After awakened grassroots energy and major wins in Virginia and Alabama, Democrats’ chances are looking up in 2018. Polling shows a public souring on the Republican party just as Democrats are flooding the field with new candidates - over five times the number of candidates as Republicans in House races alone. This brightens prospects for … Continue reading Dear Democrats: Check Your Blindspot on Climate & Transportation
11 things I learned on a environmental trip to South Florida in March 2017 week with Rachel's Network: 1. Everglades: Unique birds everywhere. Birds eating apple snails and fish. Alligators everywhere. Alligators holding hands. Look at the pretty pictures. What comes next is not pretty: 2. South Florida’s cities, farms, and highways wouldn’t exist without … Continue reading Impressions From a Trip to the Everglades
In 2010, the Michigan Department of Transportation was planning on spending a few billion dollars widening some highways through Metro Detroit, my homeland. MDOT (and the regional council of governments supporting them) faced community pushback, but in the end, plans went ahead. While Michigan's situation is particularly sad given the state's population exodus and Detroit's … Continue reading Where are the Climate Activists on Transportation?
A man in a tour group Jenny Villalobos was leading told her that he expected to see a jaguar on his trip to Costa Rica. She quietly laughed. “Yeah right,” she thought. In over ten years as a nature guide, she’d never even seen one herself. But after a two-hour delay while hurriedly boating across … Continue reading Costa Rica at a Crossroads
The three lake sturgeon in Discovery World’s “touch tank” aren’t given official names, but that hasn’t kept at least one employee in this newish Milwaukee educational center from christening them female superhero names like Tank Girl and She-Ra. As a Michigan native, I’d heard of Sturgeon before, but I wasn’t prepared to fall for them … Continue reading A Future for Milwaukee in Water
People often assume environmental policies are bad for the economy, but this belief was debunked in a big way at the last Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) Annual Conference in June 2014. I was in the audience when Scott Nystrom of Regional Economic Models, Inc (REMI) gave a great presentation on jobs growth that would result … Continue reading How a Carbon Tax & Dividend Would Benefit the Midwest