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A different kind of mini break: imagined cities to explore from your sofa

Lockdown is preventing many of us from travelling to cities we might have been longing to visit. But we can take this opportunity to explore urban landscapes that exist in other worlds. Three experts introduce cities featured in novels, poetry and video games. Serena Trowbridge, Birmingham City University; Drew Cattanach, University of Westminster, and Paul […]

July 17th

Langston Hughs – Let America Be America Again

Langston Hughes was a great man and a great poet. In particular he is the perfect antidote for MAGAism. “Let America Be America Again (America never was America to me.)” We should have trumpeted today’s poem from the moment Trump came down the escalator. We should be declaiming it in chorus every day. For myself, I […]

July 12th

It’s Not as Simple as Rebellion – The ability to hold paradoxes is one of the key demands for climate leadership

Over the past two years, Extinction Rebellion (XR) emerged into the climate movement with explosive energy. Thousands of people in Europe and the United States mobilized to engage in civil disobedience to demand that our political leaders take radical action to avert climate catastrophe. Particularly in Britain, XR has catalyzed an unprecedented level of public […]

July 11th

David Suzuki: Multiple crises signal the need to change course

This pandemic could be a trial run for how we respond to the almost-inevitable next pandemic. Or it could be the wake-up call that finally compels us to employ the many available and developing solutions to resolve this and other related emergencies, including the climate and biodiversity crises, as well as the severe inequality crisis. […]

July 6th

New York opens traffic-clogged streets to people during pandemic, the city’s latest redesign in times of dramatic change

On some normally congested New York City streets, cars are gone, replaced by diners tentatively returning to restaurants – though only outside – after months of lockdown. On June 22, the city entered phase two of reopening after its severe coronavirus outbreak, allowing many businesses to resume operations with restrictions. By Amy D. Finstein, College […]