Category: Illinois

Community solar is for everyone

If you want to save money on your electric bill and are interested in supporting the growth of renewable energy in Illinois, you should sign up for community solar!

A vegetable garden to feed your soul

A vegetable garden to feed your soul Tips on how to get started with your own garden By Leah Sorini Every summer, the side yard of my parents’ house teams with peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, parsley, thyme and oregano, thanks to my dad’s vegetable garden. “Nothing compares to stepping outside and picking fresh vegetables and…
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Chicago’s lakefront: A source of deep pleasure and rising unease

Chicago’s lakefront: A source of deep pleasure and rising unease By Leah Sorini Nov. 22, 2021 Whether it’s a muggy, July morning and the lake is dotted with boats and swimmers or a brisk November afternoon and leisurely walkers of all ages pass me by, their dogs gleefully leading the way, one of my favorite…
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Chicago’s Tree Canopy Needs Nurturing

Photo: Inside Graceland Cemetery on Chicago’s North Side. Chicago’s Tree Canopy Needs Nurturing We must save our mature trees By Karen Daiter | November 14, 2021 Editor’s Note: Ald. Andre Vasquez, Jr., (40th) introduced a resolution in the Chicago City Council that calls for the Department of Streets and Sanitation to reinstate the treatment of…
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Let’s all take climate action now!

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To protect the sacred, stop Line 3

Putting it all on the line to protect the sacred water June 27, 2021 By Jane Goldenberg When I arrived at Pure Bliss Ranch on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota for the Treaty People Gathering in early June, I immediately felt a shared sense of our righteous cause, and the anxiety I felt…
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A student activist finds his voice

A student activist finds his voice — Q&A with JACOB ABASTA — March 1, 2021 Jacob, a 17-year-old climate justice activist from Mount Prospect is the city coordinator for an international youth-led climate education group called Earth Uprising. He organizes young people around climate change in the Chicago area. He recently joined Climate Reality Chicago…
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Help, I’m drowning in takeout plastic!

Help, I’m drowning in takeout plastic! By Jane Goldenberg Editor’s Note: With this article, we begin a series about new/local companies that are working to reduce waste. Please send us tips about others we should know about at climaterealitychicago@gmail.com — Part I: Pushing toward a more circular economy — With every takeout order I unwrap,…
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Tales from the field: Lobby Day first-timers dive into advocacy

First-timers dive into advocacy Edited by Jane Goldenberg One of the best things about Zoom meetings is that they make attending meetings that otherwise would require travel far easier. As a result, we got lots of first-timers advocating for the Clean Energy Jobs Act during our Nov. 12 Lobby Day. Here are their stories. Regina…
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The veto session may have been canceled, but #CEJACantWait

#CEJACantWait By Linc Cohen If you want to take the next steps in our campaign to keep Illinois on track toward a renewable-energy economy, please write letters to your legislators and the governor! Our chapter’s No. 1 priority for 2020 was passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act, but the year will end without the…
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