Daily Archives: June 9, 2022

Couch To Carbon Zero, Overcoming EcoAnxiety

Facing Future– Jun 9, 2022

Empowering people to take action against #ClimateChange, Sonia Lakshman and Aimee Higgins tackle thorny issues from overfishing to #EWaste.

Their ingenious 5 minute videos lay out steps everyone can take. Couch to Carbon Zero, based in the UK, pulls no punches, calling out #Greenwashing and fake labeling, finding the companies that do a better job of recycling, banking, growing food, etc. What to do with the 50 million tons of used gadgets? Why is fish farming not a solution? How is fashion environmentally unfashionable?

Why transition to a #PlantBasedDiet?

Find out in the Ten Day Sprint for Busy People at https://www.couchtocarbonzero.org/

For more information on the state of our planet visit the FacingFuture Library at https://facingfuture.earth/library.

Harvard President Larry Bacow to step down next June – Harvard Gazette

Lawrence S. Bacow, the 29th president of Harvard University, announced Wednesday that he will step down on June 30, 2023.

Widely regarded as one of the nation’s pre-eminent higher education leaders, Bacow conveyed his decision in a message to the Harvard community. Remembering the “awe” he felt upon arriving at the University as a graduate student in 1972, he went on to thank and pay tribute to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

“Fifty years later, I am still in awe but for different reasons,” he wrote. “It is you whom I hold in awe — our students who inspire me with your passion to make the world a better place, our faculty who push the boundaries of knowledge in just about every field of human endeavor imaginable, our staff who over the past few years have demonstrated resilience, commitment, and dedication that is nothing short of remarkable, and our alumni who shape the world in ways too numerous to mention.”

Having led Harvard through the pandemic, Bacow is also credited with advancing the University’s academic mission and encouraging efforts to bring disciplines together to tackle complex global challenges such as the climate crisis. He has served as a passionate advocate for the free exchange of ideas and for international students and scholars and has set Harvard on course for a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive future while reckoning with its history. Under his leadership, Harvard also has made progress on its growing campus in Allston, including steps to bring the American Repertory Theater to the neighborhood, and has launched innovations in teaching and learning to enhance opportunities for both on-campus students and remote learners.

“There is never a good time to leave a job like this, but now seems right to me,” Bacow wrote in his message. “We have worked together to sustain Harvard through change and through storm, and collectively we have made Harvard better and stronger in countless ways. I will depart Mass Hall with many fond memories to share with my children and grandchildren, and Adele and I are both looking forward to spending more time with each of them.”

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Robert Reich: Why the Common Good Disappeared and How We Get It Back

University of California Television (UCTV) Oct 18, 2018

Professor Robert B. Reich ignites a discussion of the good we have had in common, what happened to it, and what we might do to restore it. His goal is not that we all agree on the common good. It is that we get into the habit of thinking and talking about it, listening to each other’s views and providing a means for people with opposing views to debate these questions civilly. Presented by the Cal Class of 1968 and the Goldman School of Public Policy’s Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement (founded by the Class of 1968). Recorded on 10/12/2018. [10/2018] [Show
ID: 34200]

Climate change captured in images of California’s ‘life source’ – BBC News

BBC News – Aug 17, 2021

Getty Images photojournalist Justin Sullivan has been following California’s second-largest reservoir’s declining water levels since 2014. Seeing first-hand the climate’s impact through his lens, he’s shocked at how fast the water is gone in one of California’s most important water sources.

California ‘crippling drought’ leads to strict water restrictions – BBC News

BBC News – Jun 1, 2022

Strict water restrictions come into force for millions of people in California as the US west coast continues to experience a crippling drought.

Will Russia ease blockade of Ukrainian grain shipments? BBC World Service – Newshour,

The United Nations Secretary General has warned that the war in Ukraine threatens to unleash an unprecedented wave of hunger and destitution around the world. The Russian foreign minister was in Turkey today to discuss ways of resuming Ukrainian grain exports.


Is China’s fishing fleet taking all of West Africa’s fish? – BBC News

BBC News – Mar 26, 2019

The BBC investigates illegal and unsustainable fishing off the west coast of Africa to find out how one of the most fertile ecosystems on earth has been pushed to the brink. Correspondent: Paul Adams Video Journalist: Charlotte Pamment

How Fish-Meal Production Is Destroying Gambia’s Waters | The New Yorker

The New Yorker
– Mar 1, 2021

The journalist Ian Urbina investigates the human and ecological cost of the booming farm fishing industry in the smallest country on mainland Africa.

Introduction to the Digital Library – Tubyez Cropper (The Beinecke Library at Yale)

Beinecke Library at Yale– May 12, 2021

We are very excited to announce that the Yale University Library has launched a new digital collections platform for improved viewing experience. The new interface is now home to all Beinecke Library digitized images as of January 2021. Over time, other Yale Library digital collections will be moved to this platform to create an even more seamless user experience across multiple collections and repositories.

Visit the library website to access the digital collections: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dig…


Jun 9

The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa hosted a trailblazing hybrid convening on May 24-26, 2022, to generate a shared vision for the growth of African agroecological entrepreneurs and territorial markets centered on equitable and sustainable development for a healthy food system.

Agroecological entrepreneurs, market leaders and vendors, civil society organisations, consumer groups, women’s organisations, service providers (accelerators, incubators, business and technical assistance), donors and investors, public officials, diplomatic missions, academic researchers, and the media attended the event.

This gathering was more than just a networking event; it encouraged debate and exchanging peer experiences for action. Leaders from many sectors discussed and exchanged expertise, and an action plan was formed to strengthen support services, finance and investment flows, and national and international policies to allow agroecological entrepreneurs and territorial markets to thrive in Africa.