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Economic growth that depends upon depleting nature is not “progress,” but wanton destruction of a vital commons. Our mission is to draw attention to this theft of commonly owned wealth and promote ways to restore natural ecosystems through better commons management systems.

Photo by Beth Cortez-Neavel under a Creative Commons license.

November 10, 2015

New York State Shook by Power of Bottom-Up Politics

2 ½ major victories for grassroots campaigns---minimum wage, fracking and school testing

A three-acre wasteland on the South Side of Chicago is now an urban oasis. (Photo courtesy of Eden Place)

September 28, 2015

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle---and Reclaim Common Places

The next, new stage in saving the environment

(By Herald Post under a Creative Commons license)

August 7, 2015

The New Ecofeminism

Fulfilling our sacred responsibilities to future generations
July 27, 2015

An American in Rome

Artist Kristin Jones Launches Art Projects to Restore Tiber River

"Headlands" 2015.

July 27, 2015

Capturing the Wild

Painter Thomas Paquette commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

(Photo by Martin Schulz under a Creative Commons license

July 24, 2015

Commons is Heart of Pope’s Economic Teachings

That should be little surprise in a document drafted by an African cardinal and issued by a South American pope

Pope Francis speaking at the European Parliament last year. (Photo by the European Parliament under a Creative Commons license.) 

July 21, 2015

Pope Francis's Green Message Provokes Strong Reactions

Major media call it "apocalyptic" and "profoundly pessimistic." While many people find it filled with hope.
June 2, 2015

I Paint the Line Because Your Mine

Two Boston residents risk jail time to draw attention to proposed gas pipeline that is dangerous to their city and the planet

(By Mary Crandall under a Creative Common license)

May 19, 2015

Your Land and My Land is Getting Fracked

Water contamination, earthquakes and climate change all show why fracking should be banned on public lands