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Signs at September 21 Tucson solidarity march

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein Is a Powerful Call to Action

In May of 2012 I attended a weekend Climate Leaders’ Workshop that was hosted locally by Tucson Climate Action Network (TUCAN) and sponsored by 350.org. Young and energetic trainers led forty attendees through group exercises on topics ranging from campaign planning and story-telling to working with the media and engaging with allies. The workshop gave […]

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On Bighorn Sheep in the Catalinas and Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction

OTHER HOMES AND GARDENS The ongoing effort to reintroduce bighorn sheep to the Catalina Mountains near Tucson, like other programs designed to increase populations of endangered animals, has caused its share of controversy. Though only 13 of the 31 bighorns released last November are known for certain to be alive, and three mountain lions have […]

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Snowpiercer and Earthmasters: Complementary Views of Geoengineering

OTHER HOMES AND GARDENS Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s film Snowpiercer is an allegorical — and sometimes phantasmagorical — science fiction thriller about a geoengineering climate fix that goes terribly wrong. When the film opens, we see planes releasing something called CW7 into the upper atmosphere to help cool a warming planet. As a result Earth freezes catastrophically, killing everyone except the few hundred people who have bought […]

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Trial Begins for Indigenous Protesters in Peru

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN After five years of bureaucratic delays and internal contradictions in the Peruvian judiciary system, the trial of 53 protesters in the northern Peruvian jungle town of Bagua has begun. The indigenous protesters, opposed to a dozen decree laws that truncated indigenous territorial rights that had been promulgated by then President Alan García. […]

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Dose Me

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN Dose me with your fallout from the Trinity Bomb. Dose me with your 2,000 nuclear test blasts in the Northern Hemisphere that still linger on. Dose me on land and out in sea from the barrels of nuclear wastes leaking into our water ways. Dose me with your uranium tailings blowing in […]

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Arcology and Beethoven

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN My $10 student ticket to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra landed me one of the best seats in the Tucson Music Hall, near the front in the middle at an angle where I could see pianist, Gabriela Martinez, play all the exquisite notes during her parts in Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. The […]

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Tar Sands: the Ugly Proof that the Politicians are Still Clueless about Climate Change

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN The mining of the Tar Sands and the drilling of oil in Canada’s boreal forests is the most destructive project on the earth in terms of climate change. Climate scientist James Hansen has said that developing Tar Sands further would be game over for the world climate. The Sierra Club feels so […]

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