On the Recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom

by DSA-LA Electoral Committee, Aug. 12, 2021 On September 14, voters will decide whether to remove Gavin Newsom as governor. As socialists, we are no fans of Gov. Newsom. We'd much prefer the option of replacing him with a socialist. However, this isn't the election we're faced with. Instead, we’re looking at a fascist, reactionary, capitalist rebellion against the belief that government has any responsibility or right to improve living conditions. Newsom getting replaced by a Republican would be deleterious to our mission, and would destroy momentum [...]

Coolants Making the Planet Hotter

Refrigerants a Priority to Address Climate Change by Terrie Brady Drawdown by Paul Hawken rates refrigeration as the number one driver of climate change. These refrigerants are ubiquitous. They are in our air conditioners, in our homes and cars. They are in our refrigerators in our homes and in the refrigerators in grocery stores, restaurants and the transport chain for refrigerated goods. The problem with these appliances is the chemicals in them leak out during repairs and the worst leaks occur at the end of use. The [...]

Another Honey Bee Die-Off Threatens Food Supply

https://petpedia.co/bee-statistics/ Did you know that if the bees disappeared, it would leave us with minimal food sources at skyrocketing prices? Bee statistics reveal that these creatures may be small, but they’re some of the most essential little workers in the world. Most Crucial Bee Statistics and Facts to Know There’s a 2.96 million decline in honey bee colonies over the years in the US. US beekeepers lost an average of 40% of their honey bee colonies in 2018. Utah beekeepers lost 49.1% of their colonies over the [...]

Systematic over-crediting of Forest Carbon Offsets in CA

Systematic over-crediting of Forest Carbon Offsets in CA By Grayson Badgley, Jeremy Freeman, Joseph Hamman, Barbara Haya, Anna Trugman, William R L Anderegg, & Danny Cullenward https://carbonplan.org/research/forest-offsets-explainer [Excerpts] Carbon offsets are widely used by individuals, corporations, and governments to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions. Because offsets effectively allow pollution to continue, however, they must reflect real climate benefits. To better understand whether these climate claims hold up in practice, we performed a comprehensive evaluation of California's forest carbon offsets program — the largest such program in existence, [...]

March 2021 Community Calendar

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The Climate Crisis is Worse than We Can Fathom

The Climate Crisis is Worse than We Can Fathom https://peterkalmus.net/about/ My awareness of climate breakdown reached the point where I had no choice but to respond in some meaningful way... But, a meaningful response was a tall order: global warming is intertwined deeply with our lives, physically, socially, and spiritually. I asked myself, how can we respond, as individuals? What can we do right here, right now, with what we have? How can we live happy and fulfilling lives even in the shadow of global warming? I [...]

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Vegans Should Eat Eggs

by Anaïs Schlienger https://medium.com/illumination/why-vegans-should-eat-eggs-49a140d0f8e0 Excerpts: How did I come to this realization? My father has hens, he lives in a small city and has a big garden. He loves his hens with all his heart. He cooks rice especially for them, takes the time to chop the vegetables’ peelings for them and adds oats in their food. They are the happiest as they can be. Every day, or every two days, a hen lays an egg. And they won’t stop doing it just because a human did [...]

Cultured Meat – Letter to the Editor

To the editor,   Democrats should include federal funding for cultured-meat research in their coronavirus-relief bill. For readers who aren't aware, cultured meat is grown from cells, without slaughter. Since animals are removed from the process, the risk of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 making the jump to humans is eliminated. Our current food system — which relies on huge numbers of creatures packed together in dirty cages — is like kindling to the fire of a future pandemic. There is no reason to accept this danger. Though [...]

Fungi’s Lessons for Adapting to Life on a Damaged Planet

Fungi’s Lessons for Adapting to Life on a Damaged Planet   Book review: Entangled Life: How Fungi Change Our Make Our World, Change Our Minds and Shape Our Futures, by Merlin Sheldrake, Random House   https://getpocket.com/explore/item/fungi-s-lessons-for-adapting-to-life-on-a-damaged-planet   EXCERPT:   Merlin Sheldrake’s new book Entangled Life looks at the complex world of fungi, its adaptive ability, and its interconnectedness with all other forms of life. He spoke with Robert Macfarlane,author of Underland, (see below reference) about his relationship to fungi and its strategic lessons on growth in the [...]

COVID, Climate & Capital Crisis: Fascism is Built from Above and Below

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles https://antiracist.org/fascism-is-built-from-above-and-below/ Those inclined to heave a sigh of relief and let down our guard about the threat of fascism because of Trump's failed Beer-Hall-Putsch of a coup attempt on January 6, or the "peaceful transition of power" on January 20, or by the eventual tracking and arrests of many of those who broke into the Capitol, or by the prospect that having been impeached a second time, Trump himself may be convicted and prevented from holding further public office, need to [...]

Kiss the Ground: Eco-Optimism on Netflix

Movie Review Optimistic film proposes solutions to climate change by Christine Browning Freedom Socialist newspaper, Vol. 42, No. 1, February-March 2021 www.socialism.com The Kiss the Ground documentary, now screening on Netflix, is a breath of fresh air amongst the constant bad news about climate change. Not only is it highly informative and educational, it also reveals a plausible solution to the global warming crisis. While the film does not recognize capitalism as the culprit that has brought our planet to its perilous state, it does offer a [...]

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