Tuesday, May 21, 2024

News and Ideas Worth Sharing

Dana Drugmand

Dana is currently completing a Master’s degree in Environmental Law & Policy with a certificate in Climate Law from Vermont Law School. Prior to attending VLS she worked as a reporter at several weekly newspapers and as a freelance environmental journalist. She has also interned at the Worldwatch Institute, Center for EcoTechnology, EcoLogic Development Fund, OurEarth.org, and YES! Magazine. A Berkshire native, Dana graduated from Mt. Holyoke College in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and has been engaged in climate activism in the Bay State both during and after college.

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Progressive movements conference calls for unity to confront contemporary crises

Emerging social justice movements represent a collective response to compounding crises. The challenge is bringing all of these movements together and maintaining unity among diverse groups working on what are seen as separate issues.

Gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez pledges to stop expansion of gas pipelines, urges investment in renewable energy

When asked about one of the biggest, and longest running, environmental issues in the Berkshires—cleaning up the Housatonic River from PCB pollution dumped decades ago by General Electric—Gonzalez said he agrees with local communities and the EPA that the toxins should be “safely disposed offsite.”

Climate scientist calls on students to speak out for sake of the planet and their future

"Much of my optimism comes from you folks in the front few rows, high school students who are now speaking out and demanding that those in positions of authority act on our behalf and not the special interests that may be funding their campaigns.” -- Climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann

Fracking causes extensive environmental, health, safety harms, new study warns

Studies consistently show that fracking and associated infrastructure leak more methane than previously estimated, and that rising methane levels are now driving adverse climate impacts.

Berkshire summit plots transition to 100 percent renewable energy

The goal is for the state to make a commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy economy-wide by 2050.

Through HeatSmart Great Barrington offering affordable green energy home heating options

“Anything that can be done to help reduce heating costs for low-income people, and all of us, is really important.” -- Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin

PCBs, fracked gas pipelines endanger human and planetary health, warns author activist

Steingraber said she cannot protect her children from harm or plan for their future without taking climate action. For her, engaging in climate activism is of the same importance as other safety precautions like vaccinations or paying attention to car seat recalls.

Ecologist Sandra Steingraber to speak on fracked gas, PCBs, and our health Saturday in Lenox

Ecologist Sandra Steingraber is scholar-in-residence at Ithaca College, and author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment.

Class action lawsuit acuses utilities Eversource, Avangrid of bilking customers out of $3.6 billion

According to this lawsuit, the utilities’ “abusive” behavior constitutes the largest energy market manipulation scheme since the Enron scandal.

Water protector Winona LaDuke speaks on ‘cannibal economics,’ courage and fighting pipelines

“We have a shot at stopping some pretty extreme behavior at the end of the cannibal or the 'wendigo' economy. And that is, in my estimation, a great spiritual opportunity for us all.” -- Winona LaDuke

Pipeline protesters to paddle Spectacle Pond in ‘flotilla action’ to resist fossil fuels

“Through our presence, we will bear witness to the beauty of Spectacle Pond, protest its despoilment, and resist the fossil fuel industry’s continued degradation of our precious collective resources for private profit.” -- Sugar Shack Alliance

REVIEW: Al Gore returns with ‘An Inconvenient Sequel,’ seeking solutions to climate meltdown

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is currently playing at Images Cinema in Williamstown. See www.imagescinema.org for show times. On Thursday, Sept. 7, Elizabeth Kolbert, author of “The Sixth Extinction,” will speak between the two showings of the film. Sponsored by the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies.

Ratepayers shocked by proposed 27 percent electric rate hike

“During a time in which our regional economy is struggling to recover from decades of dramatic economic transition, this overall rate proposal is an unacceptable burden.” --- Jonathan Butler, president of 1Berkshire            

With carbon tax Massachusetts could curb fossil fuel dependency

As a native Bay Stater and a young person, I would love to see my home state take a bold step towards addressing the climate crisis by passing a carbon tax.

Cap on solar energy stymies Berkshire clean energy projects

A proposed community solar project in Williamstown that is estimated to save the town $2 million over 20 years is at risk of being stalled due to the net metering caps

Fossil fuel divestment movement attempts to gain steam – at Harvard, Williams  

“In the face of the climate crisis Harvard is profiting from the same companies that are actively undermining the scientific knowledge being generated from within the Harvard community.” -- Kelsey Wirth, co-founder of the group Mothers Out Front
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