In Review: Snowpiercer – July 19, 2014
No, it’s not another climate change dystopia flick. It’s the first geoengineering dystopia flick
The end of the world won’t be prophesied by the feverish nightmares of the Book of Revelations, but instead by the apocalyptic fantasias of Hollywood.
Movie directors just can’t seem to get enough of crafting stylish dystopias. Doomsday is its own genre by now and, as New Yorker film critic David Denby quips: “In movies, the death of a single person is still a tragedy; the death of the human race is entertainment.” Or, at least, a convenient backdrop. A screenwriter or director rubs out humanity and voilà — a perfect blank slate for crafting the kind of action-packed, outsized morality tales that can fill a theater.
by: Jason Mark
Just like health care, the plan to change the energy industry relies on a complex set of rules that harnesses the power of the marketplace — and it will be as controversial
Environmentally concerned voters will finally get what they paid for by giving their political support to President Obama when, Monday morning in Washington, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy unveils the draft of sweeping new regulations on existing power plants.
Photo by Glennia/Flickr
Environmentalists’ relationship with the White House during the last six years has been a swirl of big hopes and harsh disappointments. When it comes… more
by: Jason Mark
Annie Leonard to Take the Helm at Greenpeace USA – May 6, 2014
Story of Stuff founder demonstrates a “fierce love” for people and the planet
Annie Leonard – the creative force behind The Story of Stuff video series and currently Earth Island Journal’s “Material World” columnist – has been chosen as the new executive director of Greenpeace-USA, the organization is announcing today.
The pairing seems a perfect match. Leonard, 49, has a unique talent for translating complex policy issues into plain language that connects with a large audience. Her series of online videos – including The Story of Bottled Water, The Story of Electronics, even a Story of Citizens United – have been viewed more than 40 million times. With its history of iconic, in-your-face protests, Greenpeace has distinguished itself as an organization with… more
by: Jason Mark
NY Attorney Wins Goldman Environmental Prize for Her Pioneering Work Against Gas Fracking – April 28, 2014
The story behind Helen Slottje’s legal strategy that has the gas industry on the defensive
When Helen Slottje quit her high-powered, well-paying job at a corporate law firm in Boston and moved to Ithaca to be with her new husband, David, she was hoping to make a quiet new life for herself amid the bucolic scenery of upstate New York. For a while everything went according to plan. She helped out at David’s family business. She began meditating. She adopted a vegetarian diet. It was a real shift, she says, to go “from corporate lawyer to … having a better quality of life.”
Photos courtesy Goldman Awards