Ash on the Reservation

The Reid Gardner Station is a coal plant located outside Las Vegas in Moapa, NV. Owned by NV Energy, it stands adjacent to the Moapa Band of Paiutes reservation. For years, residents have complained of extremely high cancer and asthma rates, which they associate with the 50-year-old plant and its coal ash dump (a landfill … Continue reading

Hershey Is Now Certifiably Something

Long time readers of this blog know that I’ve been after chocolate companies for years, ever since finding out their supply chains often take advantage of child slave labor on some West African farms. Hershey has been particularly unresponsive to campaigns calling for reform – up until now. After years of staying silent on the … Continue reading

Something We Can All Agree On

China and the United States produce the largest CO2 emissions in the world. But do you know who comes in 3rd? No, it’s not the E.U., Brazil or Australia. It’s not India or the state of Texas. It’s slavery. Earlier this week I heard from Kevin Bales – author and co-founder of Free the Slaves … Continue reading

Bearing Our Own Energy Burden

The Keystone XL pipeline – once relatively unknown to everyone but energy execs and protestors – has become a major US election issue and the source of much controversy lately. The proposed pipeline would carry oil 2,000 miles from Canada’s tar sands through the US and down to Texas. Environmental activists have been fighting the … Continue reading

We Need Cleaner Air and Cleaner Hearts

Last week NPR featured a series on poisoned places exposing the ways polluted air continues to harm residents all over the US. When I heard this report on All Things Considered, I recognized the place immediately: thick fog, benzene in the air, burning eyes and throats, obscure cancers. Perhaps this was LaBelle, PA – the … Continue reading

Going Local to Stop Displacement

Yet another reason to go to the farmers’ market! Around the world, federal governments and corporations have entered a new “global gold rush” – for agricultural land. They buy up property to use in the coming food crisis and cross national borders for the cheapest and most underused plots. But while purchasing these huge chunks … Continue reading

Heat Wave and the Homeless

Recently we’ve been feeling a little concerned about one of Michael’s friends, who we’ll call Adam. For the last few months Michael has been spending time each morning with Adam, and sometimes eats breakfast with him. They talk about the city, what they did over the weekend – normal stuff. Adam happens to be homeless, … Continue reading

Good News Friday

There are so many great organizations doing awesome things, but with tragic news everywhere I’m prone to forget the triumphs. In case you’re the same way, here’s some good news for your Friday: 1. Exonerated Man Launches His Music Career You just might love the sound of this bluesy survivor of wrongful conviction. Bill Dillon … Continue reading

Death and Displacement in America: the EPA Decision

Paw prints from a cat on a LaBelle, PA windowsill. Tests revealed the dust is 100% coal ash. When Yma Smith first started noticing the discoloration on her home, the damage on her roof, and the dust collecting on her shutters, she had no idea it was coal ash. But many of the coal miners … Continue reading

What’s Poisoning Greene Township?

Barb Reed moved to Greene Township as a teenager in 1975. When she and her husband decided to settle there, they cut their own driveway and built the entire house together, starting with the basement. She was only seventeen years old. “We love where we’re at. We’re in the middle of almost 8 acres. We … Continue reading

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