Committed to peace, equity, justice, environmental sensibility,
human rights, arts for social change (and fun), and independent media, Maura Stephens is a longtime journalist, educator, and theater artist.
She thinks, writes, and speaks on subjects including journalism and publishing; environment, climate, fracking, and other fossil fuels exploitation; Iraq; entrepreneurship; organic farming and food security; public policy; organizing; governance and resistance to tyranny; theater; and various health topics.
Nothing is as critical as slowing climate "weirding." Yet political leaders continue behaving as if climate disruption were a myth and we still had decades to act.
And well-meaning people whose kids have developed asthma and other diseases, and whose property values have plummeted because of the fossil-fuel and related industrial harms in and near their communities, continue to appeal for common sense to broken regulatory agencies and corrupt politicians.
We know the definition of insanity, don't we? It's doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. That also defines futility. And stupidity.
It's time for creative solutions; nothing less than our species' (and many others') future is at stake.
For starters, if you're still tuning in to mainstream media, for the most part you're getting corporate spin, not real news, and that means your thinking is being colonized. No exaggeration. Please check out some of the independent media sites linked below, and start getting an unfettered story.
Forgive yourself for not being informed; that's been the plan. But don't be complacent: Get involved in fighting fossil fuel exploitation and related industrial harms, and the corporatization of our governance structures. You'll meet some great people in joining those fights, guaranteed.