News from Anthropocene Alliance

Catch up on the stories you may have missed about our actions and intiatives.


Humans could cut as much as 30 percent of the earth’s greenhouse gas emissions if they would abstain from livestock-derived products.

3 January 2018: Aa co-founder, Stephen F. Eisenman, talked to Jerome Mcdonnell on WBEZ Worldview NPR about veganism, VGNPWR and Anthropocene Alliance. Hear the broadcast.


Flood Forum USA launches “SPOUT!” to combat bad planning, corruption and climate change.

December 20, 2017.  Leaders of flood survivor groups from 15 cities and 9 states met last week to share stories, offer support and plan ways to reduce flooding and combat climate change.

Their slogans are “Organize or Drown” and “I Flood and I Vote!” and they want to be heard by politicians and developers from across the country. The leaders were brought together by Harriet Festing, head of Flood Forum USA, and director of Anthropocene Alliance, a Chicago-based non-profit launched last Spring. They call their gatherings SPOUT! and have started a Facebook group for dozens of other flood survivors and flood group leaders. Read press release.

Photo credit: CNT/RainReady

Photo credit: CNT/RainReady

Major Award to Help Flood Forum USA 

Grant from Kresge Foundation called “transformative” by FFUSA Director Harriet Festing

November 20, 2017.  Flood Forum USA, an initiative of the non-profit Anthropcene Alliance, has received a three-year, $350,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation

Recognized for its “capacity building” efforts, FFUSA will use the funding to accelerate its outreach to minority and economically disadvantaged communities across the US affected by flooding. 

Powerful hurricanes and record breaking rainfalls in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and Louisiana in 2017 brought the issue of flooding and climate change to the attention of millions of Americans ... Read full press release.

Chicago, once a swamp, also could be walloped by a catastrophic flood.

Stephen F. Eisenman

September 1st, 2017. The catastrophic flooding in Houston has been called “biblical” in scale, but unlike the Great Flood, it was widely predicted. 

Read our opinion piece in the Chicago Sun-Times.


Flooded homes are shown near Lake Houston following Hurricane Harvey Aug. 29, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Flooded homes are shown near Lake Houston following Hurricane Harvey Aug. 29, in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Houston homeowner prepares for Hurricane Harvey.

August 25, 2017. The homeowner says "Sharing ideas of what we did today and praying to the heavens above: 18K lbs of sand bags $2250, 2mm waterproof barriers $450, trucks to deliver $459, Gorilla tape $110, labor to install $1400, $130 drain routers, then there's the tear down labor. We hope and pray, that it works."



grassroots flood groups demand action.

August 10, 2017. Across the US, flood survivors are forming grassroots groups to support each other and demand action against environmental abuse and climate change. Help us get their voices heard. 


Partnering with the Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX), American Geophysical Union

July 12, 2017.  Thanks to our partnership with TEX, nine Flood Groups from across the US are now benefitting (pro bono) from the services of hydrologists who will help them develop Flood Action Plans.





June 10, 2017. People sometimes ask: “Why don’t elected politicians hear us?” Flood Forum has produced a brief guide is intended to make sure they do. If you follow its three guidelines, you won’t always get what you want, but at least you’ll have a fighting chance.