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Let’s use this clever strategy to oppose the housing development at the Sundberg Gravel Pit site.

May 22, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

We keep seeing new housing developments named after the environmental reality that had been existing at that site before the housing development was built.  So, for example, a forest of cedar trees is clear-cut and replaced by a housing development called “Cedar Park.”  This happens a lot. So, we can use that strategy to oppose the housing development that is planned for the NW Olympia location where the Sundberg Gravel Pit, a Weyerhaeuser log yard, and a toxic waste site have existed.  Let’s start now to publicly – and repeatedly – refer to the proposed housing development as “Toxic Waste […]

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How YOU can make more progress on issues YOU care about

April 1, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

We are always the underdogs in working for the issues we care about.   These FREE online workshops really can strengthen our skills and strategies so we can make truly significant progress on ALL of the issues you care about! Nonviolent grassroots organizing has been proven to be effective, but people – even experienced activists – could make much more progress by strengthening our skills.  This series of workshops (“Nonviolent Grassroots Organizing”) really can help! ALL OF US — new people, experienced organizers, and everybody in between — can STRENGTHEN OUR SKILLS and add resources to our “toolboxes” so we can […]

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Legal Rights for Nature: See these videos and articles

March 25, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

The concept of recognizing legal rights for nature is growing worldwide.  Here are some recent resources:   My January 2022 TV interview makes a solid case that is easy to understand.  You may watch the TV interview video and/or read the thorough summary I typed up with links to additional information.  Here is the link:  https://parallaxperspectives.org/lets-recognize-legal-rights-for-nature   The progressive populist Jim Hightower wrote this article recently:  https://hightowerlowdown.org/article/give-nature-a-seat-at-the-governing-table-rights-of-nature/   Panama made good progress on this recently:  https://insideclimatenews.org/news/25022022/panama-rights-of-nature/?utm_source=InsideClimate+News&utm_campaign=e4567a0b00-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-e4567a0b00-329402989   A brief introduction to this video says this: “Western views and the legal system tend to view nature as property, and as a […]

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Biden aggressively promotes MORE OIL DRILLING.

March 3, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

I kept seeing many articles reporting on President Biden’s promotion of MORE DRILLING FOR OIL AND GAS.  Some people have said that he was ordered by a court to do that, but that claim was false.  Here are some articles:     Biden OK’d 34% More Oil, Gas Permits Than Trump: The Biden administration approved 3,557 permits for oil and gas drilling on public lands in its first year; in Trump’s first year the number was 2,658. Nearly 2,000 of the new permits are in New Mexico.  “Biden’s runaway drilling approvals are a spectacular failure of climate leadership,” said the Center’s […]

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New evidence shows Trump’s war on science was even worse than we thought!

March 3, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Trump official broke the law with attempt to silence government scientists during pandemic: Trump official broke the law with attempt to silence government scientists during pandemic   New documents show how Trump silenced scientists, gutted guidelines, and hid facts from the public.  This was posted Nov. 13, 2021: New documents show how Trump silenced scientists, gutted guidelines, and hid facts from the public   What You Know about Trump’s Assault on Science Was Just the Tip of the Iceberg. This article came from Scientific American: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-you-know-about-trumps-assault-on-science-was-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/?link_id=8&can_id=1d662460c0abb8939c5044c82927552b&source=email-transparency-matters-truth-shouldnt-be-partisan&email_referrer=email_1254198&email_subject=transparency-matters-a-system-of-checks-and-balances-for-a-reason   This was posted in December 2020.  Watch this 4-minute video: Trump wants to infect […]

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The U.S. military is THE WORLD’S BIGGEST EMITTER of climate pollution.

