This is a critical moment in the struggle to protect people and the planet from the unbridled excesses of industry. With the right policies in place, we can grow stronger local economies and healthier communities.
As Rio+20 is producing mild expectations and there is still no promise of a global agreement on reducing the greenhouse gasses that cause climate change, many grassroots activists and green-minded business leaders are taking efforts into their own hands.
It's time to stop thinking of natural gas as a "kinder, gentler" energy source. What's more, we do not have an effective regulatory system in this country to address the risks that gas drilling poses on our health and communities.
New York mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg just announced a $50 million commitment over four years to clean the air, move beyond coal, and accelerate the transition to cleaner, cost-effective energy sources.