Jennifer Prediger

Jennifer Prediger is a writer and producer who channels Umbra Fisk for Grist in the world of online video. She recently joined a CSA and is learning how to live with less take-out.

Natural Gas

Fracky Friday: Delay means victory for fracktivists in Delaware — for now

Residents of New York, Philadelphia, and neighboring areas can turn on their taps without worrying about the flammability of their water for at least a little while longer. The Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) made anti-fracking supporters happy this week when they announced the cancellation of a crucial Monday vote to approve fracking in Trenton, N.J.  Thanks to the move, the drinking water of 15.6 million people in the Delaware River Basin has been temporarily spared from the potential damage caused by hydraulic fracturing. On the fracktivist website Save the Delaware River, Gasland director Josh Fox wrote, “They cancel the …

Climate & Energy

Green issues and greenbacks: Occupy Wall Street connects the dots [VIDEO]

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters linked climate and the environment to their movement this past Sunday, Oct. 30.  OWS’s environmental working group put the Climate Justice Day event together in five days, hosting workshops at New York City’s Zuccotti Park on topics such as fracking and sustainable economics.  Throughout the day, speakers drew connections between the economy and the environment. “Every bank which you are down here protesting finances extreme energy — fracking, tar sands development, mountaintop removal, deep water drilling,” said Gasland documentary director Josh Fox after a “mic check” to the crowd. He encouraged listeners to join the …

Climate Change

Bill McKibben talks to Grist amidst 'chaotic and beautiful' Tar Sands Action [VIDEO]

Bill McKibben shares his excitement on the last day of tar-sands-pipeline protests in front of the White House.

Fossil Fuels

Mark Ruffalo wants you to fight the tar sands

Actor Mark Ruffalo explains why you should join him and thousands of others in protesting the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 20.

Climate & Energy

Scenes from the DeChristopher sentencing [VIDEO]

Get an up-close glimpse of the peaceful, positive protests at Tim DeChristopher's sentencing in Salt Lake City on July 26.

It’s the happiness, stupid!

A new documentary about the real wealth of nations — happiness

Money can’t make you happy, they say. Maybe a new kind of economy can?What if GDP stood for Great Domestic Pleasantness? How about an economy whose success is not determined by growth for growth’s sake? A new documentary, The Economics of Happiness, explores this rich territory. The film makes a connection between the economic crisis, the environment, and a “crisis of the human spirit” — the reality that even as our material wealth has increased, we have not gotten happier. According to a study cited by author and 350.org activist (and Grist Board member) Bill McKibben, people in the United …

Populist popcorn

What was the most sustainable cinema at Sundance 2011?

Grist's Jennifer Prediger set out to see some of the most sustainable selections on the silver screen at Sundance last week.

squeaky wheel

Angry abandoned tire goes on killing spree (don't worry, it's a movie)

What happens to tires when road rage sets in? Check out the trailer for Rubber, a new movie about a tire that's gone around the bend.

Turnip your nose

Urbivore’s Dilemma, Weeks 23 & 24: Some unsavory choices

Local, seasonal CSA produce is autumnal cornucopia. It's time for the Urbivore to get roasting -- but what happens when she can't take a turnip and finds her sense of wonder wounded by a worm?

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