Category Archives: Environment

Hungarians Debate their Nuclear Future

On the weekend of February 1-2, thousands of Hungarians took to the streets to oppose the government’s plans to double the capacity of the country’s only nuclear power plant, with construction and financing by Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The plant, at … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, International, Politics | Comments Off on Hungarians Debate their Nuclear Future

Clinton Landfill Plans an Unacceptable Risk to the Mahomet Aquifer

By Stacy James Clinton Landfill, Inc. plans to store PCB-laden soil in its landfill above the Mahomet Aquifer, our drinking water supply! Opponents of this economically lucrative but environmentally risky venture are increasing in number as more and more people … Continue reading

Posted in Environment | Comments Off on Clinton Landfill Plans an Unacceptable Risk to the Mahomet Aquifer

Hidden Costs of Drought and Floods

    Gregory McIsaac Climate models indicate that Midwestern US will likely experience warmer and more volatile weather in the future, with more intense rainfall and more frequent and severe droughts. Trends in this direction are already evident. The severe … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Food, Labor/Economics | Comments Off on Hidden Costs of Drought and Floods

Illinois and the Right to Know What’s in our Food: Labeling Genetically Engineered Food, Part II

Could this really have been the summer that the anti-GMO tipping point was reached? Has the time finally come when so many of us have gotten so fed up with our broken and unjust food system and become so vocal … Continue reading

Posted in Environment | Comments Off on Illinois and the Right to Know What’s in our Food: Labeling Genetically Engineered Food, Part II

Illinois and The Right to Know What’s In Our Food: Labeling Genetically Engineered Food

Illinois has jumped into a food fight! Some even call it the food fight of our lives. It is the fight for our right to know what ingredients are in our food and to have those ingredients clearly and truthfully … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Illinois and The Right to Know What’s In Our Food: Labeling Genetically Engineered Food

GMOs Are Not the Answer

This past Fourth of July, a nationwide coalition of concerned mothers and their supporters joined the fight for food freedom. Mothers across the country who have been struggling with the increase in food-related allergies, autism and other health problems that … Continue reading

Posted in Environment | Comments Off on GMOs Are Not the Answer

Update from Food and Water Watch

Food and Water Watch (FWW) is a national organization fighting for clean water issues ranging from contamination from hydraulic fracturing (fracking), to pollution caused by factory farms (CAFOs), to the bottled water industry. Our insidious and dangerous food system, which … Continue reading

Posted in Environment | Comments Off on Update from Food and Water Watch

Summer Classes at Common Ground’s Flatlander Classroom

Visit Urban Bees! Led by Maggie Wachter $10 owners/$15 non-owners Saturday, July 27th, 1-3pm Min 4/Max 12 Local beekeeper Maggie Wachter will take you on a thrilling journey in her teaching apiary located just a few blocks from the Common … Continue reading

Posted in Community Forum, Education, Environment, Food, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Summer Classes at Common Ground’s Flatlander Classroom

Trivializing the Not-So-Trivial: the News-Gazette and Mr. Khan

In its editorial of April 23, the News-Gazette took members of the U of I Senate to task. These members had challenged the decision to award an honorary degree to Mr. Shahid Khan.  Mr. Khan, an engineering graduate of the … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Human Rights, Labor/Economics | Comments Off on Trivializing the Not-So-Trivial: the News-Gazette and Mr. Khan

Illinois goes to DC to Fight Climate Change

B by Stuart Levy This February 17th, a coalition of groups, including 350.org, the Sierra Club, and Hip Hop Caucus, held a rally and march in Washington, DC to raise the urgent issue of climate change. The Sierra Club organized … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Politics | Comments Off on Illinois goes to DC to Fight Climate Change