Social Change

Maligning Protestors and False Equivalencies

Enemies of democracy fear protestors so they find ways to malign them. In the United States, Republicans and their supporters in conservative media are selling the big lie, flouting science-based measures to combat Covid and resisting climate action. They have also tried to equate peaceful protestors with the 1/6 insurrectionists. This type of false equivalency has become the mainstay of Republican politicians and conservative media. Although they may demonize protestors, America's storied history reveals that protest has been a catalyst for groundbreaking progress, Some of America's greatest achievements were born out of protest. The women's rights movement led to the 19th...

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Fossil Fuel Pollution: Disinformation and Political Corruption

The fossil fuel industry is the primary driver of climate change, they pollute the air we breathe and the water we drink, they also subvert democracy and deceive people with clever disinformation campaigns.  The spill off the coast of Huntington Beach in California is another tangible reminder of the destructive impact of fossil fuels. This pipeline breach may not equal the scale of the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska or the ongoing toll on wildlife from BP's Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, but it has destroyed sensitive wetlands and killed thousands of fish and birds.  Thousands of...

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Fueling Disinformation: How Big Oil Obstructs Climate Education

Big Oil uses its tremendous wealth to influence students with disinformation campaigns designed to promote fossil fuels, conceal the facts and obstruct climate science.  This includes petro-pedagogy that deceives children in public schools and deprives them of a science-based education. University activists are increasingly citing the oil and gas industry's targeting of kids in the classroom as another reason to divest from fossil fuels. Climate education is a problem at many of America's 100,000 public schools. As reported by Newsweek, an NCSE survey revealed that teachers offer their students very little climate education and when they do, it is often inaccurate (60%...

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Why Education is the Key to Managing Climate Change

Education that improves climate literacy builds consensus and lays the foundation for the acquisition of the specialized expertise required to solve the problems we face. Education including basic scientific literacy is a catalyst for change and a bulwark against misinformation and disinformation that impedes action. A well-informed population also serves the public interest on many other levels. People who are apprised of the threats faced by civilization can make informed decisions in their personal lives and at the ballot box. No threat looms larger than climate change and while this is a daunting challenge we still have time to avert a catastrophe. If...

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How Sustainable Were the Tokyo Olympic Games?

Some are lauding the Tokyo Olympics as the greenest games ever, while others are saying they are among the least sustainable games ever held. Climate change is a concern for sporting events, which is why the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been improving the sustainability profile of Olympic events in recent years. Last year the IOC announced that all of its upcoming events would be carbon-neutral and, as by 2030, the Olympic games will be "climate positive".  There is good reason for organizers of sporting events to be concerned about climate change. In addition to being a threat to global...

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Green School Series 2021 Edition

Each year since 2010 the Green Market Oracle publishes a series of posts addressing a wide range of green school-related subjects. In addition to green school buildings, and their reliance on renewable energy this series has reviewed hundreds of sustainability-focused schools. courses degrees and accreditation as well as a wide range of related topics.  The eleventh edition of the Green School Series includes 23 posts bringing the total number of posts in this series to 422 (to see all the posts click here). Posts in the 2020 and 2021 Green School Series address topics like disinformation, academic programs, school rankings,...

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Declaration of Independence from Disinformation and Fossil Fuels

On the fourth of July 2021, Americans need to declare their independence from Republican lies and dirty sources of energy. Two hundred and forty-five years ago, US colonies freed themselves from the injustice of British rule, now America needs to free itself from the tyranny of disinformation and fossil fuels. The Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. On that day, thirteen American colonies proclaimed their freedom from Great Britain. Today America needs to free itself from the unholy alliance between the fossil fuel companies and the GOP that is driving disinformation...

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Canada Needs Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous Solutions

This is a time of reckoning, a time to listen, a time to make space for Indigenous voices, and a time to support Indigenous solutions. Canada Day 2021 takes place against the backdrop of the tragic discovery of more than 1000 unmarked graves of Indigenous children that have been found on the grounds of residential schools. Until recently, the children of Canada's First Nations were forcibly enrolled in 139 residential reform schools. These prison-like schools were institutionalized instruments of cultural genocide. They separated Indigenous children from their parents, deprived them of their culture, their language, and their identities. These children...

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International Cooperation is the Key to Solving Sustainability Problems

Sustainability problems are global in scope and addressing them requires international cooperation.  Even local environmental issues have implications for global sustainability.  The global nature of sustainability threats both multiplies and amplifies the need for collaborative approaches and common solutions. International cooperation involving multiple stakeholders is the most powerful and effective policy instrument we have. States that work with actors to create networking opportunities and secure voluntary agreements are more likely to achieve their policy objectives.  International cooperation can circumvent protracted legal challenges, public disagreement, and conflict. Cooperation is both desirable and necessary for a wide range of sustainability-related transboundary issues...

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