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  1. MichaelG

    Just Transition article: Urban Blight, Trustee Lots and a Land Bank: residents in Decatur IL stand at the crossroads

    A hugely informative article, Sandra. I knew nothing about any of these "redevelopment" methods, and, as you say, our ignorance just makes it easy for powerful forces to have their way, leaving out the folks that were supposed to be benefited. Here in Santa Cruz, we're watching our campaign for...
  2. MichaelG

    China’s Drivers and Planetary Ecological Collapse

    I agree. I think we need to keep returning to Gramsci's pessimism "because of intelligence", but optimism "because of will". We get nowhere telling people that what we want is impossible. But we have to be realistic about the path. Do we really believe that we can make "demands" of any sort...
  3. MichaelG

    Taking on the capitalist energy system

    Here's an interesting article from the latest Jacobin for your Earth Day weekend reading: Eco-Socialism or Bust Written by DSA Providence members, it gets deeper into the production and distribution of energy than other recent eco-socialist articles I've seen and discusses a specific campaign...
  4. MichaelG

    Earth Day

    Earth Day celebrations, happening in many places in the United States this weekend, are a great place to present and discuss ecosocialist ideas with an audience that may be unfamiliar with them. Here's a two-sided flyer you can use to get those conversations started. It has a space on the back...
  5. MichaelG

    Ag Bill Needs to Support Racial Equity

    Thanks for this, Sandra. Through the NSAC website, I found a member organization in my own city that I didn't know about! Hard to imagine the "leadership" in Washington getting on board with a farm bill that would bring serious changes, but it's great that we have the NSAC to point out the...
  6. MichaelG

    Capitalism and agriculture (and country music) in the US

    Check out this wonderful article from Viewpoint Magazine on how capitalism has changed the lives of US farmers, driving many out of business, embedding others in the corporate seed/pesticide/fertilizer industry, and now automating almost everything about the farming process. Alongside this...
  7. MichaelG

    Plans for Regeneration Midwest Alliance (of organic growers)

    Thanks, Sandra. From this I'm learning a little about Regeneration International. I still need to learn what's shared between regenerative agriculture and the diversified agro-ecological systems promoted by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. And between Regneration...
  8. MichaelG

    Emergency Sustainable Infrastructure

    Thanks for this, Derian. I'd say what you're describing are important features of the World We Want, often neglected when people talk about that world. (And in my view we don't spend enough time talking about it.) The problem, as ecosocialists often ask each other, is how to get there. Either...
  9. MichaelG

    Pollution and industrial agriculture

    This article on "agricultural pollution" is from Garden.eco, a site that's maintained by and for gardening enthusiasts, not a food justice organization or environmental NGO, so the word is getting out. It's a good overview of the categories of pollution arising from industrial agriculture...
  10. MichaelG

    Climate change serious threat to CA agriculture

    Lots to think about in this article, especially for us Californians. Clearly the effects on the massive California food export business are going to be extreme, but you can't help wondering how well California will be able to feed and provide water for itself. I'm curious about the claim that...
  11. MichaelG

    US Food Sovereignty Alliance

    The US Food Sovereignty Alliance is a broad coalition of groups, some you may already be familiar with like Food and Water Watch, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Food First!, dedicated to food justice. They're holding a conference on dismantling patriarchy and building food...
  12. MichaelG

    Is "Anthropocene" Being Appropriated for Problematic Purposes?

    In his book Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today, TJ Demos argues that the Anthropocene thesis is used to obscure the real causes of the crisis, blaming it on "us" (anthropos) and obscuring the role of capitalism and imperialism. He is one of those who prefers...
  13. MichaelG

    Our Land, Our Business

    Our Land, Our Business is a campaign spearheaded by the tireless and inspiring Oakland Institute to challenge the World Bank's policy of giving countries scores on the basis of the Bank's "Doing Business" and "Enabling the Business of Agriculture" ranking schemes. The effect is to reward...
  14. MichaelG

    What's smart about "climate-smart agriculture"?

    Here's another great report from the folks at Food First, debunking "climate-smart agriculture" (CSA), which is now being touted by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization as a way to bring agriculture in line with the threat of human-induced climate change: What’s Smart About...
  15. MichaelG

    What Is Labor Anyway?

    This is absolutely beautiful, Sandra. I hope it goes far and wide.
  16. MichaelG

    Everyday experts and revolutionizing agriculture

    I discovered another innovative and inspiring project (really a collection of projects) that is challenging the industrial agricultural model. It's People's Knowledge. Started by a group at Coventry University in the UK, their vision is one in which people who have formal training as experts and...
  17. MichaelG

    OK Scientist Pressured to Change His Fracking Findings

    One thing that's especially disturbing about this story is that it was the University of Oklahoma (the president in fact) that was responsible for the pressure, not the state government. Holland eventually resigned from the university, as well as his position with the state geological survey.
  18. MichaelG

    Forests and biosequestration

    Global Forest Coalition is an outstanding international organization that "supports and coordinates joint NGO/IPO campaigns for socially just and effective forest policy and the rights of Indigenous and other forest peoples." Their projects include Supporting Community Conservation, Underlying...
  19. MichaelG

    COP23: La Via Campesina calls for peasant agroecology

    The international peasant movement La Via Campesina released this statement at the COP23 meetings going on in Bonn, Germany. (Read the full statement here.) Press Release: La Via Campesina responds to COP23 calling for Peasant Agroecology 9 November 2017 Agroecology and Peasants' Seeds, Climate...
  20. MichaelG

    Why Paul Hawken's Drawdown offers no help for climate change--especially for women and girls

    Hawken's treatment of "women and girls" is one side of a larger problem with his program, I think. He doesn't really offer any solutions at all, just ideas about what should be different. This is because he's explicitly apolitical; he thinks all of these things that need to change will change if...
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