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Why I am Afraid of Global Cooling

Why I am Afraid of Global Cooling

Essay
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 article, from Nature, stating that Antarctica is losing ice mass faster than ever, and another article predicting 10 degrees (Celsius) warming by 2021. For more dissonance, read this and this ... More →

Climate: A New Story (2018)

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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 of solution and blame and reach toward the deep place where commitment lives ... More →

Olive Trees and the Cry of the Land

Essay
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 first and dominant theory says that OQDS is caused by a bacterium, Xylella fastidiosa, which was introduced via an infected oleander from Costa Rica. Fortunately (according to this narrative), the ... More →
Land Healing through Young Farmers (E24)

Land Healing through Young Farmers (E24)

Podcast
Severine von Tscharner Fleming is a kind of farming savant and a super-dynamic agent of the revolution in agriculture reuniting us with soil, water, and life. She is the founder of the Agrarian Trust, which connects young farmers with land they otherwise couldn't afford. We talked about the evolution of farming, its planetary healing potential, issues of ownership and the commons, and how to bridge our ideals and best practices to present-day economic realities ... More →
Sounds True (2018)

Sounds True (2018)

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Tami Simon, Sounds True's founder and publisher interviewed Charles for the podcast Insights at the Edge. For this series, Tami interviews spiritual teachers, visionary writers, healing professionals, and change-makers about their newest work and current challenges—the growing edge of their inner life and outer contribution. The focus is on the nature of authentic growth and transformation—and what that means on a day-to-day basis ... More →
Opposition to GMOs is Neither Unscientific nor Immoral

Opposition to GMOs is Neither Unscientific nor Immoral

Essay
Is the engineering of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) a dangerous technology posing grave risks to human and ecological health? Or are GMOs a potent new tool in the onward march of modern agricultural technology in its race to feed the world? In a recent opinion piece -- Opposition to GMOs Isn't Just Anti-Science, It's Immoral-- Purdue University president Mitch Daniels offers an impassioned plea that we embrace GMOs in agriculture. Daniels’ argument runs as follows: The health and ecological safety of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) is unquestionable “settled science.” Therefore, it is immoral to deny developing countries the agricultural technology they need to boost food production and feed their growing populations. It seems an open-and-shut case: the self-indulgent anti-GMO fad ... More →
The Future is Beautiful (2017)

The Future is Beautiful (2017)

Audio
Love as an ecological act:  How can individual experiences of empathy and community with the human and non-human world around us create radical shifts in our planetary ecology? The Future Is Beautiful Podcast with Amisha Ghadiali. www.thefutureisbeautiful.co ... More →
Of Horseshoe Crabs and Empathy

Of Horseshoe Crabs and Empathy

Essay
When we transmit to each other our love of earth, mountain, water, and sea to others, and stir the grief over what has been lost; when we hold ourselves and others in the rawness of it without jumping right away to reflexive postures of solution and blame, we are penetrated deep to the place where commitment lives. We grow in our empathy. We come back to our senses ... More →
In a Rhino, Everything

In a Rhino, Everything

Essay
What is it like to be a rhino? To be a policeman? A corporate executive, a terrorist, a killer? What is it like to be a river? These questions arise naturally in the story that Thich Nhat Hanh named interbeing, that holds us as interdependent on every level, even that of basic existence. It is the successor to the story of the separate self, and it opens us to compassion and grief alike ... More →
Grief and Carbon Reductionism

Grief and Carbon Reductionism

Essay
That defines the challenge before us. How do we bring people to care as much about climate change as the residents of Flint, Michigan care about the lead in their water? ... More →
What We Do to Nature, We Do to Ourselves

What We Do to Nature, We Do to Ourselves

Short Reflection
I am certain we will not "save our planet" (or at least the ecological basis of civilization) by merely being more clever in our deployment of Earth's "resources." We will not escape this crisis so long as we see the planet and everything on it as instruments of our utility ... More →
The EcoSexual Awakening

The EcoSexual Awakening

Essay
I hesitate to start an essay with definitions as if I could compel you with force of logic to accept conclusions that follow irrefutably from premises. Nor would that be very sexy: an imposition rather than a seduction. Defining terms contributes to the delusion that our disagreements arise from imprecise language, when actually our precision might exclude the erotic heart of the issue: the inchoate, the qualitative, the mysterious. Especially when we are talking about sex, any definition seems to make it less than what it is. Nonetheless: What is sex? The release of normal boundaries to share ones self with another. A temporary merger of individuals into ecstatic union. Sharing of the essence of self, each acquiring some of ... More →
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The Oceans are Not Worth $24 trillion

Essay
Some things are beyond measure and beyond price. No amount of money is enough to compensate for the loss of the sacred ... More →
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The Birds are Sad

Short Reflection
  Here is one of those little things – tiny on the scale of the vast tragedies unfolding on Earth today – that got under my skin. A family living on wild land in Oregon in tipis, raising their daughter, is now threatened with eviction because the owners are forced to sell the land. With the transfer of the land, the family is now living there illegally. In the realm of the human agreements of the dominant culture, they are not welcome on the land. But does the land have an opinion? In a worldview that holds land as a thing, property, that can be bought and sold, cut up and cut down, then of course not. A “thing” cannot ... More →
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