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EARTH EMERGENCY (Part 2): 2021-?? — ‘Path to a Livable Future’

On June 3, 2021, I had the good fortune to listen to a no-nonsense plant scientist, Stan Cox of The Land Institute, frame the climate emergency in a few clear and immediate actions. This blogpost is my summary of his recommendations, plus a few of my own. Thanks to Chicago Area Peace Action for hosting […]

EARTH EMERGENCY (Part 1): 1985-2021 — Food security and a ‘recycle Wrigley Field’ design contest

Recently, the official Major League Baseball website featured an article on Fenway Farms — 5,000 square feet of food production happening on the premises of Boston’s famed stadium. The article by Matt Monagan (Fenway Park has a Farm, with great photos) mentioned that at least three other MLB stadiums were also growing food on-site, although […]

EVANSTON, IL Pop-up Newsletter: May is a busy month — deadlines, local foods, peace

May is a busy, busy month. Even in a non-pandemic year, farmers and gardeners are working 10-, 12-, 14-hour days. Teachers, students, parents, and school officials are intensely focused on final exams and graduation. The Illinois General Assembly is wrapping up a legislative session. And then there’s always breaking news. Here’s some deadline alerts and […]

EVANSTON, IL: “Local Foods” in Climate Plans

To:Evanston voters, media, officials, political groups, businesses, activistsResidents in my neighborhood (Nichols Neighbors)Some non-Evanston voters with Evanston connections & interests Read in your browser? EVANSTON, IL:  “Local Foods” in Climate PlansUnsubscribe?  Just let me know.Share?  Please do. Hi, all —Four items in this newsletter.#1-3 are time-sensitiveHere’s a snapshot. Full details with links are below. SNAPSHOT 1. SPECIAL […]

THE MONEY QUESTION: When “friends, family, colleagues” pile on — AKA dignity is another word for justice

Last week, I put out an informal call for some short-term financial help to “extended family, friends, colleagues” across the country. I received an “interesting” response from someone in her 60s—in other words, a peer. Basically, it was a “blame the victim” response.  It made me realize that not everyone has spent ten years studying […]

ILLINOIS ACTION ALERT: Pembroke Township — gas pipeline or regenerative agriculture? or ???

Global arguments re economic development vs. economic stability, making a profit vs. making a living are playing out in the microcosm in Pembroke Township, Illinois — south of Chicago, south of Lake Michigan’s tip, just near the Indiana state line. It’s the climate conundrum of our times. Here’s a recent Chicago Sun-Times headline describing the situation: In Kankakee […]