Be of service. You are taking your degree into a society dominated by concentrated poverty and a vulnerable middle class, a society where it is harder to pay for education, harder to find a job, harder to buy a house and harder to hold onto those things even if you manage to get them. You are entering adulthood during a period of mass incarceration and near constant war. There is a lot for you to do. Service is the rent you pay for the space you take up on the earth, and as a relatively privileged American you take up a lot of space. We are the most consuming, polluting, wasteful nation on earth. So your rent is steep. Pay it with service.
Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry’s advice to Class of 2013 (Via)
Refreshing straight talk.
After years of being stuck, the national conversation on climate change finally started to shift — just a little — last year, the hottest year on record in the U.S., with Hurricane Sandy flooding the New York subway, drought devastating Midwest farms, and California and Colorado on fire.
Have you listened to the most recent This American Life? This week’s TAL talks about climate change - with the last story about Bill McKibben & the campus organizing 350 has been working on.
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The USDA Forest Service is Going BROKE Fighting Wildfires
From California to Wisconsin, Record-Breaking Wildfire Season Has Begun: Are You & Your Family at Risk?
Though it can be argued that wildfires are normal for this time of year, it can also be said that global warming is providing ideal conditions for them to become fierce and difficult to contain.
“The overview effect”—a cognitive shift in how you perceive our planet— political boundaries disappear, and our atmosphere, which seemed like a boundless expanse of blue from the ground, is suddenly revealed to be a paper-thin shield between life and the dark void of space.
Seriously, did a sorcerer do this?
watched this a couple times with amazement. -AM
Mr. Obama has a firm grasp of the climate issue, and no one doubts that he cares about it. But as is often the case with this president, the question is whether he will exhibit a sense of urgency to match his intellectual understanding.
Refining Canada’s petroleum-soaked oil sands produces petroleum coke, and the question of what to do with it has found at least one answer in Detroit, where a large coke pile covers an entire city block.
aaaand the Koch brothers are behind it.
A Greenpeace Ad for Car Free Day 2009 using cars to form a tornado.