Call this the civil disobedience issue: Near Prescott Park in West Oakland, residents are pressing to shut down the carcinogen-producing Red Star Yeast factory with “all the tools at our disposal.”
Environmentalists often talk in terms of “stewardship,” “protection,” and “defense” as if we are guardians of a child. Certainly there is a dire need to protect environments everywhere.
Who needs concrete, billboards, and Homeland Security? Sometimes it helps to get out of the manufactured world and sit in nature a while — find a wild spot, just sit down, and observe.
At 8,000 feet in the Sierra, between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite Valley, twin miniature lakes gather the headwaters of the Mokelumne River, which provides the drinking water for the East Bay.
After shutting down the state’s only commercial medical waste incinerator, a coalition kept its broader vision: "not in anybody’s backyard."