Activism Archive

Two massive protests you might have missed this weekend

This weekend was an exciting one globally: hundreds of thousands of people took the streets to protest and stand in solidarity. Despite the large turnout, relatively few cameras were covering either the anti-TTIP protest in Berlin (around 150,000 people) or the million man march

10 things you can do every day to change the world

Life doesn’t always offer us ways of making major changes overnight, either to ourselves or our environments, but it frequently offers us chances to take tiny steps that together can add up to major changes for both ourselves and those around us. 1. Don’t

Protests and government response escalate in “garbage crisis”

Anti-government protesters began a sit-in inside the Environmental Ministry building in Beirut on Tuesday, calling on minister to resign over the garbage crisis that has ignited violent protests in Beirut. The minister has refused to resign even though piles of garbage have been left uncollected for weeks since

There is a bee crisis, but not the one you’re thinking of

If you’re a regular person, you probably think of bees as those fluffy flying insects that also make honey. Well, that isn’t wrong, but it also only describes the honey-bee. Ironically, although this bee is featured in the thumbnail of pretty much every article

The largest crop in America needs a rethink

Contrary to what you might have heard, the most commonly grown crop in the United States is not genetically modified or meant for any industrial or nutritional uses. The most commonly grown crop in the U.S. is grass, not the smokeable kind, and it is

Earth Overshoot 2015: In Debt Even Earlier Than Last Year

Each year, humans use more of the planet’s natural resources than it is able to regenerate. According to Robert Costanza et al in 2014, we are losing the estimated net value of approximately $20 trillion a year. The day of the year when we

Lebron using $41 million to send 1100 kids to college

The great basketball player Lebron James has just committed a magnanimous offer of a free four year college education to at least 1,100 poor minority children. At an average cost of approximately $40,000 (Akron University) per student, this amounts to at least $41,000,000 million

Victory: Ag-gag law struck down in Idaho…14 more states to go

Agricultural gag laws, also known as ag-gag, are designed to prevent, among other things, the publishing of video taken within slaughterhauses and factory farms. The laws work primarily to silence and intimidate whistleblowers, and have spread out over the United States into 14 states

US Authorities find Palmer, may extradite him to Zimbabwe

A representative of Dr. Walter Palmer, you know the dentist from Minnesota who illegally killed the Zimbabwe lion Cecil by baiting him out of a national park one night in July, was in contact with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement late on

Palm oil’s in everything and everywhere, and it’s destroying Asia’s rainforests

Palm oil has become an almost ubiquitous replacement for everything else, it is showcased as a healthier alternative to trans and more saturated fats and as a replacement to ethanol as biofuel. What we don’t see in this simple equation is the environmental cost, and I’m