The transition to a post-carbon fossil fuel-free society is not only happenning through greater energy efficiency, alternative energy sources, or changes in government policies, but also through profound changes of lifestyles, consumption patterns, and forms of urbanization. Because energy is fundamental, virtually everything we do is affected.

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This Delaware school embraced outdoor education before COVID-19. Can others follow suit?

“When you look at a lot of outdoor education programs, it’s all white people,” Wilson said. “White, privileged kids have the exposure to outdoor education. It’s really about diversifying that programming and making it accessible to everyone.”

Accessibility to the outdoors could take a number of shapes. Urban gardens and beekeeping projects offer options for city schools surrounded by concrete. Partnerships with local parks give students a dedicated place to learn outside, much like the wooded classrooms at St. Anne’s.

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Distributive DIY

What does distributive DIY look like? Projects like Mx. Turon’s — but also maintaining public lands and parks, and paying the taxes and electing the politicians that work to keep them public. It looks like funding and participating in community gardens, and boxes of free zucchini on the stoop, and organizations that salvage and resell building materials at deep discounts. It’s understanding that the pleasure of watching something grow, or learning a skill, or just sitting outside shouldn’t be contingent upon one’s income level. It means understanding community as a whole collection of people “doing it yourself” — but for each other’s greater good.

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WIT check-in

Join the conversation on November 6, 2014, 200 PM ET for the first segment of the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) Teleseminar Series: ”The Maturation of a Social Movement: A Regional Response to a Critique of the Transition Movement.” (Click here to register.)

by Pamela Boyce Simms, Trainer, Transition US, Convener, Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH)

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Rebel Rebel

But in spite of all the friendliness and culture making, this is a difficult story to tell: Extinction Rebellion is not just about the political liberation of citizens. Biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, deforestation, pollution — every area of planetary life has been affected by decades of rapacious fossil fuel and mineral extraction. And none of us is on the side of the angels. You cannot walk into a supermarket, fill up your tank or put on a winter coat without getting blood on your hands. We are all embedded in a civilization that wreaks havoc on the planet.

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Jamie Margolin

There is no gray area for survival.

Jamie Margolin, Co-Founder and Executive Director of climate activism group Zero Hour, joins Hallie Jackson to discuss her upcoming testimony on Capitol Hill, where she’ll try to make lawmakers realize climate change is “a lot more urgent than they think it is.” She also references Friday’s “climate strike,” which is expected to draw millions of kids out of their classrooms in protest.

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