Signs of Sustainability

We have a long way to go, but we're making progress. Here are some signs that we are moving towards sustainability.

June 15, 2024

Inspiration from a 12-Year-Old

Tompkins Weekly           6-12-24

By Leo Walsh

My name is Leo, I am 12 years old, and I am a resident of Ithaca, NY.

My idea is to make the Ithaca Festival Parade a fossil fuel-free event, first focusing on clean energy sources for moving through the parade, meaning the parade participants would build their floats on wagons, bikes, electric vehicles, etc. or they could simply walk!

I acknowledge that many participants come from or build their floats out of town and must drive to the parade, which encourages them to build their float on their car and just drive through the parade.

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May 26, 2024

Turning the Tide on Global Warming

Tompkins Weekly   5-22-24

 By Claire Nickell

I came to climate activism late in the game.

In 2019 I was in my mid-40s. I had started trying to educate myself on the science of climate change (albedo, radiative forcing, carbon cycle, and so on). I started writing a blog with what I was finding. I wanted to help people understand the science of climate change but also to find hope and to see how they could have an impact by making changes in their life and behaviors.

Then I came across the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 special report which warned that “humankind has less than 12 years to avoid potentially irreversible climate disruption.” More specifically, they were referring to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7F), the number agreed to at the Paris Accords in 2015 which should be the preferred upper limit of warming.

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May 8, 2024

Justice As a Verb – Putting the Love and Belonging into Creating Sustainable Communities

Tompkins Weekly   5-8-24

By Gail Patrice Lockert Anthony

Most of us living in the United States have similar dreams, ambitions, cares, and concerns. We weep, laugh, and have pride in many of the same things. For some, though, (those who’ve been historically and systemically marginalized, brutalized, oppressed); we live in two separate nations. The first is where we are beautifully human and full of potential and possibilities. The second is about sustaining life itself in a country built for protecting and prospering whiteness and putting systems into place that  serve as gatekeepers against “other” being protected or prospering.

If we are choosing to do the work of putting justice in food systems…and operating for long term well-being; we must reassess our what, why, and how in the current food system. What makes a healthy food system accessible? Why don’t we already have healthy food systems accessible to all? What are the causal symptoms of the system’s inequities? And in the face of all of that, how do we create one which does serve us all? We should begin by asking ourselves what is the current social infrastructure that frames access to healthy food today? What kind of social infrastructure is needed to assure all ease of access to fresh nourishing food all the time?

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