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Hope for a New Trade Agenda

California Trade Justice Coalition

Feelings of fear and hope filled the room where dozens of Sacramento-area activists had gathered in February to hear what Trump’s election might mean for the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (nafta), and how a resurgent fair trade movement might help push for a better deal. “We are not statistics!” declared Catherine Houston of the United Steelworkers, to a round of applause. “We are people and it is important…
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by: Aaron Lehmer – Summer 2017

Preparedness Matters More than CO2 Targets

+Aaron G. Lehmer-Chang is an author, activist, and social entrepreneur. He is also a member of the Oakland Food Policy Council and co-founder of Bay Localize, a project of Earth Island Institute. If we environmentalists were honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that several decades of heroic efforts to curb carbon emissions have yielded little progress. Despite repeated warnings from scientists and the inspiring rise of climate activism, global emissions…
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by: Aaron Lehmer – Winter 2014

Bay Localize

Building Resilience

David HanksBay Localize co-founder Aaron Lehmer and a volunteer help plant a rooftop vegetable garden at the E.C. Reems Academy of Technology and Arts in Oakland, California. The current economic downturn is the worst in decades. Millions are suffering devastating losses – vanishing jobs, foreclosed homes, and soaring food and health costs. Meanwhile, climate instability, species extinction, resource scarcity, and toxic pollution are threatening the basic life-support systems of the planet. And…
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by: Aaron Lehmer – Winter 2010

Bucking the Corporate Future

Grassroots Globalization Network The accelerating concentration of control over the world's resources poses a growing challenge to nations and communities working toward environmentally sustainable and socially just development.      Through their raw economic clout, transnational corporations (TNCs) are using government officials, public relations firms and the major media to insist that "free market" economics is good for us - even as they hoard taxpayer subsidies and merge into ever-larger businesses to weaken market…
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by: Aaron Lehmer – Spring 2002

‘Rio+10’: Let the People Be Heard

World Sustainability Hearing Project

World Sustainability Hearing Project In August, delegates from governments around the world will gather at the United Nations' World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa, to review the successes and failures of the "sustainable development" agenda launched at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, known as Agenda 21. Based on that assessment, the "Rio+10" summit plans to initiate new steps toward a sustainable and socially just world.…
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by: Aaron Lehmer – Summer 2002

End-runs Around the Enrons

Grassroots Globalization Network End-runs around the Enrons As job losses rise, economic inequality worsens, and corruption deepens, democracy itself now seems to be caught in the crosshairs. A new call for justice is rousing the restless majority. This movement now includes hundreds of thousands of Americans who repeatedly took to the streets to oppose the invasion of Iraq. This year's World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil boasted the highest turnout yet…
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by: Aaron Lehmer – Fall 2003


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