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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.


A Dictionary to Survive the Future

When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. In it, Fleming examined the consequences of an economy that destroys the very foundations—ecological, […] Read More

Michael Ableman’s 15-Point Urban Food Manifesto

What if farms and food production were integrated into every aspect of urban living—from special assessments to create new farms and food businesses to teaching people how to grow fruits and vegetables so farmers can focus on staple crops.That’s the crux of Michael Ableman’s Urban Food Manifesto, which has been ten years in the making […] Read More

Q&A with Michael Ableman: How Urban Farming Can Improve Society

Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic problems in their neighborhood.Street Farm is a story of recovery, of land and food, of people, and of the power of farming and nourishing […] Read More

Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future

In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day happened on August 8—the day when we’ve exhausted the planet’s resources for the year, and are essentially borrowing from future years to maintain our existence today.Perhaps you celebrated this day with a counter-solution: a vegetarian meal, telecommuted, or turned off the air conditioning. There’s a lot more you could be […] Read More

The Future Is Hopeless, So Give it Your All

The never-ending national election in the United States, the “surprise” pro-Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, climate change … the list goes on and on about how easy it can be to lose hope in the future.Like many of life’s frustrations, or overwhelmingly large topics, most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the […] Read More
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