Remembering Martin Luther King Jr as a lover of music, books, and non-violence

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For the past 11 years, civil rights historian Vicki Crawford has worked as the director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, where she oversees the archive consisting of iconic sermons, speeches, writings and other materials belonging to King. Few archives of historical papers compare with the importance of the Morehouse King Collection. […]

Martin Luther King Jr’s message went beyond a dream of racial brotherhood

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Martin Luther King Jr. has come to be revered as a hero who led a nonviolent struggle to reform and redeem the United States. His birthday is celebrated as a national holiday. Tributes are paid to him on his death anniversary each April, and his legacy is honored in multiple ways. But from my perspective […]

Minimum Viable Planet: On your marks, get set, decarbonize

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If you’ve ever run a race, you know what happens when you start slow: Your brain computes the time you need to make up with every subsequent mile, kilometer, or smoot. Go out way too slow, and there’s just no way to make up that speed, unless, by some Asics alchemy, you turn into Eliud Kipchoge. […]

Martin Luther King embraced global justice, not only civil rights at home

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On July 2, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. stood behind President Lyndon Baines Johnson as the Texan signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although not the first civil rights bill passed by Congress, it was the most comprehensive. Anthony Siracusa, University of Colorado Boulder The Conversation King called the law’s passage “a […]

2021 continues global warming hot streak, as public opinion finally shifts on climate action

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Amid rising public alarm about human-caused global heating, U.S. government scientists announced Thursday that 2021 was the sixth hottest year since records began in 1880. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams (1/6) It’s official: 2021 was Earth’s 6th-warmest year on record according to NOAA and @NASA scientists. The average global surface temperature rose 1.51°F (0.84°C) above average, […]

Black Lives Matter: Former GOP Rep Bob Inglis on “Humility and the Exercise of Power”

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(This ran two years ago as part of EcoRight News’ weekly roundup, but as we all take time to reflect on the struggle for environmental justice as well as social justice, I thought it would be appropriate to run it in full on this Martin Luther King Day. Let’s be safe out there, and keep […]

Martin Luther King Jr. spoke for labor, unions and environmental justice

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The “I have a dream” speech Martin Luther King Jr. delivered on August 28 1963 was not the first version ever spoken before a mass audience. The video below shows King inspiring a crowd on June 23, 1963, in Detroit as part of the “Walk for Freedom” that drew 125,000 participants. The event was organized […]

Martin Luther King’s vision of love as a moral imperative still matters

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More than 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the United States remains divided by issues of race and racism, economic inequality as well as unequal access to justice. These issues are stopping the country from developing into the kind of society that Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for during his years […]

Kentucky coal mine will be transformed into giant water battery for renewable energy

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While lithium-ion batteries have so far proved a good source for short-term storage of electricity of a few hours, they are far too expensive for long-term storage of half a day or more. While other approaches are being tried or investigated, pumped hydro is still the only source of storage can that handle the task. […]

Indigenous advocates in Florida say oil drilling in Big Cypress will destroy sacred sites

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On an early April morning last year, Betty Osceola, a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, led a group of 50 people through the marshy swamp of South Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve for six hours. The 729,000-acre preserve has long held recreational and sacred sites for the Miccosukee people. They harvest plants for […]

Earth Matters: Climate activists must get bolder

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Even if some version of the much-diluted Build Back Better bill somehow manages to squeak by in the Senate come March or later, it is obvious its 10-year-long government investment in climate defense—even though it is accurately described as “unprecedented”—won’t be nearly enough to deal with a crisis beyond anything Homo sapiens have encountered since modern humans left Africa. Even before it was chopped to appease the […]

Jim Hightower – Building community, one fruit tree at a time

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Some years ago, a young, hippyish couple knocked on my front door. They had noticed that I had fig trees in the yard, laden with summer fruit. If I wasn’t going to pick them all, they asked, could they harvest some figs? Since I was about to take a trip, I said: Sure, have at ’em. […]

The Paris Agreement is working as intended, but we’ve still got a long way to go

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Well, this is beginning to feel old: 2021 was another year of climate catastrophes — just like the one before it. Yet another year of fires and floods, with more beckoning for 2022. And, like last year, there are desperate calls for 2022 to be a year of accelerated climate action. It has to be, […]

5 ways US states can get more electric school buses on the road

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The recent enactment of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in the United States is an important step on the path to cleaner school bus rides for the more than 20 million children who rely on an iconic yellow bus every day and a chance for states to follow with bold action. By Katrina McLaughlin and Justin Balik World […]

Earth Matters: Shipping news, billion dollar disasters, pollution controls, and more

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Over the past five years, 86 billion-dollar U.S. weather disasters, a record average of more than 17 a year, have cost $742 billion. That’s nearly $100 billion more than all the billion-dollar disasters from 1980 to 2004, adjusted for inflation. It’s also more than five times the three billion-dollar disasters a year that the nation averaged in the 1980s. Last year, […]