10 Things Marching Accomplishes

In January 2017, my family—consisting of myself, my wife, my 18 year-old son, and my 14 year-old daughter—drove from Indiana to Washington, D.C. and joined a half million people for the Women’s March. An estimated 3 million people participated in 500 sister marches around the world. L.A. and New York had about a half million marchers […]

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Yes, I Drove My SUV To The Environmental Protest

In August 2017, my teenage daughter and I joined hundreds of protesters on the streets of Lincoln, Nebraska to protest the KXL pipeline. To get there, we took a bus from Chicago with other activists. As we rode the bus 12 hours, I was conscious of the fact that we were using fossil fuel to go […]

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The Face of Environmental Racism

In June of 2016, the mayor of East Chicago, Indiana ordered the relocation of the residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex due to lead contamination. The testing of the soil revealed what may be the highest levels ever found in the country. The housing complex had been built on the site of a defunct […]

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Dispelling Four Myths of Environmental Activism

One thing I quickly learned when I became active is that it’s easy to get discouraged. There’s four myths about environmental activism which I think contribute to this. 1. You don’t have to have all the answers. The first myth of environmental activism is that you have to have all the answers.  For example, when […]

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