Trick-or-treat without slave-candy this Halloween


Source: Read This and Hack! A decade ago I screened the documentary, The Dark Side of Chocolate, which marked what I call my "official" entry into intentional activism and scholarship for social justice. The documentary was a follow up to the chocolate industry's fight against a "slave free" label requirement, promising instead to regulate itself... Continue Reading →

Via Grist: The world is on lockdown. So where are all the carbon emissions coming from?


The nonprofit news outlets cautions us to "[a]ppreciate the bluer skies and fresher air, while you can. But the emissions drop from the pandemic should be a warning, not a cause for celebration: a sign of how much further there is to go." Read on…

Truths, Knowledge Keepers, and ways of knowing


This past Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a day described as the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. I'll save the story of how particularly localized efforts in the U.S. became representative of a global movement for another day. Looking at the state of the earth, so much and yet... Continue Reading →

How ‘fair’ is fair trade?


Happy New Year! 2020 symbolizes many new beginnings for people. 2020 is new year, a new decade, and many a milestone (e.g., 100th anniversary of US women’s suffrage, the 75th anniversary of the United Nations). It’s also the year I’m reviving this blog (once again). Reflecting on the last decade and the ups and downs... Continue Reading →

Contaminated water in Flint, Michigan violates human rights


The situation of lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, is fundamentally about human rights, a group of United Nations experts today said, urging the United States to protect the rights of children and others who are most at risk from pollution and toxic chemicals. “No parent should have to endure the mental torment that will haunt... Continue Reading →

Tribes and Researchers Study Climate Using Science and Traditional Knowledge


The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada was at its lowest in 500 years during 2015, and that is bad news for tribes farther south of the mountain range that straddles California and Nevada. Southwestern tribes were the focus of a recent symposium at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science... Continue Reading →

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