Archive for the 'Environment' Category

ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

July 30th, 2016

End Racism Xenophobia in America… Stop Global Warming… Free Raif Badawi… There are a number of stories and themes that I come back to again and again. My friend Eric Vessels once wrote that I do a consistently good job of following up, and Scene Magazine said that my daily posts remind the public of […]

ANOTHER DISCREDITED CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER…

July 28th, 2016

So, this morning I finally made time to reply to an opinion piece published last week in my local weekly—The North Royalton Post—by John Grom of Wadsworth. Grom repeated a flawed analysis, without proper attribution, of John Lovejoy’s attempt to discredit the well founded statistics that 97 percent of scientists who have expressed an opinion […]

THE STENCH OF BIG CORAL…

July 24th, 2016

PUSH THROUGH THE CHILL AND FEEL THE BURN…

July 23rd, 2016

Miles Goodrich, writing for 350.org, emails: Friends, Watching the Republican National Convention unfold this week was chilling. In an often-ridiculous horror show, Republicans officially nominated a climate-denying racist for President and a puppet of the Koch brothers as his VP. They also introduced the most regressive, bigoted party platform this country has seen in decades, […]

RALPH NADER WRITES TO PRESIDENT OBAMA…

July 22nd, 2016

Ralph Nader, in An Open Letter to President Obama—Domestic Catastrophic Risk Demands Action Behind the Talk, writes to President Barack Hussein Obama: President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 July 22, 2016 Dear President Obama: As Senators, you and Joe Biden were leaders in highlighting the threat of America’s […]

CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS US ALL UNEQUALLY…

July 20th, 2016

May Boeve from 350 emails: It’s hard to know what to do in times like these, with violence, xenophobia, and hate on the rise. As an organization dedicated specifically to working on climate change, we’ve really wrestled with how to engage with what feels like a historic moral and political moment. The climate crisis affects […]

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT; AMERICAN INDIFFERENCE…

July 14th, 2016

An urban legend is told by baby boomers of being harshly instructed by their parents to clean your plates because there are starving children in India who would love to have that food. The smartass response, also an urban legend, is the kid who whips out a large manila envelope addressed to “The Starving Children […]

EARTH’S SURVIVAL AND OUR LONG HOT CENTURY…

July 12th, 2016

How many can you write the story about the hottest month, year, decade before your mind goes numb? When do we become the frog in the stewpot (not true, by the way, the frog always jumps out of the pot)? There is a window, I think, of engagement. I may be too old, I’ll be […]

THIS REALLY WORKS FOR ME…

July 8th, 2016

Must shop for hammock…

BIG COAL DIDN’T LEAVE, IT JUST MOVED…

July 1st, 2016

Sabelo Narasimhan, for 350.org, emails: The world’s largest mangrove forest is in danger from a massive coal plant. The Sundarbans forest runs through India and Bangladesh, forming both a massive carbon sink and a crucial natural defense against cyclones. Six million people depend on the Sundarbans for both protection and their livelihoods. Now, a huge […]

WE NEED LESS MOWIN’ AND MORE GROWIN’…

June 30th, 2016

Last year, while walking back from getting my morning coffee in my home town, I cut though a mini-park and saw a sign telling citizens that Marietta had adopted a more growing, less mowing policy to encourage a healthy environment. I think that is a great idea. I’ve written before about how the Cleveland Metroparks […]

ASSESSMENT: BREAKING DOWN BREAK FREE

June 9th, 2016

Will Bates, for 350.org, emails: Dear friends, Next week is the one month mark after the completion of Break Free. Many of us are still recharging from the intensity of Break Free—or still dealing with legal aftermath—while others are already zipping off to the next big project or phase in their campaigns. But before we […]

WHAT BREAK FREE ACCOMPLISHED IN 12 DAYS…

May 27th, 2016

Will Bates, for 350.org, emails: Friends, For 12 days, thousands of people on six continents stepped up their commitment to keep fossil fuels in the ground with courageous actions that have challenged business as usual across the globe. Break Free stopped everything entering or exiting the world’s largest coal port in Australia, stood up to […]

APRIL WAS THE (DO I NEED TO SAY?) ON RECORD…

May 16th, 2016

I have a very real fear that as the months tick along, these headlines are going to become inevitable and boring. The twisted image that comes to mind is that of a doctor telling a terminal cancer patient that the cancer has spread to a new organ and now occupies a higher percent of their […]

WHICH DYSTOPIA ARE WE HEADED FOR…?

May 12th, 2016

This week I read the final installment in the graphic novel version Stephen King’s Dark Tower books. (I read the books years ago.) Without going into great detail, King writes in eight volumes of an environmentally ravaged dystopia. When I was a young reader the fear of such futures were driven by atomic wars. Later, […]

BREAK FREE: AUSTRALIA…

May 8th, 2016

We’re halfway into the two weeks designated by 350.org for civil disobedience and political actions demanding nations take direct actions to prevent a global meltdown from the burning of fossil fuels. Citizens of Australia took actions in Newcastle as reported by Helen Davidson, writing for The Guardian, in Dozens arrested as anti-fossil fuel protesters join […]

SO, JUST WHO ARE THE 3 PERCENT…?

May 6th, 2016

I’ve posted this video from Jimmy Kimmel elsewhere, but I think what Kimmel, and the very real scientist involved, have to say is bears repeating. Lack of unanimity is not the same as controversy. Right and wrong are not relative equals to be reported and decided upon, Facts are not convenient or inconvenient data points […]

WE’VE BEGUN BREAKING FREE…

May 5th, 2016

[Note: is Post No. 15,000 on Have Coffee Will Write.] More… Jimmy Kimmel adds his two cents…

YOU’RE NOT PARANOID IF THEY ARE AFTER YOU…

May 4th, 2016

Bill McKibben writes: Late last week, I got the interesting news that right wing operatives from the fossil fuel industry are mounting an impressive campaign against me (as well as a handful of other high-profile climate activists). Apparently I’ll now have video trackers following me wherever I go; hired researchers are digging through fifty cartons […]

DISOBEY, BREAK FREE, NOW… NO, REALLY, NOW…!

April 30th, 2016

Take an ax to the prison wall. Escape. Walk out like someone suddenly born into color. Do it now. — Rumi, Quietness Learn more about Break Free… And where Civil Disobedience began…

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