The Opposite of Poverty is Justice

 

Ultimately, you judge the character of a society, not by how they treat their rich and the powerful and the privileged, but by how they treat the poor, the condemned, the incarcerated. Because it’s in that nexus that we actually begin to understand truly profound things about who we are.

There are so many fascinating points and stories in this presentation that it was challenging to select one quote. I’ve watched Bryan Stevenson’s TED Talk on the inequalities that plague the U.S. criminal justice system multiple times and recently finished his book Just MercyWell worth your time.

(and available in 31 subtitle languages)

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Belo Monte Operating License Delayed

 

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Federal courts in Altamira, Pará suspended the dam’s license and levied a fine against Norte Energia for failing to meet compensation requirements for indigenous groups in the region. 

 

The newest in a long line of controversies that have blossomed since Belo Monte’s inception… is anyone surprised?

Stories from the Mekong River Climate Crisis

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A good friend passed on this fantastic interactive site published by the Guardian a few months ago and I’ve been meaning to share it. John Vidal, the Guardian’s environment editor, explores the ecological and cultural impacts of dam construction, illegal logging and urban development in climate change threatened communities located along Southeast Asia’s main waterway, the Mekong River. The written segments are decent, but the vivid beauty of the images and short video clips are what make this piece particularly striking.