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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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Shared Solar: Solar Electricity for All!

LADWP's Shared Solar -- Solar for All! Renters, this is the program for you. The Shared Solar enables residential customers living in multifamily dwellings (apartments, condominiums, duplexes) to fix a portion of their electric bill against rising utility costs for 10 years, as well as support renewable energy, help create local jobs, help reduce the carbon footprint of LADWP’s generation portfolio and lessen the impact of global warming. There are no enrollment fees, ongoing costs, maintenance costs, nor the hassles of installing a solar array on your [...]

Native Nations Reaffirm Paris Accord

Native Nations Condemn US Withdrawal from Paris Accord, Reaffirm Commitment      The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) condemns the United States’ decision today to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The Paris Agreement – a global accord designed to reduce the risks and impacts of climate change – features roughly 200 countries as signatories; the United States today becomes the first country to formally withdraw from it. In response, NCAI, the largest and oldest national organization comprised of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and [...]

Letter to the Editor: Promote Cultured Meat to End Animal Slaughter

To the editor, President-elect Joe Biden, who won the endorsement of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, should support federal funding for cultured-meat research. For readers who aren't aware, cultured-meat is grown from cells, without slaughtering animals. There is no greater crime than what we do to nonhumans in food production. We kill over a trillion aquatic and land creatures every year for this purpose. According to the Population Reference Bureau, only about 107 billion humans have ever lived. The amount of suffering our food system produces is [...]

People Get Ready

People Get Ready:  There's a Bad Moon on the Rise by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA (https://antiracist.org) As you read this, there is barely a month to election day. What are you doing to prepare for the possible outcomes and their consequences? Given recent realities, including vehicles being driven at racial justice protesters here in L.A., the murder of two protesters in Kenosha, exposures of organized racist violence being planned in Portland, the repeated refusals by Trump to say he will commit to a peaceful transfer of power, it [...]

Book Review: The Role of the Revolutionary Poet

The Role of the Revolutionary Poet in Society and a Strategic Vision for the 21st Century by Mark Lipman (Vagabond Books, ISBN 13: 978-1-936293-39-1, 2020, $18.50) reviewed by Michael Novick This volume of essays and poems is by the former poetry curator of Change Links, Mark Lipman, who is the founder and editor of Vagabond, editor and publisher of a number of award winning poetry anthologies, including The Border Crossed Us (an anthology to end apartheid), and a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade and 100 Thousand [...]

Earth Day 2020: Planet on the Brink

Earth Day 2020: Planet on the Brink by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. April 22, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the original "Earth Day" in 1970. It is a sad commentary that 50 years on, the earth system, and the lives of hundreds of millions of people, particularly people in the global South, people of  color, and poor and working people generally, are at greater risk and in greater peril than ever before in human history. Gains in environmental regulation to insure safe water, air [...]

December 2019 Community Calendar

Change Links cannot publish without your support. Send events, articles or poetry to changelinks2@gmail.com or via https://change-links.org/submit/ Please subscribe, as well. Subscriptions to the print edition are $12/25/50 a year, low income, regular or sustainer (sliding scale), PAYABLE TO “AFGJ,” our fiscal sponsor, with “Change Links” in the memo. All events announced are encouraged to donate $5 (per event), payable to AFGJ, mail to Change Links, PO Box 34236, Los Angeles 90034. It helps keep this publication solvent. Thanks in advance.   Peace vigils: https://change-links. org/ongoing-peace-vigils-and-community-programs/   [...]

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