Of Horseshoe Crabs and Empathy

Posted on Jul 26, 2016
Of Horseshoe Crabs and Empathy

  “That estuary used to be full of kelp and eels when we were kids,” said Stella. “It was full of all kinds of wildlife. Crabs, clams, horseshoe crabs – there was a mussel bed right over there – one time I was swimming in that pond and came face to face with an eel.” […]

Climate Change: The Bigger Picture

Posted on May 28, 2014
Climate Change: The Bigger Picture

The article was originally published in Resurgence Magazine, April 2014 I’ve noticed some parallels among three defining institutions of our civilisation: money, war, and mainstream religion. All three demand, in one way or another, the sacrifice of the immediate, the human, or the personal in service to an overarching ulterior goal that trumps all. Disciplined […]

Fear of a Living Planet

Posted on Nov 7, 2013
Fear of a Living Planet

Does the concept of a living planet uplift and inspire you, or is it a disturbing example of woo-woo nonsense that distracts us from practical, science-based policies? The scientifically-oriented nuts-and-bolts environmental or social activist will roll her eyes upon hearing phrases like “The planet is a living being.” From there it is a short step […]

Latent Healing

Posted on Jan 7, 2013
Latent Healing

The purpose of this essay is not to instruct the reader on the fallacy of the technological fix. We can assume that by now the environmentally conscious person has seen through the delusion of applying technology to remedy the problems that have been caused by previous technology. It is obvious that a new pesticide won’t […]

The Lovely Lady from Nestle

Posted on Oct 6, 2012
The Lovely Lady from Nestle

At a conference recently I happened to overhear a conversation between one of the speakers, a vice-president of Nestle Corporation, and a college student who was questtioning the VP’s glowing portrayal of Nestle’s social and environmental policies. The student bravely interrogated the VP about their leading beverage category, bottled water. “Do we really need such […]

Elephants: Please Don’t Go

Posted on Oct 10, 2011
Elephants: Please Don’t Go

A week ago I was invited to join in a worldwide meditation on behalf of the elephants in Africa, which are under renewed threat of extinction. Ordinarily I am resistant to vigils, meditations, and “sending light,” because it feels like a cop-out, a substitute for doing something. There is something obviously wrong with the attitude, […]

You’re Bad!

Posted on May 7, 2007
You’re Bad!

I had a conversation with my brother yesterday about Thom Hartmann’s Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight. John is a farmer with sophisticated literary tastes and a refreshingly unconventional. earthy perspective on the issues of our time. Since he doesn’t use the Internet or read newspapers or magazines, the echo chamber of public discourse cannot distort […]