A widening circle of death

A widening circle of death

Okay here’s an experiment. Look at a few Facebook posts and/or Twitter posts sometime and ask of each one: How does this help the natural world? Here’s my pick of the day, a tweet by Brad Plumer who writes about climate change for the New York Times....
Ecological soul mates

Ecological soul mates

“Foremost, there was the problem of climate change. Yellowstone’s grizzlies until recently acquired a huge portion of their nutritional energy from just four sources: elk meat; army moths; cut-throat trout, a native fish; and the seeds of whitebark pine,...
Our Loss

Our Loss

I remember the day David Buckel killed himself; I remember feeling almost incomprehensibly sad. Sad for this stranger who set himself on fire because of his own sadness about the environmental devastation we are inflicting upon the Earth, and sad because of my grief...
The Desecrated Places

The Desecrated Places

It’s easy, if you can afford a certain lifestyle, to not see the desecrated places. I managed to get though 20 years of my adult life without paying much attention to those nondescript, no-window buildings behind the chain link fences, the dead spaces underneath...
Who are we willing to sacrifice?

Who are we willing to sacrifice?

“Chinese state media warned that Beijing could cut America off from exotic minerals that are widely used in electric cars and mobile phones. The threat to use China’s rich supply of so-called rare earths as leverage in the conflict has contributed to sharp...
The art of brainwashing

The art of brainwashing

Do you believe the Endangered Species Act (ESA) protects endangered species? If you do, you are wrong. Do you believe wind energy is “clean”? If you do, again, you would be wrong, unless you think “clean” means it’s okay to kill...
The Horrific Human Supremacy of Jeff Bezos

The Horrific Human Supremacy of Jeff Bezos

On May 9, 2019 Blue Origin — Jeff Bezos’ space exploration company — posted this video of Jeff Bezos speaking at the Going to Space to Benefit Earth event. One of the visions of Blue Origin, as outlined on the web site, and the focus of Mr. Bezos’ presentation is that...
Faltering and False Solutions

Faltering and False Solutions

Bill McKibben pulls no punches in this excerpt from Falter, his most recent book, as he describes the future that is coming our way for those of us who have so far been spared, and the now for those of us who haven’t. Unfortunately, McKibben has drunk the...
Human Nature

Human Nature

This morning I’m imagining what could have been if only we’d kept our animal selves intact… if only we’d never allowed our hearts and minds to be colonized… if only we’d fought harder to protect our habitat… With the help of...
Reflections

Reflections

Photograph by Tom Hussey, one from his “Reflections” series, in which older people look in the mirror at their younger selves. His photographs make me wonder, as I often do, how I would better prepare for these days of ecological crisis if I could go back...