Penn Johnson

 

Penn Johnson graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a joint major in Environmental Studies & Creative Writing. He finds interest in writing about man's connection to nature through journalism, non-fiction reflection, and music in hopes that his relevant ideologies and systems of thinking will motivate others to take action or at least reflect on the way they live their own lives. To him, the environmental and social rights movement is going to require all of us to take action, regardless of social class, race, gender, interest, and political preference.

So far he has written news articles for: Eco-Watch, 350 Massachusetts, 350.org, his local newspaper The New Bedford Standard Times and his alma mater's newspaper The College Reporter.

He just finished up a 6 month stay in Montrose, Pennsylvania working with an Energy Justice Network project, Energy Justice: Shale Initiative, on the front lines of fracking and shale gas extraction.

In January, he'll be recording his first album 'For The Trees,' inspired by his time in the shalefields and the urgency of Climate Change.

Captivated by the lack of action he sees in today's world, he endlessly writes environmental reflections, songs, and stories in hopes of inspiring others to action. This fall he self-published a book about his travels abroad in Australia, "Trail Mix & Goon: Adventures Abroad in Oz,"which will be available soon on Amazon.com.

He wants to write for a living because he wants people to see we're fighting for something more important than personal gain. We're fighting for the justice the people of this world deserve and to stop the exploitation of the many for the benefit of the few. In his opinion, a peaceful co-existence will be the only way to achieve a balance with the natural world.

Visit Penn's personal website to purchase prints/book photoshoots, hire him for freelance writing skills, or to book music gigs.

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New York just banned fracking!

New York just banned fracking!

New York just became the first state with sizable shale gas reserves in the United States to ban fracking. In a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York cited health and

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Saying “NO” to the Keystone XL pipeline is just the first step in our environmental revolution

Saying “NO” to the Keystone XL pipeline is just the first step in our environmental revolution

If you've checked Facebook in the past week or so you probably know that the Keystone XL Pipeline bill failed in the Senate, despite aggressive attempts by Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to ensure its

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Beyond Extreme Energy: Protesting at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in DC

Beyond Extreme Energy: Protesting at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in DC

It's cold outside. I forgot my gloves and now it's time to go. The arrestees practice outside the church, locking themselves into their lockboxes, as I pretend a nearby flowering plant is a

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Senate Republican Majority, Keystone XL, Tom Wolf, and Why We Need to Get Rid of Fossil Fuels

Senate Republican Majority, Keystone XL, Tom Wolf, and Why We Need to Get Rid of Fossil Fuels

The senate is now ruled by the Republican, climate-denying majority, the controversial and climate-damning Keystone XL Pipeline is probably gonna be approved, fracking for shale gas is going to

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A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

A Reflection on Energy Justice Summer—The Fight Against Fracking in Pennsylvania

Energy Justice Summer has come to an end, but our work against fracking and extreme shale gas extraction is still continuing. In the coming months, we'll be looking for more fellows to come to

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Flood Wall Street: Photographs from the Front Lines

Flood Wall Street: Photographs from the Front Lines

  Before the Flood, speakers included impacted front line residents like youth activist Ta'Kaiya Blaney who explained that recently in her community oil sludge trailing ponds spilled

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Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, and 23 Others Arrested in Cove Point Civil Disobedience

Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, and 23 Others Arrested in Cove Point Civil Disobedience

  How could Rachel tell her daughter that some people are exploited because they can't fight back? That sometimes the people meant to protect us are profiting from the dangerous

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How to Build and Maintain a Community House

How to Build and Maintain a Community House

There’s a notable difference between a home and a community: a home is a place you’re forced to be; a place where you might not feel like you belong because your family won’t let you use

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7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

It hurts to say it, but summer’s almost over. Soon students around the world are going to be heading back to the accidentally-nod-off-while-studying sleep schedules and caffeine addictions

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Dept. of Public Health Deliberately Silenced Citizens Calling about Fracking

