Tag Archives: Environment

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 »

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 »

Next Myth: Darren Aronofsky’s Noah

Darren Aronofsky with Noah's arc in the background

I had no intentions of even watching this movie. I assumed it was a preachy B-film,  squeaking its way into the mainstream via massive financial backing. Essentially, I had judged a film by its poster. Through a friend I heard Russell Crowe was starring and became remotely intrigued. When I read that Noah was directed by Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Black ... Read More »

VICTORIA FLOOR: An Anti-despot Screed

The Koch Brothers as clowns

Stand By Meek The U.S. of Koch is a telltale sign: our demise is near, and there’s no divine. We are not a herd, or a swarming hive; among our kind, but a few can’t thrive. There won’t be time to adjust our genes, our race is poised for some horror scenes. When the masses die at the rogues’ behest, ... Read More »

Clean With Your Food!

slices of lemons in the sun

Picking up a bottle of white vinegar next time you’re at the grocery store may be one of the best things you’ve done for the environment lately. A bottle of vinegar can go far; from removing stains to cleaning tile, the all-natural power of white vinegar is unstoppable. 23 Ingenious Uses For White Vinegar lists countless options for this cheap ... Read More »

Happy

one happy face in a bunch of sad faces happiness and environment

I’ve always had fond memories of towns with Mom and Pop storefronts along Main Street, or quaint historical districts. I’ve never really thought about why this is true, until reading the Atlantic article “Why We’re Sometimes Kind Without Reason.” Despite never having lived in this kind of place, I feel a similar fondness to what Charles Montgomery describes in this ... Read More »

Mass extinction: foregone conclusion or call to action?

two colorful planets aligned

Elizabeth Kolbert’s new book, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, turns our thinking upside down regarding the environmental catastrophe occurring before our eyes. Species and natural habitats are disappearing incredibly rapidly, and organizations such as the Center for Biological Diversity  report that we are the cause. In James Temple’s recent interview of Kolbert she sounds the alarm clearly: further extinction is inevitable at this point; we ... Read More »

Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie

environmental dangers of fracking

“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more!”  You’ll discover what I’m mad about in a minute. Another Academy Awards show is done. Let’s reflect on the only Best Actor award to be won posthumously – Peter Finch received the Oscar in 1976 for playing Howard Beale as a tormented news anchor in Network. Here’s ... Read More »