Jeff Biggers

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Isn't time for parents and adults to "misbehave," walk out of our offices and join our kids in the streets for the crisis of our times? (Photo: Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Parents, Time to Misbehave and Climate Strike With Your Kids
The recent announcement by the New York Public Schools to excuse all students taking part in the Global Climate Strike on Friday, September 20th is an admirable and welcome step by educators to address the climate crisis. Student climate strikers, however, are not clamoring for parental and...
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Climate change activists take part in the international Strike for Climate protest in Los Angeles on May 24, 2019. (Photo: Getty/Frederic J. Brown) Views
Thursday, July 04, 2019
Climate Strike: Youth Activism Is Giving Their Parents' Generation a Second Chance
For 11 weeks this spring, my 14-year-old kid refused to go to school on Fridays, setting up a climate strike picket line in front of his school district building or the city hall in Iowa City, Iowa, where we live. A handful of other students joined him, including his older brother, as did a cadre...
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Saturday, December 08, 2018
Climate Storytellers Inspire Roadmap to Action
Earlier this year, taking a front row seat at a church in Gary, Indiana, I watched as a young rapper, local food leader, and an arts educator beguiled a standing-room-only audience with a theatrical envisioning of their city in the year 2030.
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Debris from homes destroyed by Hurricane Michael litters the ground on October 11, 2018, in Mexico Beach, Florida. The hurricane hit the panhandle area with category 4 winds causing major damage. Views
Friday, October 12, 2018
We Need Cities of Resistance: Climate Adaptation Is No Longer an Option
IOWA CITY—The arrival of Hurricane Michael on the heels of the landmark IPCC climate report is a reminder that climate "adaptation" is no longer a viable option. Adapting to a failed system in an age of climate change, as the devastation from Hurricane Michael attests, is failure, not adaptation...
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Wednesday, July 04, 2018
The American Resistance Should Also Salute This Corsican Revolutionary on July 4th
The following is excerpted from the author's new book, Resistance: Reclaiming an American Tradition? "The greatest in the United States Constitution is its first three beautiful words,” President Donald Trump declared in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2017...
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Sunday, July 01, 2018
Trump Is Following Arizona’s Playbook On Immigration. We Know How To Fight Back
The “ total chaos ” of the Trump administration’s handling of immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border is deja vu all over again for Arizonans. The same goes for this week’s Supreme Court ruling to uphold President Donald Trump’s travel ban, a proclamation “motivated by anti-Muslim animus,” as Justice...
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George Washington; Thomas Paine; Donald Trump (Getty/Shutterstock/Photo Montage by Salon) Views
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Trump's Immigration Debacle Repeats History's Mistakes
When lawmakers meet with President Trump on Tuesday to discuss immigration policy, the trauma of thousands of incarcerated immigrant children separated at the border from their asylum-seeking parents should pinpoint the failure of the Trump administration's new " zero tolerance " policy. "To undo a...
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Tuesday, May 01, 2018
May Day: Arizona Teachers Have Resistance History on Their Side
Now in their fourth day on the picket line, the striking Arizona teachers are following a century-old labor tradition that galvanized the founding of the state in 1912 and constitutionally required the legislature to adequately fund education. Arizona's first governor George W. P. Hunt oversaw a...
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Students from Coral Glades High School hold signs as they participate in a school walk for gun law change on Feb. 21. (Photo: Rhona Wise/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
My Kid Doesn’t Need Permission To Walk Out
My 15-year-old son texted me from the streets of Iowa City last week, as he joined other kids in a walkout to support survivors of the shooting that took place earlier this month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. By the time they reached the historic Old Capitol of Iowa...
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And far from the “coal is dead” trope that well-meaning environmental observers stress now, another fact is that our nation is on track to mine 785 million tons of coal this year. That ain’t dead. Views
Friday, October 27, 2017
Coal Kills And Coal Is Not Dead
Amid all the “war on coal” and climate denial banter, you never hear one basic fact from either side: Coal kills. And far from the “coal is dead” trope that well-meaning environmental observers stress now, another fact is that our nation is on track to mine 785 million tons of coal this year. That...
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