GST Original Articles

By Brian Tokar / 28 April 2017
Simultaneously published in The Indypendent (NYC), May 2017 issue, available at https://indypendent.org/: Climate Diplomacy and Climate Action:  What’s Next?
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Just over a year ago, diplomats from around the world were celebrating the final ratification of the December 2016 Paris Agreement, proclaimed to be the first globally inclusive step toward a meaningful climate solution. The agreement was praised as one of President Obama’s signature accomplishments... Read more
By Chellis Glendenning / 22 April 2017
The reader of How the World Breaks: Life in Catastrophe's Path, From the Caribbean to Siberia must be agile. The book demands that one navigate between several modes of consciousness in order to face the reality of human input into the “weather on steroids” that is routine these days. How the World Breaks takes us on a long tour, but not one launched with vacation or adventure in mind; rather it books us in at one disaster site, then another, and another. Led by our worthy guides, we visit... Read more
By Stan Cox / 22 April 2017
The rapid mobilization that’s necessary to stop a greenhouse meltdown won’t be happening in the near future, given that in Washington the attitude toward effective climate action spans a spectrum from open hostility to timid torpor. In the meanwhile activism, exemplified by the April 29 People’s Climate March, is keeping hope alive, or at least on life support, and the more technical struggle to figure out the transition to a world free of greenhouse gases continues. But even if we can... Read more
By Don Fitz / 22 April 2017
Maybe not now. But that's what he could well become. Francis' Encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” recognizes the incredible damage being done to climate change and biodiversity. Few realize how strong his beliefs are and the unused power of persuasion he has. Here's 10 ways that power could be used. 1. Francis could call for a renewed emphasis on not eating red meat on Fridays. Francis unequivocally recognizes the science of climate change: “The climate is a common good, belonging... Read more

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By Megan Day / 23 January 2018
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By Brian Czech / 21 January 2018
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By Robert Hunziker / 19 January 2018
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By Geoffrey Chia / 18 January 2018
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By MARK HARRIS / 17 January 2018
The movement for a single-payer health care system in the United States represents a vision of basic access to health care for everyone. As popularly expressed, the demand for “Improved Medicare for All” rightly embraces the idea that health care should be every human being’s right, not a privilege dependent on a person’s income, wealth, or age.

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