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Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

When you open the official community web page for Vero Beach, Florida, you are confronted with soft focus image of a stretch of Atlantic Beach. Clean, white sand in the foreground is accented with seagulls and a healthy amount of seaweed, and the sky in the background is blue. Underneath the photo a cation reads: “Discover our Lifestyle Choices.” Vero Beach is a resort community on the East Coast of Florida. It distinguishes itself from other resort communities on the East Coast of Florida through its “priorities on art, education, culture, and unequaled lifestyles.” And really, life in Vero Beach does seem to be pretty nice. Among its almost 20,000 residents are seven national merit students, forty-six volunteers for the elderly, and one international criminal wanted for the culpable homicide of over 8000 people in India. What? Welcome to the “unequaled lifestyle” of Warren Anderson, 82 year-old ex-CEO of Union Carbide, who’s been splitting his time between a home in Bridgehampton, NY, and Vero Beach, FL, absconding from justice for the past thirteen years. Somehow, this notorious corporate criminal and overseer of the world’s worst environmental disaster has managed to avoid going to jail over the lives he shattered in Bhopal in 1984, and seems to be living pretty well these days. Meanwhile, the 20,000 victims exposed to Union Carbide’s toxic release in Bhopal are still drinking contaminated water, suffering countless health problems, and waiting for compensation. Diane Wilson is hunting Warren down to ask him to take a little responsibility for his actions in Bhopal, but he won’t be easy to find. There are eleven golf courses in the Bridgehampton area alone, and Warren could be sipping a mint julep at any one of them. The price point on that mint julep kind of makes you wonder whether the victims of Bhopal can even imagine the unequaled lifestyle of Warren Anderson. It also makes you wonder whether the residents of Vero Beach could imagine that their neighbor is responsible for the destruction of a community larger than Vero Beach itself.


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When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left behind his great unpublished work, a masterpiece more than thirty years in the making—an intellectually evocative and inspiring dictionary, Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How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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