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I often have difficulty knowing what to say in a public bio. On the one hand, I probably don’t know you (the reader) very well, and am uncomfortable sharing too much intimate detail about my life. On the other hand, if I leave out what is real (and possibly embarrassing) then what remains is a sanitized biography, factual perhaps in what it says, but phony for what it omits. That said, I will do my best to present what I think will be most useful in contexting the ideas I work with in my writing and speaking. Read More →

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Judith Schwartz: Ecological Healing with Water (030)

Judith Schwartz: Ecological Healing with Water (030)
Judith Schwartz is the author of several books, most recently Water in Plain Sight. She is a leading advocate of what is coming to be known as "rain for climate" -- a shift in emphasis toward water as the most important substance in understanding and addressing climate change. We talk about water, soil, and plants, trees and cows, dogmatism, veganism and meat, and other topics. ... More →

Why I am Afraid of Global Cooling

Why I am Afraid of Global Cooling
In the run-up to the publication of my next book, I’ve been monitoring sources across the spectrum of opinion on climate change. The other day I happened upon this piece, which describes recent measurements of ice mass and ice extent gains in the Arctic, Antarctic, and Greenland, along with cool surface and tropospheric temperatures. My heart sank. This is what I’ve been worried about for several years now as I’ve seen cracks spread in the global warming consensus. Before I explain why I am worried about cooling, let me offer an opposing ... More →

Laura Delano: Sanity in an Insane World (E28)

Laura Delano: Sanity in an Insane World (E28)
This conversation explores the contentious subject of the mental health system, through the story of patient advocate Laura Delano. Her journey into being institutionalized and recovering sovereignty over her mind and body has larger significance in our society. Her organization, Inner Compass Initiative, supports those who want to wean themselves off medication -- a formidable task not to be taken lightly. ... More →

Climate: A New Story (2018)

Climate: A New Story (2018)
In this video from Spring 2018 in New Zealand, Charles advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions to see the broader picture beyond our short-sighted and incomplete approach to mitigating climate change. The natural and the material world--the rivers, forests, and creatures--are sacred and valuable in their own right, not simply for carbon credits or preventing the extinction of one species versus another. Seeing the bigger picture of how everything from prison reform to saving the whales can contribute to our planetary ecological health, we resist reflexive postures ... More →

Olive Trees and the Cry of the Land

Olive Trees and the Cry of the Land
The olive trees are dying in the Salento region of Italy, the picturesque heel of the Italian peninsula. A new disease called Olive Quick Decline Syndrome (OQDS) is ravaging olive groves that date back to Roman times and before, some with 2000-year-old trees. Leaves wither as is scorched by fire, twigs and branches die back, and the trees quickly die. Two theories have emerged to explain this calamity, two stories. Each exemplifies a more general relationship between humans and the material world, with consequences far beyond Italian olive trees. The ... More →