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Skin of Dust
By James Lenfestey
rising up snow-capped and drifting,
I see her skin of dust.
it takes to pass over, I can believe
in the curvature below, that it is
natural, growing and sloughing
as it always has, like the old reptiles.
ONCE WE WERE PREY
By James Lenfestey
By Roslye Ultan
Good afternoon from the lake
Submitted by Cary Richman
On April 27, 2021 we asked our members to join our partners at the American
Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and take 30 seconds to sign on to a letter by April 30 asking the US Department of Agriculture to support regenerative agriculture to address the climate crisis.
The USDA requested public input on how to best implement President Biden’s
Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The ASBC
worked with a diverse group of influential stakeholders to develop a set of recommendations on how the USDA can best achieve its climate goal.
On May 11th, 2021 we asked our members to sign a petition urging Congress to support the Green Infrastructure and Jobs Plan to create a clean energy future and sustaining jobs.
On May 18, 2021 we asked our supporters to tell their members of Congress to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act. Oceana provided an easy and simple email template for contacting members of Congress.
On June 15, 2021 we asked our members to sign the petition asking President Biden to stop the Line 3 Pipeline.
When President Joe Biden took office, he kept his promise to revoke the permit for TC Energy’s Keystone pipeline thanks to pressure from environmental groups. But now, Enbridge Energy’s Pipeline 3 project poses another threat. The pipeline, which they are currently constructing, would carry corrosive Canadian tar sands oil across lakes, rivers and tribal lands in northern MN. It would violate tribal treaty rights, threaten eco-systems and contribute to the climate crisis.
On June 22, 2021 we asked our members to call their senators and ask them to support the For the People Act, or S1, for new voting rights policies. The bill had passed through the House, but was not meeting enough support in the Senate until Sentator Joe Manchin proposed a revised bill with some compromises. We wrote a blog piece about S1 and why the Alliance supports it, which we linked in our newsletter.
In the afternoon on June 22, the Senate held a vote on whether to consider the bill and allow debates about it. With no Republican support in the Senate, the bill did not meet the 60 vote requirement, and was voted to not be considered further.
On June 29th, 2021 we asked our members to take a minute to call or email their US senators to voice their support for the infrastructure plan compromise. In addition, we asked our members to take a moment to send a message to Congress that reiterates the commitment needed for a more comprehensive plan.
You can read more background and the Alliance’s stance on our blog post about the Infrastructure Plan.
On July 6th, 2021 we asked our members to email congress with Equal Access to Abortion Everywhere to support the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021.
We need to assure every woman’s right to choose, which is essential for health and social and economic equality.
On July 14th, 2021 we asked our members to submit a comment to the EPA with Earth Justice by July 30th on how to best keep lead out of drinking water.
Millions of people across the country drink water that passes through lead pipes, putting countless communities at risk of lead contamination along the way. We need tougher rules to keep lead out of our drinking water and until July 30 the Environmental Protection Agency is asking for community input on the best way to do just that.
Feeding America estimates that this year, in part due to the pandemic, 13 million kids may face food insecurity. This is exacerbated over the summer when young people are no longer provided meals through their school. Congress needs to act now to ensure these kids don’t go hungry. Both bills will provide food to kids in low-income families.
Throughout the US, more than three million acres have been burned by wildfires this year while Canada slowly approaches that same figure. This destroys valuable land and engulfs cities from Seattle to Philadelphia in smoke. Climate change is the primary driver, bringing warmer, drier summers that drastically increase wildfire risk. Without focusing on mitigating climate change, the danger will mount. Fortunately, organizations like the Natural Resources Defense Council are leading the way on climate action.
With your support, Congress passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill providing $550 billion for internet, roadway, airport, and climate mitigation projects.
But we also need to support our social infrastructure. On August 17th, 2021 we asked our members to contact your Senators and tell them to write legislation for the $3.5 trillion social policy budget framework for universal Pre-K, child care, housing affordability, clean energy development and reduced carbon emissions.
On September 7th, 2021 we asked our members to take action on the Texas bill banning abortion in the state after six weeks.
Texas has just passed Senate Bill 8 which would ban abortion after six weeks of a pregnancy—before most people are aware they are pregnant. It’s the most extreme abortion ban in the US and allows anyone to sue an abortion provider or anyone who helps someone obtain an abortion.
It is critical that Congress pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (S. 1975/H.R. 3755), which would enable health care providers to deliver abortion services without medically unnecessary limitations that do not significantly advance patient health or the safety of abortion, or make abortion more difficult to access. Source: JCPA
On September 14, 2021 we asked our members to send a message to the Biden Administration with Power to the Patients to stop unexpected medical bills.
It’s our right to see upfront prices from hospitals, but nearly 95% of hospitals continue to hide them, making it difficult for patients to prevent surprise medical bills. Tell the Biden Administration today to stop unexpected medical bills with Power to the Patients.
Sustainable Living Tips
What to Watch
After watching this Netflix documentary, you'll never see our oceans, the seafood industry, the fish shrimp and other seafood products you may eat, our governments, and even nonprofit" dolphin safe" and "sustainable seafood" labels the same again.
This powerful, just-released Amazon Prime 10-part American historical drama by Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins explores the violent roots of racism and imagines an alternate history where the escape route for slaves is a literal underground network of train tunnels.
Some environmental documentaries are heavy on problems and light on solutions, but Tomorrow is an upbeat, globetrotting search for everyday sustainability innovators, urban gardeners and renewable energy enthusiasts. Available on streaming services and their website.
A new six-part investigative documentary series from BET "about the recurring injustice black people face in America and how we can rally our community to affect positive change."
Check out the Alliance TC's one hour 20 minute video, featuring our very first intern, Sam Grant, now head of MN350.org and former Board member Robert Blake. Envisioned by the Climate Justice Alliance, Just Transition is a framework focused on building economic and political power to shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative one.
Watch this 38 minute documentary to learn more about the efforts behind stopping Line Three and the ambitious undertaking to stop fossil fuel expansion and encourage real energy security.
Check out the Netflix Docuseries "Dirty Money", season 2, episode 4: Dirty Gold. Behind the huge quantities of gold flowing into the United States each year lies a tangled web of money laundering, illegal mining and environmental destruction.
A 2020 Netflix Documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson and featuring many more big names from the entertainment industry. It explores the"new, old approach" of regenerative agriculture and its interconnected solutions to the problems raised by the planet's water supply and climate change.
Huynh has powerful messages about equality, climate change and her Vietnamese identity, as well as the importance of uplifting the voices of others. The 19 year old is a rising freshman at Stanford where she'll be studying engineering because she wants to create a world of sustainability from the ground up.
Enjoy this fun, impromptu 17 minute interview of AlliancePresident Terry Gips by colorful Misha Estrin for his show,You Gotta Meet Misha broadcast, discussing the latest developments with sustainability and the Alliance.
Creative, compelling, haunting and harrowing. A depiction of reversed roles in which humanity is at stake in the all too familiar precarious world of affluenza, environmental destruction and climate change.
Netflix's Headspace Guide to Meditation offers 20 minute episodes that explain and examine the benefits of meditation and specific ways you can jump start a practice tailored to your specific needs, presented in amazing animation.
A two-hour PBS special report from 2001 on how chemical companies have collaborated to keep from American workers and the American public the full truth about the impact of chemicals on health and safety.
Forks over Knives examines the personal health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet as a means to mitigate and reverse health complications and disease. It exposes industry ties to food science and healthcare while relying on data-driven facts for easy life changes you can make today