Slacktivism: Is something better than nothing?

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 6:45am

Changing the world, one Facebook post at a time. Does that sound wrong to you too?

Activism is such a fluid concept. There are a million ways to contribute to a cause or be a part of an activist community, and every day we see new strategies for generating engagement and excitement. And that's awesome. Activism is not an exclusive club.

The use of Facebook, Twitter, and new media is an awesome way to merge education, entertainment, and activism. It's accessible, it's 24/7, and it's attractive to young people and other hard-to-reach demographics. 

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What happens now that we know there really is a cancer cluster in Fort Chip? Nothing?

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 2:27am

Alberta's chief medical officer has now confirmed that statistics released a couple of weeks ago indicate there really is a cancer cluster in Fort Chipewyan, a predominantly native community about 280 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.

Fort Chip, as it is often known, has long been a subject of controversy about the health impacts of bitumen sands development because -- possibly coincidentally, and possibly not -- it is not far downstream and downwind of the largest Bitumen Sands mining and processing operations in Alberta.

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Free transit: Three reasons it is an idea whose time has come

rabble news - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:19am

On January 1, 2013, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, became the largest city in the world to make mass transit free for its residents. While the effects of having done this are, of course, specific to the context of the city itself, it has shown that a major city can do it and that it is has been widely popular with its residents. It has also focused attention on a growing international movement of groups, activists and parties who feel that free mass transit in major urban areas is an important social and environmental goal to be worked towards in the near future.

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