Another World


Joby Fox: Belfast in Braddock

Joby Fox, the bassist for the Northern Irish band Energy Orchard, on the filming of the music video for their single “Sailor Town” in Braddock, PA, 20 years ago.

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Pittsburgh’s Israel-Palestine Roadblock

Israel-Palestine Checkpoint Action in Oakland

Checkpoint Palestine

Checkpoint Palestine

Last Thursday, at 5:30 in the afternoon, about 15 people took to the streets of Oakland. Their goal: to make Pittsburghers aware of the regular hassles and dangers that Palestinian people face in their daily lives.

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Mayor Candidates in Braddock

Dowd + Fetterman Campaign in Braddock

Dowd at the Elks Club

Dowd at the Elks Club

Primary election day is fast approaching — on May 19th Pittsburgh will choose between three Democratic candidates for mayor — Luke Ravenstahl, Carmen Robinson, and Patrick Dowd. Braddock is also having a mayor’s race this year, and its current mayor John Fetterman hosted a party a few days ago, to promote his own campaign and lend his support to Patrick Dowd.

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Pittsburgh Polka All Stars: The Polka Priest

Pittsburgh Polka All-Stars: Frania Frannie

 

Frannie Frania

Frannie Frania



Pittsburgh’s Energy Upheaval

Penn Future – Pittsburghs Energy Upheaval

A Coal-Fired Power Plant

A Coal-Fired Power Plant

Over 200 Pittsburghers gathered at Phipps Conservatory Sunday March 29th to discuss the future of climate change action in the region.  The group Citizens for Pennsylvania Future (Penn Future) organized the event – bringing together activists, government workers and scientists together – to talk about recent major developments in energy and the environment.

Pennsylvania’s a coal state – responsible for 1 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – but now the state’s on the precipice of a new era for energy use and production. After decades of talking about climate change and the need for dramatic action, 2009 looks to be a watershed year.

Suddenly there’s lots of money for  solar & wind energy production and for improving the energy efficiency of our buildings and infrastructure.  But the big question remains: will people change their lifestyles in response?

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Your Environmental Road Trip

Mark Dixon – YERT!

YERT's Mark Dixon

YERT's Mark Dixon

Mark Dixon overhauled his life a few years ago.  He left his job in Silicon Valley, and with two friends — Ben Evans and Julie Evans, spent a year in an SUV hybrid traveling around the US, talking to all kinds of Americans about climate change.

Thus was born YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip.  Mark, Ben and Julie filmed over 500 hours of footage, talking to environmental activists, scientists, and innovators.  They met with a scientist converting annual crops to perennial ones, a 92 year old man who’s been living for six decades in an Idaho cave, and an engineer who wants to convert our highway system into a giant solar energy collection + distribution network.

And the YERT team lived by strict sustainability rules — the three of them together used only one shoebox of waste per month.  It wasn’t easy, with every restaurant presenting a new tableful of challenges.  They survived the voyage, and you can see YERT films here, and read more about the project too. 

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