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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.

August 17, 2016

A Great Lakes Commons Journey

Download your free traveler's guide to his unaparalleled natural and human wonder.
March 28, 2016

The Art of the Wild

Painter Thomas Paquette celebrates a half-century of the Wilderness Act

Canadians of all backgrounds rally for First Nations' rights in Vancouver at an Idle No More demonstration in 2012. (Photo by Eyesplash under a Creative Commons license.)

January 21, 2016

The Best Defense Against Ecological Ruin

Enforcing laws that protect rights of Indigenous People, says a Canadian initiative

Bernie Sanders speaking in Des Moines. (Photo by Phil Roeder under a Creative Commons license) 

January 18, 2016

The Authenticity of Bernie Sanders

He can win because of his vision for a caring, sustainable, more just and fairer USA

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