Monthly Archives: September 2010

Localism vs globalism: two world views collide

Stop economic growth in its tracks, start living locally, at a slower pace, and share more – that was the remarkable demand at the beginning of the Sustainable Planet Forum, a three-day international conference on environmental issues in the French city of Lyon. In the radical corner was Paul Ariès, one of France\’s more colourful […] … learn more→

Are we reaching a biodiversity tipping point?

On Wednesday, September 22, I attended a seminar at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester Point, Virginia, entitled “What’s Happening to Our Native Plants and Animals?” The series of talks began with a presentation by Dr. Roger Mann about invasive species in the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake is one of the world’s […] … learn more→

Green education grants for sustainability programs

Good news for educational institutions that offer programs geared toward promoting environmental stewardship as well as to help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers and citizens. There are grant programs available to help with the funding of environmental education and green-related topics.  Higher Education Sustainability Act (HESA) This last week Washington, D.C. played host to the […] … learn more→

The case for a democratic response to \”A pledge to America\”

On September 22nd, the GOP released its agenda, a \’Pledge to America\’, designed to address the concerns of the Republican constituency: the tea partiers, fiscal conservatives, libertarian independents and of course, their base–social voters. Despite how unimpressed I am at the legislative proposals (tort reform theories, repealing health reform, extension of all Bush tax cuts, […] … learn more→

Mathematicians to tackle climate change issues through new NSF-funded virtual organization

new project funded by the National Science Foundation links researchers at leading U.S. universities to study the mathematical problems related to climate change research. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill leads the Mathematics and Climate Change Network, with the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) providing logistical support and cyber tools to support the creation […] … learn more→

On Being a Teacher

Drawn in part from his own experienced, Kozol offers the practical strategies every reader can use for eradicating prejudices, developing young people\’s potential, and helping them to become warriors of social change. … learn more→