The EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard requires a growing percentage of alternative fuels to be mixed in to commercial gasoline. But some of these supposedly green alternatives come with their own environmental impacts. (Photo by Branden Eastwood)

The (other) oil industry greenwashes de-forestation in Indonesia

It is a shock to think of Indonesia as the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. How could a country that boasts one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems be spewing out more carbon and methane than economic powerhouses such as Germany and Japan? The answer lies in the forest. Or what’s left of […]
Nov 21, 2012
Liz and Norma

Seattle activists unite at G8 and NATO summit protests in Chicago

When the WTO protests happened in Seattle in 1999, I was a 17 year old teenager working for minimum wage at a Taco Time in West Seattle. I was about to graduate high school but I didn’t think I’d be going to college. I thought I wasn’t smart enough to get a scholarship and my […]
May 23, 2012
globfeat

Gut-punching Globalization Trilogy comes to Northwest Film Forum

I’m looking forward to seeing Whore’s Glory, the third film in Michael Glawogger’s, Globalization Trilogy, with a mix of anticipation and dread. The Austrian director’s trilogy spans the globe to give an intimate look at the life and work of people on the economic margins. The results are not always easy to watch. Glawogger’s website […]
Apr 23, 2012