Dept. of Public Health Deliberately Silenced Citizens Calling about Fracking

NPR recently covered a story about two former Pennsylvania Department of Public Health employees who said they were told to keep their mouths shut when people called in about fracking and

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6 Simple Lifestyle Changes that Save Both Energy and Money

6 Simple Lifestyle Changes that Save Both Energy and Money

Even though a lot of people may disagree, choices that can help save the environment often save you money as well. By learning from and curbing our regular habits, we can decrease our impact

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A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

“They say I’m not to be trusted,” said Vera Scroggins, a local fracking activist from Montrose, PA. Vera has recently been targeted by the industry for speaking out against shale gas

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Susquehanna County Got Fracked—Now They’re Speaking Out

Susquehanna County Got Fracked—Now They’re Speaking Out

  Susquehanna county residents have been bullied by the gas industry since fracking started back in 2006. Industry workers have no regard for the people they're paving over, which

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Presentation Says Cheap Gas is a Lie, Despite Industry Claims

Presentation Says Cheap Gas is a Lie, Despite Industry Claims

On June 6th, Fred Heutte's presentation to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Natural Gas Advisory Committee blew away idea of abundant, cheap natural gas like a compressor station

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Stop the Cove Point Natural Gas Terminal From Exporting Our Energy Independence!

Stop the Cove Point Natural Gas Terminal From Exporting Our Energy Independence!

By allowing Cove Point Export Terminal to be built, the U.S. would be forfeiting energy independence and committing our world to runaway climate change. Despite warnings from climate scientists

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6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

  Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and

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Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

A world devastated by climate change is like a night where The Day After Tomorrow, Planet of the Apes, and A Clockwork Orange turn on some Marvin Gaye, burn some incense, and hit the bed to

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Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Fire in the Sky: Devastation in the Shalefields

Natural gas flaring is basically another excuse for the oil and gas industry to avoid proper regulation and do whatever they want in order to make more money. Releasing dangerous toxins into the

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5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

  It's been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer's always been the best time to be outside

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Tesla Helps Co-Directors of Fracking Documentary Tour the U.S.A Emissions-Free

Tesla Helps Co-Directors of Fracking Documentary Tour the U.S.A Emissions-Free

What better way to showcase your new fracking documentary than an emissions-free tour across the U.S. in an electric hotrod? Co-Directors Melissa Troutman and Josh Pribanic of Public

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Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline Speaks Out

Benton Farmer Near Proposed Path of Atlantic Sunrise Gas Pipeline Speaks Out

  I spent some time at Endless Mountains Farm in Benton, PA, operated in part by several members of Shalefield Organizing Committee (SOC), a group of dedicated activists created to put more

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Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

  The Chesapeake Bay was formed eighteen thousand years ago when glacial melting generated sea level rise that flooded the Susquehanna River Valley. Today, it is the largest

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Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

  In a time of rapid climatic shift and lack of political will, the lessons in Ned Tillman’s book Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship are imperative for

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Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We Still Can)

Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We Still Can)

Before we gathered our food in grocery carts and online services like Peapod, we gathered it straight from the bush. It's a shocking idea that the food we eat might not be hosed with the

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Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

“I wouldn’t work for a company that I didn’t think was headed in the right direction", an engineer for Williams energy company said. I was talking with him at a Williams Open House in

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Energy Justice Summer: Inhabitat Reports on the Fight Against Fracking in Northeast Pennsylvania

Energy Justice Summer: Inhabitat Reports on the Fight Against Fracking in Northeast Pennsylvania

On June 2nd, I left Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join Energy Justice Summer; a joint project with the Energy Justice Network & SustainUS. Over the next ten weeks, I'll be a part of a

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OTE Corporation Harnesses Cold Seawater for Fossil Fuel-Free Air Conditioning

OTE Corporation Harnesses Cold Seawater for Fossil Fuel-Free Air Conditioning

Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation (OTE Corporation) is a breakthrough technology company that both contributes to the long-term health of the environment, and boosts the economy—locally and

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