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Recommended Film: A Place At The Table (From the makers of Food, Inc.)

50 Million Americans – 1 in 4 children – don’t know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides – as they have in the past – that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all. Available on amazon instant video, or for
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Book Recommendation: Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America’s Most Hopeful Landscape

“[McKibben is] a marvelous writer who has thought deeply about the environment, loves this part of the country, and knows how to be a first-class traveling companion.”—Entertainment Weekly In Wandering Home, one of his most personal books, Bill McKibben invites readers to join him on a hike from his current home in Vermont to his former home in the Adirondacks. Here he reveals that the motivation for his impassioned environmental activism is not high-minded or abstract, but as tangible as the lakes and forests he explored in his twenties, the same woods where he lives with his family today. Over
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Lima climate deal: Every single country now plans to tackle emissions. Sort of.

Originally posted at Vox, by Brad Plumer Under a new UN deal on climate change agreed to in Lima, Peru, every single country has agreed to submit a plan next year for addressing their greenhouse-gas emissions. That’s a first. Past climate deals only targeted the emissions of wealthier nations and exempted fast-growing countries like China and India. But there are huge caveats. The plans will all be voluntary — countries can promise to cut as much or as little as they want. And there’s no rigorous outside review. (The US wanted one, but this was opposed by China and India.)
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Special Feature Blog: Liz Walker – “Dark, Light, and Choices”

© 2014 Liz Walker, for PrimaMundi.com Dark falls early at this time of year. By 4:00pm the sun has almost set and the fresh eight inches of snow is deeply shadowed. After a vigorous cross-country ski out my back door, through winter woods and open fields, coming home to a bright, warm home feels heavenly. My home is snug and cozy because it was designed to be very energy efficient, with double-walls and super-insulation. Although our house is half of a duplex, I never hear our next-door neighbor because the insulation also blocks sound. The large, south-facing windows welcome the
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Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General

From the New York Times by Eric Lipton, Dec. 6, 2014 The letter to the Environmental Protection Agency from Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma carried a blunt accusation: Federal regulators were grossly overestimating the amount of air pollution caused by energy companies drilling new natural gas wells in his state. But Mr. Pruitt left out one critical point. The three-page letter was written by lawyers for Devon Energy, one of Oklahoma’s biggest oil and gas companies, and was delivered to him by Devon’s chief of lobbying. “Outstanding!” William F. Whitsitt, who at the time directed government relations at the
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