The Noah Project

Rebuilding a sustainable world.

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Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything

This speech was given at the 2014 Bioneers Annual Conference.

Since 1990, Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. 

To experience talks like this, please join us at the Bioneers National Conference each October, and regional Bioneers Resilient Community Network gatherings held nationwide throughout the year.

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Truth and Taxes

How often do we feel a certain way about an issue without knowing if it’s actually true?

Wisconsinites elected a governor and state legislature, in part, on the pledge of “lowering taxes.” Yet it seemed to me Wisconsin taxes were unreasonably high.  Out of curiosity I did an internet search, which, if I’m reading these charts right, confirms Wisconsin does indeed have some of the highest individual tax rates in the country.

I lamented to several friends, who live there, that Wisconsin was trying to beef up tax revenues on the backs of lower and middle income workers.  But, I wondered, is this just me complaining or is it true?  I did a little further research and found the vast majority of tax breaks enacted by Wisconsin’s legislative body went to the top 1%, placing a greater tax burden on the lower and middle classes.

Best off pay smallest share of income in taxes

Tamerin Cornelius sums it up nicely at the Wisconsin Budget Project blog:

In Wisconsin, the top 1% is thriving. The share of income going to the top 1% in Wisconsin has reached its highest level ever, with nearly 1 out of every 5 dollars of income in Wisconsin going to the top 1%. Wisconsin’s tax system widens the chasm between the very highest earners and everybody else, contributing to hardships for Wisconsin’s families, communities and businesses. Instead of focusing on tax cuts that largely benefit the highest earners, state lawmakers should turn their attention to measures that could grow the state’s economy and lift families out of poverty, such as increasing the minimum wage and reversing the recent cuts in the state’s tax credits for low-income households.

If you’re curious about where your state ranks, take a look.

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Sunday Prayer

In honor of the Standing Rock Sioux and all those standing in solidarity against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Spirit Prayer

Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind, whose breath gives life to all the world. 

Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom. 

Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset. 

Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice. 

Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people. 

Help me to remain calm aThe Great nd strong in the face of all that comes towards me. 

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock. 

Help me seek pure thoughts and act with the intention of helping others. 

Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me. 

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy, Myself.

Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.

So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.