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VIDEO: Back from the Walk for our Grandchildren 2013

How far would you walk to save our climate? For the members of the 2013 Walk for our Grandchildren, the answer is at least 100 miles. That's how far they walked: starting from Camp David on July 19th, and arriving at the White House on July 27th. I figured the least I could do was provide them with an actual […]

Bigger, Flamier, More People-Powered: Gasland II

He's back! Everybody's favorite fracktivist documentarian Josh Fox has done a sequel to his breakout documentary Gasland, which basically invented the genre of fracktivist documentary. It's a tough act to follow, in that I believe Gasland is the biggest cause of people joining the fracking movement, second only to having a your own water tap catch fire, and I was […]

Live from #nn13 it’s Environmental Action

Last year, Netroots Nation literally changed my life. I try not to overuse that phrase, but in this case it's true. Getting the chance to go (though Democracy for American's Scholarship program) gave me access to a whole world of people using technology to change our real world for the better. And I couldn't help be changed as well. It […]

Global Warming: Parching and Flooding my Home—Again.

Global warming is often described as an abstract, distant issue. For any of us who grew up in Wisconsin in the 1980's, it is far from that. In 1988, as the news was breaking of the dire environmental threat of global warming, even worse than the hole in the ozone layer,the worst drought since the Dust Bowl era struck. It […]

No more Blind Faith in Oil

We are excited by Sally Jewell's confirmation as Interior Secretary. Her background as the head of REI might make her more favorable to conservation, or at least more aware of the economic values of recreation and conservation – not just hunting, ranching and drilling. But we also know she used to be an oil engineer. That part of her resume, along […]

100,000 strong against fracking in Pennyslvania

The way state capitol buildings are designed to make people feel small. The high ceilings, the classical architecture, the cold stone all are made to shrink the voice. But on Tuesday, April 30th, when I visited my own state Capitol building in Harrisburg, PA,for the first time, that was not the case, because I was not a single person. I […]

Keystone XL: It’s not over

"But I thought it was a done deal." So wrote a member in response to our amazingly successful campaign to collect public comments against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. I wrote back to encourage her, and it got me thinking of how any time corporate power wants somethiing, companies declare that it has already happened and is inevitable. If something […]

New York City Council welcomes anti-styrofoam activists!

  Click here to see more photos!Doing environmental work, it's easy to feel like the planet has no political party. This is good in that environmental issues affect all of us, regardless of affiliation, but it is also bad because it often feels like no political party has our back. So it's nice, once in a while, to get a warm welcome […]

I got your public comment, Keystone XL

All that oil money and they still only claim 35 jobs? It has been one week since the public comment period opened on the State Department report on Keystone XL. Mother Nature has already delivered her public comment, what follows is mine, and you can log yours by clicking here. This report was paid for by oil companies. Apparently our State Department […]

10 Things I Hate About You, Fracking

The fracking fight has already come to my doorstep in a cozy corner of northwest Philadelphia. During election time, there were as many “No Fracking” signs as there were Obama campaign signs, which means a a lot. I even know an anti-fracktivist who walks her dogs on my street. Confronting fracking as a real issue at home in my community […]

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