Making a Case for Sufficiency Sustainable living has been simply defined as living in a manner that utilizes resources in a way that does not diminish their availability for future generations. This is a tough mandate for most of us in the developed world, given our penchant for an increasing array of products and services that bring us the “good [...]
Be Inspired. Watch. Learn, and Then Act. Albert Bates, Director of Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology, gave this keynote address at Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago’s 2nd annual event on November 2, 2013.
COOL! – Ecovillage Responses to Climate Change
Overpopulation, climate change, peak net energy, limits to growth, and economic malaise – are creating crises in [...]
Facing the Realities of Climate Change and Limitless Consumption In this interview, journalist Chris Hedges says we are emulating all of the mistakes complex societies have made over 5,000 years or more of civilization. But this time, when our civilization goes down the entire planet is going to go down with us.
We no longer can act as though [...]
A 50 Year Plan for Surviving Climate Change by Blake Davis
The economy is the “canary in the coal mine” of climate change. No one is prepared for the devastating consequences of the collapse of the ecosystem and the economy. Government and business are committed to actions that will exacerbate the problem and cause [...]
Quinn Announces Illinois Coal Exports Set Record in 2012 Contributing to Climate Change and Harming Illinois Communities
Coal mining in Illinois is on the rise, making it the fifth largest producer in the nation. Illinois’ abundant high-sulphur coal saw record demand oversees last year, according to according to a new report commissioned by the Illinois Office of Coal Development that was released Wednesday, May [...]
The Gifts of Uncertainty
Joanna Macy, 2009 Bioneers Conference
This a wonderful, inspirational, three-part video of a plenary given byJoanna Macy, at the 2009 National Bioneers Conference held in San Rafael, CA. Drawing from deep ecology, systems theory and spiritual traditions, Dr. Macy builds motivation, creativity, courage and solidarity for the transition to a sustainable human culture.
If we can free [...]
Local Impact of Climate Change
Water levels on Lake Michigan are the lowest in recorded history. If the level continues to drop, the Chicago River could reverse itself and send untreated sewage into Lake Michigan, says ABC 7 News, Chicago.
Why are the water levels so low? Blame the ongoing Midwest drought. Forty percent of the state of [...]
Co-Sign The Open Letter To Obama Calling For Bold Climate Action!
President Obama has promised action to confront climate change. To do that, he must end the detrimental “all of the above” energy policy of his first term. Please add your name as a co-signer on our open letter urging him to take bold action to confront climate change [...]
Support a Moratorium on Fracking in Illinois A fracking regulatory bill is being drafted in Springfield. The Illinois state legislature, which has sat on the sidelines as new technologies using high-pressure fracturing techniques to extract natural gas have launched energy booms in long-dormant states, could see a boom of its own in the coming months. Southern Illinois is already [...]
Tar Sands Oil – One of the Dirtiest Fuels on the Planet
Producing a barrel of oil from the oil sands produces three times more greenhouse gas emissions than a barrel of conventional oil due to the energy-intensive extraction and refining processes. The rapid increase in the development of carbon-intensive, unconventional oil “could tip the scales” towards dangerous and [...]