Category: Alternative

Vanuatu bans disposable diapers in fight against plastic

Parents will have to embrace the old-fashioned cloth diapering method. That's not a bad thing.The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has announced that it will ban disposable diapers. The ban is part of a nationwide effort to curb plastic pollution,...

/ June 24, 2019

Forget bike lanes, we need Protected Mobility Lanes

The number of people using alternative mobility devices is exploding, and they will be demanding safe routes.The people at Bike Newton tweet:Bike Newton doesn’t want bike lanes. We want protected mobility lanes. These would be appropriate for almost anyone not...

/ June 21, 2019

4 ways in which Istanbul is wonderfully sustainable

A mix of cultural practices and smart infrastructure investments has created a city that's a true pleasure to visit.I always wanted to visit Istanbul; I just didn't think I'd go so soon. When a trip to Sri Lanka was canceled...

/ June 21, 2019

Over half the new homes in the USA are insulated with fiberglass batts

We used to say this stuff should be banned because it was always installed badly. Has anything changed?Why is this installer wearing a mask and a TYVEK suit? He’s rolling out fiberglass batts, and the stuff is really itchy. You...

/ June 21, 2019

Midwest States Battle Over School Funding—and Democracy

In Michigan and Wisconsin—two states where Republican-dominated legislatures have worked to wrest power from newly elected Democratic governors—voters have organized massive rallies to support Democratic plans to fund education that have come under attack in the legislature’s budget process. Public...

/ June 21, 2019

The Growing Case Against Fracking

“There is no regulatory framework for fracking that will keep the toxins out of air and water, or will protect the climate from carbon and methane releases. It can’t be done. It can’t be made safe.  Like lead paint, we...

/ June 21, 2019

Tennessee’s Long Fight Over Voucher Schools

When a popular governor passes a top legislative priority in his first year in office, one might anticipate that the initiative enjoys broad public support. Not so in Tennessee, where Republican Governor Bill Lee secured passage of a school voucher...

/ June 20, 2019

Canada declares climate emergency, then approves pipeline expansion

Trudeau doesn't seem to understand what 'climate emergency' means.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is riding a rollercoaster of public opinion these days. Many Canadians were pleased with the House of Commons' declaration of a climate emergency on Monday, a motion...

/ June 20, 2019

Brand new shoes are washing up on beaches around the Atlantic

Scientists and concerned beachcombers are looking for answers.Over the past several months, beachcombers on both sides of the Atlantic have been encountering the same thing – hundreds of Nike running shoes washing up on the sand, in rough shape after...

/ June 19, 2019

The Social Movement Photography of David Bacon: At the Funeral of Cesar Chavez

We’re delighted to share the third of a multi-part series from the archives of photographer David Bacon. Part Three tells of the funeral march for human rights and labor organizer Cesar Chavez, April, 1993. Chavez, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National...

/ June 19, 2019

UK government refuses to crack down on fast fashion

It has rejected recommendations that could divert some of the 300,000 tonnes of clothing that go to landfill each year.Back in February, a group of MPs from the United Kingdom published a report called 'Fixing Fashion.' Its goal was to...

/ June 18, 2019

Stop Building in Floodplains

In early June, Diane Mueller fled her flooded home near St. Louis, Missouri, for the second time in two years. She hopes it won’t happen again. When Mueller saw the water bubbling up through grates in the floor, she knew...

/ June 18, 2019

An urbanist’s question: where is the best place to have a parade?

Do you plan it where there is lots of room, or do you put it where there is good transit accessibility?Urban thinker Matthew Blackett raises some interesting questions about the upcoming victory parade for the Toronto Raptors. Unlike, say, the...

/ June 17, 2019

Photos of nature proving its resilience

No matter how hard we may try to tame her, Mother Nature always comes back to claim her turf. Humans are just the weirdest animals. We have this gorgeous, generous planet thriving with life, and all we seem to do...

/ June 15, 2019

When to plant pumpkins so they’re ready for Halloween

Since pumpkins generally require around 75 to 100 frost-free days, it's a good idea to get a jumpstart on planting them.Yes, it is June and I am writing about pumpkins. (Shudder.) But this isn't a put-up-the-Christmas-decorations-in-October kind of thing. It's...

/ June 14, 2019

On ‘Fighting Bob’ La Follette’s Birthday, We Need His Voice More Than Ever

June 14 is the 164th birthday of “Fighting Bob” La Follette, an event being commemorated the following day, June 15, at La Follette Day in Argyle, Wisconsin. As publisher of The Progessive, the magazine La Follette founded, I will be appearing at...

/ June 14, 2019

The AOC Effect: Progressive Women Gear Up to Primary Top Democrats

In Maryland, a twenty-eight-year-old black woman who spent much of her youth in and out of juvenile detention is running to challenge one of the most entrenched Democrats in Congress: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Hoyer has represented Maryland’s Fifth...

/ June 14, 2019

Is there a “fundamental logic of walkability?”

Getting people out of cars and rebuilding our main streets is not going to be easy, and cannot be oversimplified.'Happy City' started as a wonderful book by Charles Montgomery, and now it is a planning consultancy, with Tristan Cleveland writing...

/ June 13, 2019

The Return of the Lame Duck

The long-term rightwing strategy to take over of every branch of government is paying off in Wisconsin, where the conservative-dominated state supreme court just reinstated a Republican power grab designed to seize authority from the newly elected Democratic governor and...

/ June 13, 2019

Say no to DIY sunscreen

This is one of those rare times when we tell you store-bought is better than homemade!Here at TreeHugger we are big fans of natural skin care and cosmetics, but not at the cost of bad sunburns. When it comes to...

/ June 13, 2019