Earth Day

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Green: It's Political
Today is Earth Day. The day we're all supposed to make the little changes to the way we live that, in theory, will add up to big changes to the big changes that the world really needs. Something I read in Mother Earth News this week gave me pause.

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5 Ways I'll be Greener Next Year
I have always loved Earth Day.  As a kid, it was a chance to leave class and go do something “real” – plant a tree, clean a creek, or otherwise get my young hands on bits and pieces of the physical world.  As a young adult, it meant community events, giving me a chance to better understand the diverse ar

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Oakland Lighting the Climate Path
I recently spent an unforgettable day with the Oakland Climate Action Coalition (OCAC), graciously hosted by the Ella Baker Center. And thanks to Emily Kirsch, lead organizer for the center’s Green-Collar Jobs Campaign, we packed a hell of a lot into a short time.

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I celebrate Earth Day, every day. I don’t own a car—I use Zipcar, AC Transit or my own legs if I need to run errands. I recycle—not only plastic, paper and glass, but my old bras! Instead of throwing them out where they will end up in a landfill somewhere, The Bra Recylcers recycle your used or new bras and donate them to women who are transitioning to self-sufficiency.

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This Scared Me
With so much devastation happening in the world, I don’t look forward to the news these days. This morning, I should have kept it off, because the news I heard scared the crap out of me.

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I feel really fortunate to live in Oakland. It's a place that has challenges, but it's also a place that exhibits a remarkable resilience and ability to come together to solve its problems. Like last Saturday, when in honor of Earth Day, I joined about 20 other people to wade around in Arroyo Viejo Creek in East Oakland to clean out the accumulated trash from the rainy season. I love working with other people to make a tangible difference in a particular place.

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How do race, space, and nature interact – and why does it matter? On April 27, scholars will come together at UC Berkeley to  look at how racial constructs are produced via interactions with one’s environment, be that urban, rural, or in between.  In doing so, they’ll be opening up one of the important paths to

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In honor of Earth Day, I found it interesting to reflect on 10 ways that my life is "greener" than it was 10 years ago. 1.    I walk to work most days of the week.  One of these days, I’ll ride my tricycle.

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The following post is part three of our short series in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.


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