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Diane Wilson featured in DiCaprio’s 11th Hour

Diane Wilson, who led the effort to stop to the egregious pollution being dumped into the waters near her Seadrift, Texas home, and which endangered the livelihood of local shrimpers, is one of several dozen leading environmentalists and activists featured in Leonard DiCaprio’s new movie, The 11th Hour. Wilson, whose book Unreasonable Woman documents this fight to save the bay, is also a founder of CODE-PINK. During her fight with some of the largest multinational companies in the world, she took on about every powerful local, county, state, and federal agency through a mix of hunger strikes, legal action, and other direct action. She encountered scorn, bribery, and death threats in her fight to seek justice and the truth. DiCaprio’s movie, which is seen as taking over where Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth left off, opened Friday in LA and NYC, with more theaters to be added in the coming weeks. For more information about the film read these articles: Don Hazen offers an excellent overview of the film, and its politics on AlterNet. Kelpie Wilson, of Truthout, also has an interview with Nadia Conners, a co-producer of the film.


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..

Depressed about Climate Change? Good. Here’s How to Take Action

The facts about climate change are settled. Mostly. In fact, the news seems to get worse, and more urgent, every day. Yet, the more the facts stack up, the less resolve many people seem to have about getting behind solutions that will stem, or turn, the tide. What gives? In What We Think About When […] Read More..