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Don't Let Trump Make You Forget

Jamie Henn | Posted 11.18.2016 | Green
Jamie Henn

Trump wants us to forget, to be subsumed by his all-powerful ego. He wants to accept the deportations, accept the hateful language, accept the latest scandal as only just a little bit worse than the last one.

How To Fight For The Climate During A Trump Administration

Jamie Henn | Posted 11.14.2016 | Green
Jamie Henn

Let's face it: the door to national climate action as we know it has been slammed shut.

The Hills Are Alive -- With the Sound of Climate Resistance!

Ginny Sassaman | Posted 04.27.2016 | Green
Ginny Sassaman

For our granddaughter Madeleine's fourth birthday, my husband gave her a Sound of Music DVD. She was pleased enough, but when we sat down to watch th...

New Year's Resolutions for the Climate Justice Movements

Nathan Thanki | Posted 01.04.2016 | Green
Nathan Thanki

As much of the world launches into 2016 determined to uphold personal resolutions such as quitting smoking, going to the gym, and calling home more often, social movements are also pondering what collective changes they'd like to make.

The Paris Agreement: The End of Fossil Fuels Is Near. But Where Is Justice?

Daniel Mittler | Posted 12.15.2015 | Green
Daniel Mittler

All in all, governments took us a step forward in Paris, especially on making it clear that fossil fuels will be history soon. But even if the Paris Agreement had met all our criteria, it would have only been one stop on the long road to climate justice.

After Paris: The Climate Talks End and the Movement Continues

Jamie Henn | Posted 12.13.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

There are many ways to look at the climate deal coming out of Paris. We can identify with both those who criticize its lack of ambition, and those who are desperate to celebrate its success. Because the real outcome of the agreement isn't contained in the text, but what comes after.

To Stop Climate Change, We Must Grow Movements of Moral Force

Benjamin Franta | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Benjamin Franta

There are some who dismiss humankind's ability to rise to the challenge of stopping climate change, and they tend to proclaim themselves (often rather seriously) as realists. In truth: they are merely apologists for failure, and ignorant of history as well.

The Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Right Where We Want It

Jamie Henn | Posted 03.10.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

Before last November, Obama may have been concerned about the impact a rejection would have on moderate Democrats. Now, he has nothing to lose. The fight is a long way from over, but there are good reasons to feel confident.

3 Traps to Avoid When Speaking About the Environment

Lisa Bennett | Posted 12.31.2014 | Green
Lisa Bennett

Like my son, many of us seem to think one way about the environment and feel another. That is, we think safeguarding the environment is important but we often feel alienated by the way other people talk about it.

Why I March: We Need To Leave The Oil In The Ground!

Patricia Gualinga | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Patricia Gualinga

This isn't just the fight of indigenous peoples. It's the fight of everyone, because the air we all breathe doesn't have borders. Water doesn't have borders. While we humans place political borders, the Earth is a unified entity. And the consequences of pollution are affecting everyone.

Growing Public Will for Climate Action

Lisa Bennett | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Lisa Bennett

It should be no surprise that an issue such as global warming has not yet become a popular cause in America -- despite a quarter-century of talk about it, and the fact that a failure to address it undermines humanity's own self-interest.

The Climate Movement Needs to Stop 'Winning'

Maya Lemon | Posted 01.24.2014 | Green
Maya Lemon

As a child my favorite chore was hand-pumping water from the thirty-foot well on our family homestead. The pump was shiny black and the water ice-cold...

Boulder Flooding: Remembering Warnings From Weather Report

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 11.13.2013 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

Weather Report did "deluge the populace with artwork" exhibited all across town in numerous venues and outdoors. I surmise that no one in Boulder had imagined then that the real "deluge" would arrive -- so soon.

A New Planet: The Duty Is Ours

Rebecca Solnit | Posted 10.19.2013 | Green
Rebecca Solnit

All through my activist life, I've seen police looking for leaders to negotiate with or suppress. A body with a head can be decapitated, but headless organisms charge on as long as some of us remain.

Is the Keystone XL Pipeline the 'Stonewall' of the Climate Movement?

Bill McKibben | Posted 06.07.2013 | Green
Bill McKibben

It was certainly joyful to see marriage equality being considered by our top judicial body. In some ways, however, the most depressing spectacle of the week was watching Democratic leaders decide that, in 2013, it was finally safe to proclaim gay people actual human beings.

4 New Ways Climate Activists Can Organize in an Age of Extreme Weather

Brendan Smith | Posted 10.23.2012 | Green
Brendan Smith

While politicians debate modest technical fixes, ordinary people left desperate by floods, fires, droughts, and other disasters will increasingly demand action. If the climate movement prepares now, each disaster opens an opportunity to advance new organizing strategies and alternative agendas.

Why It's Time to Tax Carbon Pollution

Carl Pope | Posted 09.25.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

A carbon tax -- even a modest one -- would be progress. It would generate revenues, and if climate advocates can bring power to the negotiating table, those revenues in part might be devoted to other aspects of energy innovation, like paying for renewable power incentives.

From the Tar Sands Comes a Real Climate Movement

Keith Harrington | Posted 11.06.2011 | Green
Keith Harrington

The climate cause has had its moments before. But with those 1,252 tar-sands arrests outside the White House, it has finally graduated. It's a true movement now.

Lessons From the Rapture That Wasn't for the Climate Movement? No -- Just Ideas on a Way Forward.

Carla Wise | Posted 08.01.2011 | Green
Carla Wise

Although Claire Hope Cummings makes some good points, she fails to offers a coherent way forward. Do dire warnings turn people off? Perhaps sometimes. But here's the problem.

Power Shift 2011: Climate Youth Mobilize For The Largest Organizer Training In History

wonkroom.thinkprogress.org | Posted 06.15.2011 | Green

Power Shift 2011, the biennial national summit of the youth climate movement, begins this Friday in Washington, DC. The challenges facing the Millenni...

We Worked: Pictures From the Biggest Day of Climate Action in History

Bill McKibben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill McKibben

We have to build a movement big enough to matter. We're not going to beat Exxon Mobil with money; if we beat them it will be with passion, spirit, creativity. With bodies.

Recovering the Commons: Inteview with Scholars on the Climate Justice Frontlines

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Standing at the now infamous 7,500-acre mountaintop removal mine on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia, long-time scholars and activists Herb Reid and ...

Why Obama Should Put Solar (Back) On The White House Roof

Bill McKibben | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill McKibben

We're on our way to D.C., towing behind us a solar panel from the Carter White House. It's decades old, though it still works just fine. In a sense, we're traveling backward -- which is what we're going to have to do for a while in the U.S. climate movement.

Could This Be a Crime? U.S. Climate Bill Is Dead While So Much Life on Our Earth Continues to Perish

Subhankar Banerjee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Subhankar Banerjee

Our task is to make the collective global voice louder and louder until ignoring such loud cacophony will not be an option by our governments. Global warming is not something we can solve with good behavior and healthy lifestyles.

Death by Growth: What the Climate-Bill Autopsies Missed

Keith Harrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Keith Harrington

As long as growth remains the number one priority of governments worldwide any effort to by those governments to seriously address climate change will be doomed to end in failure.