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November 2008

Transition Towns: Strawberries and Cream in the People’s Paradise?

Often (I’m told), a new convert to the Transition Movement will embrace it with the fervor of a religious zealot. The skeptic warns that crafting a vision of the future and trying to steer society towards that vision is an endeavor that is not only presumptuous but fraught with peril. The truth, says Rob Hopkins, […]

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R. J. Ruppenthal: Back to the (Tiny Plot of) Land

The economic crisis has put the squeeze on a lot of working families and individuals, and economists agree that it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Happily, many are looking at this time of crisis as a time of opportunity. Rather than moaning and sticking their heads in the sand, people are getting […]

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LISTEN: Obama’s Challenge Author Robert Kuttner on the Crisis and the Cure

Robert Kuttner, co-founder of The American Prospect and author of Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency, took a risk when he decided to write this book. He predicted the crash of the economy. He predicted the country was ready to elect an African American to the presidency. There were, […]

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Waxman Defeats Dingell: Score One for the Environment

John Dingell’s defeat at the hands of Henry Waxman for chairmanship of the powerful Energy and Commerce panel points to a new willingness in the House of Representatives to tackle the issues of climate change and worker rights more aggressively, and signals a readiness on the part of lawmakers to work closely with the new […]

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WATCH: Matthew Stein: The Grab-and-Run Bag and Divine Inspiration

Matthew Stein joined Helen Raptis and Dave Anderson an AM Northwest to talk about his book, When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency Stein revealed how he got the idea for the book: it came to him in a flash of inspiration from above. Dave Anderson: Why did you […]

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Offshore Drilling in Alaska: Obama Must Slow the Rush

As Dr. Riki Ott, marine biologist and author of Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, knows from firsthand experience, when an oil company promises “not one drop” of oil will be spilled, the promise should be taken with a grain of salt. (See: The Exxon Valdez […]

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Huffington’s Green Gift Givers’ Guide to Holiday Harmony

We’re putting together a spectacular list of great Chelsea Green gift goodies that will surely inspire your friends and family to join you in 2009 in launching a community garden, or transitioning your home off fossil fuels, or finally beginning to compost your kitchen scraps. But, while we’re putting the final bows and decorations on […]

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The First 100 Days: Recession-Proofing with a Green New Deal

Jonathan L. Gelbard, Ph.D., reports on that, though we’re facing an unprecedented perfect storm of crises—the economy, climate change, and peak oil—it’s not yet time to despair.1 We’ve taken a good first step: putting the right guy in charge. But there’s still a lot of work to be done. The good news is that […]

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Terra Madre 2008: A Voice from the Youth Delegation

Described by some as the “United Nations of food,” the third biennial Terra Madre gathering, held by the international Slow Food convivium, brought together thousands of small farmers, fishers, artisan food producers, cooks, academic researchers, and other participants to a small village in Italy in celebration of food. Student Whitney Brown was part of the […]

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WATCH: Greg Pahl’s Sustainably Heated Home: His Wood-Pellet Boiler

Greg Pahl, author of Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Options, no longer relies on fossil fuels for winter heat. He has no natural gas tank or oil bill. He is not subject to the wild fluctuations in market energy prices—from expensive to ludicrous. And he isn’t spewing once-buried carbon into our […]

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