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Capital Questions – September 14, 2016

A local university is leading the charge in transforming the food system in Washington DC

"Nature will be just fine. The question is whether it’ll be just fine with us or without us. Nature might just decide to jettison us." So says Sabine O’Hara, dean of the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) to a class of eager area residents who have come to learn about sustainable urban farming. Through CAUSES, O’Hara is working to transform every aspect of the food system in Washington, D.C. – from cultivation, preparation, and distribution to food waste management – in a way that provides food security for city residents but does not compromise Earth’s systems or the… more

by: Erik Assadourian

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Time for a New Environmentalism – June 11, 2013

Greens can learn a lot from the successes of missionary religious movements

Since the early years of the environmental movement, some voices within the movement have pointed out that fighting power plants, dams, deforestation, mining, and roads is a game of defense, one that can never be won. As the late environmentalist Peter Berg used to say, such fights are “like running a battlefield aid station in a war against a killing machine that operates just beyond reach, and that shifts its ground after each seeming defeat.” In the 30 years since Berg uttered those words, this reality has only gotten worse. The killing machine has grown in size and power; meanwhile the environmental movement has mostly failed to evolve its tactics… more

by: Erik Assadourian

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