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Padre announced a Madre

February 13, 2012

(Editor note: Liza (Guerra) O’Reilly is attending the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change in Anchorage, Alaska, on behalf of IATP’s Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy. Liza is blogging this week from the Summit. Photos from the summ …

Fossil fuel interests reach tentacles into Summit

February 13, 2012

(Editor note: Liza (Guerra) O’Reilly is attending the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change in Anchorage, Alaska, on behalf of IATP’s Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy. Liza is blogging this week from the Summit. Photos from the Summ …

Live at the MRA: Success Stories for Working Landscapes

February 13, 2012

Rural communities are part of the vanguard of new ideas promoting small-scale sustainable production and use of energy and food. One of the challenges in expanding and scaling up these ideas is getting success stories out there and allowing others to b …

We Can Change the Weather: CEED and Aniccha Arts

February 13, 2012

The Weather Vein Project is a collaboration led by Aniccha Arts that examines—and reflects upon—the ways in which humans impact the weather. A live, interactive sound sculpture created by Mark Fox called “The Weather Oracle” is now on display at the We …

A New Energy Utility Takes on Climate Change

February 13, 2012

As Congress debates a U.S. climate bill this fall, and governments around the world are focused on global climate negotiations in Copenhagen in December, a new community-based approach to addressing climate change is taking hold. The Sustainable Energy …

Climate equity: Ensuring a just response to climate change

February 13, 2012

The facts shared at last night’s IATP event, “Climate Equity: Ensuring a Just Response to Climate Change,” were at many points staggering—at others, supremely encouraging. Dr. Cecilia Martinez and Fellow-in-Residence Shalini Gupta, from IATP’s Center f …

Community building and climate justice

February 13, 2012

The non-binding Copenhagen Accord effectively failed to respond to the threat of climate change at the international level. Nationally, U.S. legislators are in limbo—some arguing for cap and trade, others for cap and dividend, and still others insistin …

Energy Conservation Angel visits Syttende Mai in Milan, Minnesota

February 13, 2012

Syttende Mai (May 17) is Constitution Day in Norway. In Milan, Minnesota, out on the western prairie, hundreds of Norway’s distant sons and daughters gather on Syttende Mai to celebrate their Scandinavian heritage, language, food, music and customs. IA …

Not your grandfather’s energy utility

February 13, 2012

The small town of Milan, Minnesota is trying an innovative approach to reduce it’s energy burden. At the Midwest Rural Assembly today, Cheryl Landgren of the Greater Milan Initiative and IATP’s Shalini Gupta told participants about setting up the first …

Exporting privatization

February 13, 2012

When Obama visited India earlier this week, saying India “has already emerged” as a power in Asia and globally, his compliments were loaded. On Wednesday night at IATP, Leo Saldanha and Bhargavi Rao from the Environment Support Group (ESG) in Bangalore …

Wipe the soot from your eyes

February 13, 2012

(Editor note: Liza (Guerra) O’Reilly is attending the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change in Anchorage, Alaska, on behalf of IATP’s Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy. Liza is blogging this week from the Summit.) Yesterday, Indigeno …

Reversing a commitment to safe energy production in Minnesota

January 25, 2012

The Minnesota State House panel voted earlier this week to repeal the moratorium on new nuclear power generation. While there is little chance this bill will be enacted into law in its current form, it demonstrates a lack of concern for the health and …

Environmental justice, science leaders urge action linking climate and public health

January 25, 2012

In a letter sent to Congress and the Obama administration last month, leading voices in environmental justice, science and academics asked that: “1) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) should n …

From Cancún to Minnesota: The need for environmental justice

January 25, 2012

On Tuesday night, IATP’s Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED) hosted an event in Minneapolis that connected the need for climate justice in Cancún with local grassroots environmental justice efforts. It was part of the “1000 Cancun’s”, a day o …

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