I loved creating this latest issue. Some of the highlights are the success (so far) of a very long, persistent struggle against the fracking industry. Another important one is about the value of healthy soil as a means of not only feeding people but also helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. Our friend and board member, climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann, was in Australia on sabbatical while the fires raged out of control. He wrote an article about it for the Guardian. I reprinted it here so you could read it. Nothing like a world-class scientist being in the midst of one of the worst climate catastrophes and being able to share that with us. On the very last page is a new surprise!
VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE #1: On the home front, I will be taking a break after our next issue, March 2020, #60. I'm having such a great response from the Groundswell News Journal FB group that I want to keep that going as an experiment and see if that might be a better way to reach more people more often. So far it's going great but I'm only just learning how to manage it. It has been a delight getting back in touch with so many old friends. During my pause in publishing, I will be strengthening our non-profit Grassroots Coalition for Environmental and Economic Justice and trying to get grant money. If anyone can afford to make a donation in the meantime, that would be wonderful (address below) or you can contact me about using PayPal.
VERY IMPORTANT MESSGAE #2: If you want to send an article for the March issue, please be sure to email it to me here (firstname.lastname@example.org) before Valentine's Day, February 14th so that I can get the Journal ready in time to email it to everyone before March 1. I always check emails even though I am sometimes sluggish in replying on FB.
Thank you for bearing with me through life's ups and downs, twists and turns, during the past year. This is one exciting adventure during a critical time for our home planet Earth. I'm glad you're by my side.
The mission of Groundswell News is to be a beautiful, inspiring, uplifting newspaper which educates and enlightens people about climate change through scientific articles and stories by and about activists who are working to protect life on Earth and preserve natural resources.
Why we dropped
The Go-Back Club:
When I first created The Go-Back
Club in 2013, the concept was directed to Americans, who in general are energy hogs and have way too much “stuff.” It was designed to be a Consumer Liberation movement. We here have too many advantages and equity is a key focus of climate justice. Given the fact that many subscribers live in Africa, I am dropping “The Go-Back Club” because they don’t need to go back. Most of them are living in dire poverty with horrible access to water, food, and electricity. I want to see the day when Earth’s gifts to us all are shared equally and no one is suffering..
The objectives of Groundswell News are to:
1. Provide hope and encouragement to readers,
2. Inspire environmental activists with success stories from around the world, and
3. Inform readers about issues which are often ignored by mainstream media.Our Goal is to provide inspiring, uplifting stories of people working to protect our planet from the destructive forces of corporate and government greed with a primary focus on global warming/climate change backed by current scientific reports.
Since oceans and forests are major carbon sinks, there is a preference for actions defending them, and whenever possible highlighting young people, women and indigenous communities.
We want to foster creativity, courage and tenacity in efforts to restore and protect the environment.
The Problem: We are now seeing ever-intensifying consequences of Climate Change: Category 5 hurricanes, extreme tornadoes, rising oceans, floods, dying coral reefs, acidic oceans killing the base of the marine food chain, extreme heat, famine, drought, wildfires, rivers drying up, flooding, mass migrations, diseases, wars, melting glaciers and ice caps. The Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets are beginning to shrink. Recent studies indicate that the situation in West Antarctica may have already passed the point of no return (a tipping point).
We need to educate the general public in America about the outrageous level of waste most of us create (and how to reduce that) plus our extravagant use of fossil fuels (and how to reduce that). Nobody needs an act of Congress to start treating their home like a miniature Earth, thinking always about how to make our precious natural resources last forever and how to keep it safe.
.A huge Thank You to Fr. Ted Cassidy, an old friend of John's and mine from our work together in churches. I was almost ready to give up on continuing our non-profit, 501(c)(3) Grassroots Coalition for Environmental and Economic Justice after John died in August 2019. I sold our house and moved back to New Jersey to be close to my family and the ocean. Ted sent a generous donation to the Coalition and with it, I will keep the Coalition going, hoping to be able to improve my grant application for Groundswell News and get serious funding. Another huge Thank You to Anders Eklof of Sweden for his generous contribution to start the New Year off and cover expenses for a while longer. You are both angels!