February 22, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Recently, I have read DOZENS of articles about this.  Here are just a very few.  If you want more, e-mail me at glenanderson@integra.net     The U.S. military emits more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than entire countries such as Denmark or Portugal.  However, nobody knows exactly how much, because the Pentagon’s reporting is spotty.  A Humvee gets between four and eight miles per gallon; an F-35 requires 2.37 gallons per mile.  See this article: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/18012022/military-carbon-emissions/?utm_source=InsideClimate+News&utm_campaign=b7cb2b8041-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-b7cb2b8041-327502737     A friend added this information in response to another friend’s article about military pollution of the climate:  “The British military emits as much […]

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Insights into “climate deniers” and effective ways to deal with them

February 22, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

A strong majority of Americans are concerned about the climate crisis.  Some people are “climate deniers” or “climate skeptics.”  Some of these people have been fooled by fossil fuel company propaganda and/or right-wing propaganda.  Some simply do not understand the scientific realities. Those of us who care about the climate want to build the grassroots movement to protect the climate.  Some climate supporters are frustrated, flummoxed, or depressed by the “deniers” and “skeptics” who are polluting mass media, confusing the public, and preventing governments from solving problems. I have seen several recent articles that can help us understand those people […]

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Look at what politicians & powerful people ACTUALLY DO. Don’t be fooled by their glib platitudes.

January 29, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Politicians, businesses, and other powerful sources keep doing bad things but try to fool people by saying glib platitudes.  Do NOT believe at face value what they say.  Look at what they ACTUALLY DO. For four years the U.S. was ruled by someone who said he would “Make America Great.”  His actual policies did the opposite. Politicians and businesses keep saying things that the people want to hear, but their actual policies violate the public’s interests. Platitudes and hypocrisies have been around for a very long time.  Jesus kept denouncing people who kept trying to impress people with their religiosity, […]

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“America First” is morally wrong, cruel, stupid, dangerous, and counter-productive in many ways

January 16, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

Trump pushed an “America First” dogma, but the slogan pre-dated him by nearly a century.  Isolationists tried to pretend that the U.S. could exist by itself without regard to the well-being of the rest of the world.  They believed we could get away with being selfish. Also, that was the English language translation of Hitler’s slogan, “Deutschland uber alles,” which meant Germany over everybody else.   Selfishness and contempt for other people are morally wrong for reasons any decent person should immediately understand.  The “America First” dogma leads directly to cruelty toward other nations. The “America First” dogma also leads […]

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Let’s Recognize Legal Rights for Nature

January 2, 2022 GlenAnderson 0

The January 2022 episode of “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” provides a fresh perspective — and proposes a fresh solution — for some environmental problems that are serious but are not being solved by conventional methods. Glen Anderson interviewed two experts — Kai Huschke and Elliott Moffett — who have savvy insights and practical experience working to protect environments and establish legal rights for nature. Very often, when people want to protect the environment by filing appeals in governmental hearings or in courts, the environmentalists’ cases are dismissed because – even though the environment is being hurt – those individuals themselves are […]

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Links to very smart articles to help us communicate more effectively about the climate — and other issues too

December 26, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Smarter ways to communicate — instead of “the seven deadly sins of politi-speak”: https://www.nationofchange.org/2021/06/30/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-politi-speak/     Users’ Guide: Climate Messaging 1. Start with people, stay with people. Say why it matters (to you and your audience). Connect with values—family, community, working together for good. 2. Use facts wisely. Talk facts not science. You lose people with jargon and too many numbers. A memorable fact from a trusted source is far more powerful.  3. Make it concrete. Keep language vivid (wind and solar, not “alternative energy”). Start with personal (what we see at home), scale up to global. 4. Focus on […]

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Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve: Yes, Olympia’s peace vigils occur as usual both Fridays!

December 23, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

Olympia’s weekly peace vigils occur all year around, regardless of holidays and regardless of weather!   We warmly (!) invite you to join us FRI DEC 24 and FRI DEC 31 (and every Friday) from 4:30 to 6:00 (or as much of that time as you can spare) at the SW corner of 4th & Water downtown (across the street south from the Kissing Statue).  (This is for 2021, and our vigils will continue every week in the future too.) I’ll bring a good, varied selections of signs, or you may bring your own.  We support peace, human rights, nonviolence, […]

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Smart insights for strengthening our organizing for the climate

December 23, 2021 GlenAnderson 0

My notes here summarize some main points of the article I’ve linked below – and add some of my own thoughts:   The article I’ve linked below says that – although 70% of the public is worried about the climate – this has not translated into real organizing.  Instead of playing politics (nice words and political wheeling-dealing, but falling short of making the bold changes that are necessary, the article says we need to deepen the public’s concern with a profound “change of heart.” Instead of “transactional” politics, we need “transformative” politics.  Without a profound change of heart we’ll be […]