Each week in our e-newsletter, we share the art, media, campaigns, and information that inspires us at the Alliance in our work for Sustainability, Health, Equity and Kindness. We hope you enjoy these recommendations, facts, and campaigns below. You can find a full archive of our newsletters with more written about these recommendations on our blog page under the Newsletters category.

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Contents

Art

Black and white line painting of two figures in an embrace, with a small red heart overlapping the two figures.
"Unconditional Love" by Ellen Schillace, www.ellenschillace.org
Skin of Dust
By James Lenfestey
Flying over the great knobby spine of the country,
rising up snow-capped and drifting,
I see her skin of dust.
 
And for the ten or twenty minutes
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.
 
 
James Lenfestey, from Earth in Anger: 25 Poems of Love and Despair (Red Dragonfly Press, © 2012) 
Drawing of an angel on the pavement where George Floyd died, at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, MN. Photo by Terry Gips.

Homesick

FACE IT
By Marc Shillace
What was
Was what it was
 
What could have been
Obviously
Could not have been
Or it would have been.
 
What is
Is only for a moment
 
ONCE WE WERE PREY
By James Lenfestey
Spooked like
horses, glass-eyed
at some sharp sound,
bolting toward the heedless cliff.
 
Once we slept in trees
where snakes uncoiled toward us
from a higher branch.
 
Now we are predators,
and nothing living we find
can frighten us, but
 
carpenter ants, termites,
angry bees, and the sun
rising every morning
 
James Lenfestey from his Earth in Anger: 25 Poems of Love and Despair (Red Dragonfly Press, © 2012)

Campaigns

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 May 25th, 2021 we asked our supporters to sign the petition from Change.org to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.  The US House has passed the Act but the Senate has not yet acted on it. The Act addresses a wide range of measures to stop unjust police brutality and discrimination.
On June 1, 2021, as part of Generation Restoration and for World Environment Day, we asked our members to make a pledge with the UN to take action on ecosystem restoration and share it. The official broadcast for the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration can be watched on or after June 4-5, 2021. 
On June 8th, 2021 we asked our members to send an email with the Environmental Defense Fund to the EPA asking to restore state leadership on vehicle pollution regulation.
 
During its time in power, the Trump Administration implemented a policy with the EPA that prohibited states from creating their own car-emission standards. While it may be difficult to make substantial changes, many states are eager to self-impose emissions standards stricter than the federal one, which could be critical in helping the shift towards cleaner vehicles. To do so, the EPA must revoke its Trump-Era policies.

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.

Music

Sustainability Facts

Sustainable Living Tips

What to Watch

Greta Thunberg - A Year to Save the World

Greta Thunberg - A Year to Save the World

The streaming Hulu documentary, Greta Thunberg: A Year to Change the World follows her year calling world leaders to action.

Seaspiracy

Seaspiracy

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.

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Happy

The documentary Happy (on Amazon Prime) explores the mechanisms and complexities inherent in our emotions from multiple diverse global perspectives.

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad

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.

Boiling Point

This docu-series from BET premiered in February and explores ways to affect positive change in relation to police reform.

Disrupt and Dismantle

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."

6 Days in May

A WCCO production premiering May 28th, 2021 that recounts what happened the 6 days following George Floyd's murder in May 2020 from WCCO's own reporters who covered the story.

Title Card: Actualizing Equity in Environmental and Climate Justice: Exploring a Just Transition in Minnesota

Actualizing Equity in Environmental and Climate Justice

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.

LN3: Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe In Resistance

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.