Ofelia Zepeda’s Ocean Power and the Apocalyptic American Summer of 2020

Black and white photograph of Sonoran desert

Anybody who reads the Tohono O’odham poet Ofelia Zepeda’s collection of poems, Ocean Power: Stories from the Desert, might reasonably assume she is being ironic with the title. What power, after all, can an ocean have over a people who live in the Arizona desert, “That land where the ocean has not touched for thousands …

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Tucson Stratosphere Geo-engineering Canary in a Cage!

Painting of a canary in a cage wearing a gas mask

“Tucson is poised to become a world-class commercial space center,” a commentator wrote in the Arizona Daily Star in 2016. “Tucson already boasts of space-related entities such as the Planetary Science Institute, the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab (LPL), Optical Sciences and Astronomy Departments, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.” Does it surprise …

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Merchants of Doubt: the Film and the Book That Inspired It

Merchants of Doubt

In the summer of 1990 I briefly worked as a temporary secretary at the Leo Burnett ad agency in the Chicago Loop. Tobacco giant Philip Morris was one of Burnett’s valued clients, and I remember being told that I should run instantly to find an appropriate account representative whenever there was a call from Philip …

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Film Review of Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret

Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret

Cowspiracy: TheSustainability Secret is a 2014 documentary that was made with great skill by Keegan Kuhn and Kip Andersen, despite their tight budget. While Kuhn operates the camera, Andersen demonstrates in an engaging and sometimes humorous way just how bad animal agriculture is for our planet. Though Cowspiracy also touches on the cruelty involved in …

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TESTIMONIAL: A Journey on the Great March for Climate Action

Sure, people walk their dogs and they care about the environment. But few pack up their pooch and head off for a 7-month, 2,400+ mile trek across the country to raise awareness and to encourage action on climate change. I did. I’m Mary DeCamp, local Occupy Tucson activist and 2011 Green Party mayoral candidate.  I also …

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