A fundamentally hopeful new genre, solarpunk envisions a future of green, sustainable energy used by societies that value inclusiveness, cooperation, and personal freedom. Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation features A.C. Wise, Daniel José Older, Kristine Ong Muslim, Nisi Shawl, Lavie Tidhar, and others, all exploring solutions to environmental disasters. [more inside]
Back when we started the KNOWMORE.ORG project in 2005, we posted about it here, Excited young pups that we were. In the time in between we educated hundreds of thousands of readers over the last decade, covered the entire Global Fortune 500 and then some, and rated each company for Worker's Rights, Environmental Concerns, Human Rights, Political Influence and Business Ethics. We created an award winning browser plug-in, helped remove Dov Charney from American Apparel, and did it all on volunteer hours and DIY fundraising before crowdsourcing existed. Sadly, pending a crowdsourcing appeal, the site is in danger of closing down this April. [more inside]
One of the problems in publishing poetry is that the books are so short. Of course nobody wants to pay $10-12 for a 40-page read, but it's difficult to produce a professional book (with editors, proofreaders, cover artists, book design, printing costs, promotional costs, etc.) for much less than that. We realized that we could steal from the tradition of 18th and 19th century British and American literary annuals and the Penguin Modern Poets Series of the 1960s and ’70s, and put together three books from different poets in one volume. Somewhere between an anthology and a single-author collection, the Floodgate Poetry Series was born. Floodgate Poetry Series Vol. 3 contains:
- Northern Corn by brothers Anders and Kai Carlson-Wee, which invites us on a trip across an America of dust, trains, poverty, dignity, and dreams;
- Begotten, by Cave Canem fellows F. Douglas Brown and Geffrey Davis, which unflinchingly explores fatherhood in the era of Black Lives Matter;
- and Driving through the Animal by Enid Shomer, which witnesses the tiniest details of ecological destruction and still provides some hope for the future, and which is Shomer's first poetry book since Stars At Noon (U Arkansas, 2001).
The Elwha river was the world's largest dam removal project, with the first dam removed in 2011 and the second in 2014. Since then, the watershed has changed dramatically, almost entirely for the better. [more inside]
I'm one of 18 artists participating in the Aldo & Leonardo project. I'm currently in residence at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument - the desert biome portion of the Aldo & Leonardo Project. The project puts artists and scientists together in wilderness settings. All of the artists and some of the scientists are blogging about our experiences and what we're learning. Most of the blogs at this point are wilderness focused - our major artwork will come when we return to our studios and that will be on the blog as well. [more inside]
Hi! I've made a Facebook Page that is meant to become a community space where folks can present and discuss issues in environmentalism and conservation. It's brand new, and I'm trying to build a nucleus of informed, friendly, intelligent (not to mention attractive and charming) folks who find the subject interesting and might want to post and comment on the topic. [more inside]
This is a documentary film, regarding Great Salt Lake in Utah. Proposed expansion of Great Salt Lake minerals, offers to destroy much of the wetland environment of the lake, in tandem with water diversions from all sides. Shirley Gorospe sank her personal monies into making this film. I donated images along with other Utah photographers. The Army Corp of Engineers has OK'd projects on the lake with little to no oversight. Classic case in point is the ill-advised railroad causeway, that belted the lake across the middle and modified the halves of the lake, making the north half useless for brine shrimping. [more inside]
We just launched a site, inspired by the great Johnny Cash Project, that enables people to participate in creating a new version of a Sarah Harmer video. For non-Canadians, Sarah is a popular singer-songwriter here in Canada. Users pick a frame from the video, and then draw, trace or illustrate on top of it in our online tool. For every frame they draw, Mountain Equipment Co-op (Canada's REI) will donate a quarter to Sarah Harmer's Protecting Escarpment Rural Land.
A website that helps you easily tell which fish are sustainable to eat. The raw data is also available for others to build on.
An online exhibition showing how quickly and dramatically the cityscapes and landscapes of the world are changing. Features 'now and then' photographs of San Francisco, New York, Shanghai, Dubai, Newcastle... and Upsala glacier.
I run a conservation project up here in Canada called The Big Wild, dedicated to protecting publicly-owned land and water. The web loves infographics these days, so we built one to illustrate some facts about North America's wildness, and how humans impact the wilderness.