Today, I’ll be giving a Lightning Talk with Dr. Paul Shrivastava* at Penn State’s Energy Days. Our talk is on Energy Transition. My remarks are below. My name’s Peter Buckland and I’m the chair of the Ferguson Township board of supervisors. Ferguson Township is just a couple of miles to our west here, population of … More FERGUSON TOWNSHIP’S COMMITMENT TO ACT ON THE MORAL DUTY TO DO ENERGY SO MUCH BETTER
In 2014, I co-organized a Memorial Day protest against former Governor Tom Corbett’s opening of state parks to the natural gas industry. I wrote this piece for a conference I attended the following fall as a reflection on environmental protest as a form of public moral education. It’s wonky at points, but heartfelt nonetheless. Given … More Reflecting on our decision to protest Tom Corbett’s fracking moves on Memorial Day 2014
A year ago, I put forward Ferguson Township’s resolution to act on climate change. Then in June 2017, we adopted Resolution 2017-14 (read the text here). We recognize that our well-being and the health of the interconnected web of being depends on the stability of the climate we’ve inherited. Its stability requires that we draw down … More Is there more to be done? Oh you bet. But in Ferguson, we’re acting on climate change.
My piece of flash fiction, “Only the Ancestors Bring Fire” is online at the Penn State Libraries Short Stories portal. It is told from the point of view of a female black bear who smells and sees a wildfire. While the piece doesn’t say “climate change,” it is about forests, soils, and wildlife changing because of anthropogenic … More Only the Ancestors Bring Fire
Bill Nye made a big mistake by attending the State of the Union with Rep. Bridenstine. I, for one, am not surprised. Nye’s passion for his own image and celebrity seems to have driven him to stand in public with a science-attacking Representative. Some will say that Nye was extending the olive branch of diplomacy to … More Bill Nye’s blunder shows that we have to talk about climate change to move on. But that’s not what he did at the State of the Union.
“No one can survive in this world without help. No one.” ~ Ser Jorah Mormont, Game of Thrones On the the night that Donald Trump was elected, I went to sleep feeling like my insides had been carved out. I was stunned. Shaken. Despondent. The next day I woke up more clear-eyed. It was clarifying to … More Game on. We want a just, sane, and sustainable world? Then we are the ones who are going to do it.
Our youth are taking the reins and demanding action on climate change. A group of 21 children and young adults have filed Juliana et al v. United States to force the Trump administration to take on climate change. Inside Climate News reports [Juliana] seeks sweeping changes in federal climate change efforts and in government programs that subsidize or … More “Once revealed, never concealed.” Young people are demanding climate answers and climate action.