Let’s organize a town hall meeting about Gaza
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by Treesong
3M ago
Members of the City Council of Carbondale, Illinois recently said at a public meeting that they won't pass a resolution supporting a ceasefire in Gaza. The people of Carbondale who are concerned about what's happening in Gaza should hold a town hall meeting on the subject ..read more
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Would you read interactive climate fiction?
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by Treesong
4M ago
Climate fiction is going mainstream. A growing number of novels, movies, TV shows, and other works of fiction are referencing the climate crisis as a significant or even central part of the plot and setting. There's a Climate Fiction Writers League, climate fiction writing contests like Imagine 2200, and groups like Good Energy working to improve the quantity and quality of climate fiction in print and digital media. But what about interactive climate fiction ..read more
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Which climate music sounds better?
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by Treesong
4M ago
Did you know that you can use climate data sets to create music? Climate data sonification is the process of turning climate data sets into sound -- in this case, music. I wrote a blog entry about this back in April of 2023 titled Turning Climate Data Into Music. Now that I'm delving into the world of audiobook production, I've decided that it's also time to revive my interest in creating music using climate data sets. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, anyone with internet access can make instrumental music tracks based directly on climate data sets (or any other data sets). All you ..read more
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Let’s get creative with our climate communication
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by Treesong
4M ago
Treesong created this Climate Communication art using the a climate warming stripe graphic. The original climate warming stripe graphic was created by Professor Ed Hawkins (University of Reading) and used in accordance with the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. The end of one calendar year and the start of another is often a great time to reflect on the course of our lives and the state of the world. This is particularly true when it comes to the climate crisis. What happened with climate change in 2023? What might happen in 2024? What can we do about it ..read more
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Winter Ebook Sale (2023)
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by Treesong
5M ago
Happy winter! I'm pleased to announce that I'm having a big Winter Ebook Sale in honor of all of the winter holidays. On December 21 (Winter Solstice) through December 25 (Christmas), all of my ebooks will be 50% off. This means that you can buy each ebook for just $2 instead of the usual $4 ..read more
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A Tale of Two Novels: Hope and Grief in Climate Fiction
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by Treesong
7M ago
There is no single magic bullet solution to the climate crisis. There is also no single "right way" to feel about the climate crisis, as I explore in my climate poetry book, All the Climate Feels. Instead, there is a complex landscape of deep feelings and meaningful responses to the climate crisis. With these two novels, I'm exploring two sides of my response to the climate crisis. One side is hopeful and solutions-oriented, looking for ways to make something like Solardale possible in the real world in my own town and elsewhere. One side is grieving and resistance-oriented, looking for ways ..read more
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Energy Sovereignty, Security, and Democracy in Carbondale, Illinois
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by Treesong
1y ago
On Tuesday, May 23, the City Council of Carbondale, Illinois heard a promising presentation about "Energy Sovereignty, Security, and Democracy" at a regular City Council meeting at the Carbondale Civic Center. The full title of the presentation was "Community GHG [Greenhouse Gas] Inventory Baseline 2019 and Energy Sovereignty, Security, and Democracy ..read more
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Keep the buffer and run Coalition Life out of town
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by Treesong
1y ago
On May 16, an anti-choice organization called Coalition Life announced that it’s filing a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of a Carbondale ordinance that prohibits protestors from approaching people within 100 feet of a medical clinic. The article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a good overview of the basics of the situation. … Keep the buffer and run Coalition Life out of town Read More ..read more
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Film Review: How to Blow Up a Pipeline
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by Treesong
1y ago
How to Blow Up a Pipeline poster courtesy Neon How far are you willing to go to stop the fossil fuel industry from poisoning local communities and disrupting the climate of our entire planet? That's the premise of a new independent film called How to Blow Up a Pipeline ..read more
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Book Review: How To Blow Up A Pipeline
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by Treesong
1y ago
In honor of the release of the film How to Blow Up a Pipeline, I decided to review the nonfiction book of the same name that inspired the film. I'm glad that I did. Despite its provocative title, How to Blow Up a Pipeline by Andreas Malm isn't a how-to manual for aspiring saboteurs. It's a thought-provoking exploration of the history, ethicality, and strategic considerations of a broad range of violent and nonviolent tactics of resistance to systems of oppression, particularly the fossil fuel industry ..read more
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