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CARTS for EVERYDAY BICYCLE USE

For most of my adult life, my primary mode of transportation has been a bicycle + detachable cart. If we count Earth Day 1970 as the official start of climate concern, then all 35 years of my life with a bike + cart took place amidst growing consciousness and support for that kind of transportation. […]

2020 U.S. ELECTIONS: Update for Food & Farm Activists

This is my latest update on the 2020 U.S. elections for three food & farm listservs — COMFOOD (Tufts U.), Food Policy Networks (Johns Hopkins U.), Regeneration Midwest (a 12-state coalition). These networks are committed to food justice, farm justice, democracy through food policy councils, urban-rural coalitions, thriving local economies, good health for all, as […]

EVANSTON, IL: Search for new City Manager — Community input survey

CHOOSING A NEW CITY MANAGER FOR A U.S. CITY IN 2020 I’d like to frame the search for a new City Manager in the crises of the moment. We are living in a time of growing and interlocking crises—the COVID pandemic, climate destruction, and all the inequalities caused by human cruelty, human stupidity, and human […]

Climate Deadlock and Censorship: Planet of the Humans, Liberals (certain kinds), & Friends of Liberals (Naomi Klein)

If you are asking yourself, what is this blogpost really about and do I really want to read it, the answer is “censorship” and yes, if you care about truth. Specifically, this is about the attempted pre-emptive censorship of a documentary film (Planet of the Humans) by 1.  investors whose plans for big bucks from renewable […]

U.S. CLIMATE ACTION — 40 years wandering in the desert, 40 years desertification: Untangling the Confusions

The night before Earth Day 2020, filmmaker Michael Moore made a surprise announcement about the release of a new film. The film is Planet of the Humans, directed by Jeff Gibbs, with Moore as Executive Producer and author/scholar, Ozzie Zehner, as Producer. The U.S. climate movement hasn’t been the same since — a good thing, […]

REFLECTIONS FROM ILLINOIS, March 17, 2020: Growing season, homeschooling, shamanic dismemberment

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, the Governor of the State of Illinois imposed a moratorium on ON-SITE CONSUMPTION of food & drink for all Illinois food businesses—grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, bakeries, bars, etc.  The moratorium is currently scheduled to continue through March 30. Of course, the situation around COVID 19 is completely fluid no matter what time […]