Nearly Blind Rust Belt Blues

Nearly Blind Rust Belt Blues

Nearly Blind Rust Belt Blues No one warned me that the smokestacks, skyscraper guts, and starless nights could turn my gaze so steely. Carp leapt from green water to smack the flanks of coal barges hauling the corpses of ancient ones who never asked to be cremated....
Forest ecocide

Forest ecocide

There is virtually no old growth forest left in British Columbia. While all climate change plans emphasize that ending deforestation of old growth forests is a priority, the destruction of these forests, these trees, these ecosystems continues apace. Centuries-old...
The Abominable Wall

The Abominable Wall

Trump’s border wall is an abomination and a death trap for wildlife. Mexican photographer Alejandro Prieto has captured the diverse wildlife threatened by Donald Trump’s barrier, winning a number of awards, including the Fritz Pölking prize, with his project...

The 50th Earth Day

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. That’s 18250 days we’ve been, supposedly, trying to “save the planet”. In that time global population has tripled, CO2 emissions have more than doubled, CO2 ppm have increased from 320ppm to 416ppm,...
Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own

One of my favorite web sites is the Low Technology Institute, which focuses on low tech solutions to housing, clothing, food, etc., with less or no fossil fuels. Back in March, they posted a description of their vision: A Low Tech New Deal (far far better than the...
Beauty against Capitalism

Beauty against Capitalism

Of all the ideas we take for granted in this modern world, perhaps the most insidious is that progress is good. For most of us, progress is equated with greater wealth, with a growth economy, with the ability for more people to buy more stuff. By that definition, the...