Ashes to Ashes: Living and Dying Sustainably

Recycle Yourself

“In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die. Where you invest your love you invest your life.” (Mumford & Sons, Awake My Soul) Impermanence is a theme that reaches across the fragile stretch of each human life cycle. The body reminds us of our corporeal reality on a daily basis and mortality lies in its very ... Read More »

Dancing Our Way to Wholeness

“Life is movement. The more life there is, the more flexibility there is. The more fluid you are, the more you are alive.” (Arnaud Desjardins) Close your eyes and feel your breath. What do you notice? Sense your feet on the ground. What are you aware of? Check in with the vertical line of your spine. How is your skull ... Read More »

The Air

Air vapors

is warm with those still waiting to be born. They flit past us   like mosquitoes, then scramble— tenuous as the station   at the far end of the dial. Bloodless, they’re blood to us all.   By winter they lift upward slowly, through the grainy peaks   of snowdrifts or a streetlamp’s conical glow. How small we   must ... Read More »

Falling in Love with Nature

beautiful trees

I wonder about the direction of humanity in a world where selfie was declared the 2013 Oxford Dictionary word of the year. If that wasn’t enough to get my attention and inspire a response, the 2014-15  word of the year was vape! Now, we have “vapers” taking “selfies” and sharing them on social media sites. Will everything in our future ... Read More »

A Modern Johnny Appleseed Saves His Homeland

Johnny Appleseed

Everybody knows planting trees is a good thing. They provide the oxygen we breathe, shelter, shade on hot days, wood for fires on camping trips, material for paper, and on and on. Since 1979, Jadav Payeng has singlehandedly planted more trees, bamboo, and other assorted plant life than could fit in New York City’s Central Park. It’s an achievement that’s impressive in and ... Read More »

The Changing Climate of Philanthropy

Hurricane Isael image

The climate of environmental philanthropy is changing. While some tech moguls are spending their millions adapting a class system to Burning Man, others are fueling major global initiatives to prepare for the inevitable consequences of climate change. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its first report in seven years—a whopping 2,500 page analysis released over several months beginning last September ... Read More »

Why Culture Matters

sea level

A few years ago, I was just starting to explore my interest in sustainability, and a friend shared a post by the author Sharon Astyk. That post moved me deeply and forever shaped the way I frame responses to such issues. Sadly, I lost the link to the article with the demise of Google Reader, though I continued to follow ... Read More »

Divorce your car!

traffic jam

I do not own a car. Most people assume this is due to having lived on a grad student stipend for a number of years, and this is not entirely untrue. However, the whole truth is something that does not often come up in conversation, and which I am too often reluctant to mention: I do not want to own a car. ... Read More »

Sacred Activism

The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible

Recently, Martin Frischknecht, editor of the Swiss magazine Spuren, interviewed Charles Eisenstein about his newest book, The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible: Martin Frischknecht: Charles, thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about your latest book. In fact I am haunted by its many insights, and there is many a passage that strikes me as if it ... Read More »

Nature’s Mirror

Sunset over mountain and stream

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.                                     ... Read More »