How do we tackle climate change within our own communities?
By Niles Singer

Gardeners at Eastie Farm in East Boston, MA

In East Boston, Kannan Thiruvengadam’s small community farm provides a template for tackling climate change and food insecurity. By bringing community members together, Eastie Farm empowers its community, creating lasting networks of mutual support. And as a community-based organization, it can easily spot and create custom solutions for the East Boston community, maximizing its impact.

Thiruvengadam first began Eastie Farm in 2015 when he noticed an abandoned lot in East Boston. This lot, which originally had soil lead levels 10 times greater than what scientists deem healthy…


The Boston Museum of Science’s September talk on Children’s Mental Health was an eye-opening discussion about how scientists, doctors, and policy makers can work together to put forth policy that would improve the mental health of our children and dispel any stigmas associated with these issues. With temperatures dropping and the holidays around the corner, I caught up with Dr. Mathieu Bermingham to follow up on his insights from the talk and to see what kinds of advice he had for helping children cope with the holiday blues in lockdown.

Here are 5 ways caretakers can help their children get…

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At WGBH’s Forum Network, we record hundreds of public speaking events around Boston — from science talks to poetry readings — and we make these videos available online for free. Our mission is to provide access to quality educational talks online.

We’re usually lugging our camera equipment from one location to the next in crowded venues on campuses and in theaters. Now, while social distancing is necessary for everyone’s well-being, we are working with many organizations to offer their talks as virtual lectures and events.

We put together these tips and tricks so our speakers have the best remote video…

In the 1997 film Good Will Hunting, the brainy protagonist, played by Matt Damon, turns down a job at the National Security Agency after describing a theoretical chain of events that could develop into disaster if he were to take the job. He imagines breaking an international code at this new job that results in high gas prices, contaminated fish and a kid from South Boston getting a shrapnel injury.

Does it seem like a punchline that all those tangible, local things could be connected to such a small, random action?

“These problems are all connected and the lives we…

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Although we have long-debated the existence and the dangers of climate change, the facts were known to a number of oil and gas companies as early as the 1970s. A 2015 investigation shows that these companies privately provided millions of dollars to scientists to fund groundbreaking climate research. The results showed them that human activity, particularly the burning of fossil fuels, was responsible for global warming.

So why did we spend the next 30 years debating its existence?

According to environmental writer and activist Bill McKibben, the climate change fight “wasn’t about data and reason, the fight was about what…

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Moral ambiguity in the industrial food system leads to an unnerving dilemma: profit or public health? Discoveries in new lawsuits and research show chemicals used in modern agricultural practices can be linked to health risks and cancers. From strawberry farms in California to Monsanto [recently bought out by Bayer], businesses have closed their doors and refused transparency with the public. Although industrial agriculture has encouraged technological development, increased food production, and created employment, co-directors Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn exposed issues with transparency on agricultural practices in the film, What the Health. …

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In the United States, there are over 5,000 public statues depicting historical figures — and fewer than 400 are of women. In Washington, D.C. and New York, there are only ten combined. According to a new report from the USC Annenberg School, of the 48,757 speaking roles in 1,100 films examined in the last decade, less than 30 percent were women. In the visible pantheon, women often have to fight to be seen or heard, and as they age, they tend to lose any ground they may have already gained. …

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When asked where we are in terms of sexual violence and our response to it, author Roxane Gay says simply, “Nowhere.” In her eyes, we cannot begin to critique our culture until we listen to its victims and survivors. While working on her book, Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, Gay was struck by our immediate need to hear more victims’ stories before we can digest them. We cannot heal rape culture while we are still suffering from it.

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