plan is to crush the free and open exchange of ideas – to sanitize the truth. Dan and the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice are taking this case restricting freedom of speech in schools, which is vital to education in today’s complex society, all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary! And now, you will see another side of Dan: his astute, accurate, and timely political analysis. Dan’s fed up with the lies and deceit of the current Administration and here to help his readers sort through the facts and fallacies, and to hold the Administration’s feet to the fire, as it were. He’s taking on Bush and Company, the Republican-dominated Congress and Senate, the Right-Wing Social Fundamentalists who are taking over the Republican Party and brainwashing Americans, and the Corporations who are actively working to usher in a new era of American History, one that spells trouble for you and me.


Bern Baby Bern!

Feel the Bern, now read the Bern. Chelsea Green is bringing out the first major book chronicling the issues being raised by US Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for president of the United States. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is the only book that outlines, in Sanders’ own words and […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..

A Mini-Festo for Earth Day – Rebuild the Foodshed

For the past month, author Philip Ackerman-Leist has been on a Twitter MiniFesto campaign – each day sending out a new tweet designed to spark conversation and pass along some lessons he learned whilst working on his last book, Rebuilding the Foodshed. You might also know Philip as the author of his memoir Up Tunket […] Read More..

Books in the News: ‘The Tao of Vegetable Gardening’ & More!

What does Taoism have to do with gardening? That question is being answered in The Washington Post this week with a lengthy profile of Chelsea Green author Carol Deppe—gardener, plant breeder, seed expert, and geneticist based in Oregon—and her new book The Tao of Vegetable Gardening. “Once I read The Tao of Vegetable Gardening, with its […] Read More..