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Defeating the 'climate pharaohs'

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The environmental group 350.org is urging municipalities, universities, pension funds, religious groups and individuals to divest themselves from stock in companies that mine fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas). The pollution from fossil fuels is, of course, a major contributor to the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that contributes to climate change.

The moral premise for this campaign is simple: It's wrong to profit from ruining the planet.

'The Talk': how to tell your 8-year-old about climate change

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When Ian Kim imagines the world his 7-year-old daughter will be living in 20 years from now, he says it keeps him up at night. Images of ever more frequent super storms like Sandy, along with rising seas, or drought and heat waves wreaking havoc with crops haunt his waking hours.

“It’s a huge worry for me,” said Kim, a self-described environmental and social justice activist. “On a scale of one to 10, it’s a 10.”

Head of new Earth Corps program hopes to emphasize Franciscan spirituality

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As Milwaukee Franciscan Sr. Jose Hobday moved about the country presenting her retreats, the only items in her traveling wardrobe were two dresses and a sewing kit.

Hobday, who was part Seneca and Iroquois, called upon her Native American roots and its storytelling tradition to live simply and teach about prayer and spirituality. Simple living is "about choosing time for people and ideas and self-growth rather than for maintenance and guarding and possessing and cleaning," she wrote in her book, Simple Living.

'Commuter fatigue' solution lies in the roots, not the branches

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“When you are in a hole stop digging.” — Bill McKibben, environmental activist, during the February climate rally in Washington D.C.

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People complain a lot about long commutes, from home to work.  These commutes have a powerful impact on our spirits, on our children, on our backs and knees — and on the environment.  

The source of these multiplying interactive consequences is gentrification, the way housing costs decrease the farther “out” you can go. 

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