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White’s Weaving: A new life for old denim

White’s Weaving:  A new life for old denim

Rows and rows of jeans line every used clothing store and donation center in Indiana. The blue jean has become the standard American uniform, in part due to it’s durability and versatility. The average American owns around 7 pairs of jeans and denim represents a $15.4 billion industry, according to The NPD Group/Consumer Tracking Service. In the US, we throw away 12.4 million tons of textiles and footwear every year by EPA estimates; that’s about 68 pounds per household. Only 1.3 million tons are recycled, as rags, paper, insulation, or even building materials. It is encouraging to see efforts to…
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Love the Englewood Way

Love the Englewood Way

Englewood Community Church & Englewood Community Development Corporation: Bicentennial Green Legacy Community Award Winner by Richard Clough “Love your neighbor” is a core Christian belief. For some it means having good feelings about the people over the back fence or in the upstairs apartment. For Englewood Community Church, as stated in their mission statement, “love of neighbor takes the form of affordable housing, economic development and comprehensive community development.” The result is that one part of Indianapolis looks quite different than it did a few years ago. Under the leadership of Pastor Mike Bowling, Englewood sought to make their Near…
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What Will We Do, Now That We Know?

What Will We Do, Now That We Know?

Remarks to Sierra Club Clean Power Plan Rally, August 8, 2015 By Paul Severance, Chair, Elders Climate Action I am here today representing elders here in Indiana and across the nation who are working together in a campaign called Elders Climate Action.  We believe that the voice of elders who have a long-term perspective is especially needed today. It is hard to imagine a more short-sighted policy than fighting the Clean Power Plan.  There is no doubt that the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is heating our planet. There is no doubt that existing power plants are…
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A Fresh Look at Irvington

A Fresh Look at Irvington

Summer Sunday afternoons in the Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis are special. Around 10am, tents start popping up all over the northwest corner of Ellenberger Park (5301 East Saint Clair) and tables are put out. Within just an hour or so, booths full of fruits & vegetables, crafts, art, soaps, and honey are greeting people and selling their products. It’s not the only farmer’s market of its kind, but it’s a welcome fixture in a state that continues to get 90% of its food from outside our borders. We took full advantage of our afternoon at the Irvington Farmers Market, walking around…
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Will Notre Dame Answer “Pope’s Challenge for Global Warming?”

Will Notre Dame Answer “Pope’s Challenge for Global Warming?”

Letter to the Editor, by Garrett Blad In a letter to the editor on June 17, 2015, the day before Pope Francis released his encyclical on climate change and human ecology, University of Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins wrote on “The pope’s challenge for global warming.” The letter attempts to calm the political rift that no doubt has been widened from the pope’s words on climate change while highlighting the imperative to act due to the impact on the world’s poor. As President Jenkins remarks, “The pope is out not to declare a side but to challenge the consciences of all…
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