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Rebecca Gordon: The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump

Extorting political favors from foreign leaders is bad enough, but Donald J. Trump has done so much worse…

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Oil Strike

The fossil fuel industry intends to accelerate production, spending nearly $5 trillion in the next 10 years on developing new reserves. It is committed to ecocide.

October 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Robin Wall Kimmerer: I close my eyes and listen to the voices of the rain

Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy.

October 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: Ghosts and Memories

It’s the place where the dead are sleeping, barely breathing in the moist black earth along the creek. They will rise when the time comes, and ask the living for a candle, perhaps a dish with a cookie on it.

October 13, 2019 · 1 Comment

Frida Berrigan: Trumping the Future

The skies, the mesas, the old growth forests, the seas, and everything else, all the richness, beauty, diversity of our ecosystem doesn’t belong in Donald Trump’s wallet. It’s ours, not his. It belongs to all of us — and none of us — at the same time. That means our job, above all, is to protect it and so our children, all of them!

October 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: Start Making Sense

By understanding the psychological buttons they’re pressing, we can stop demagogues from destroying our democracy.

October 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz: This Ancient Calendar Marks 72 Seasons

Adapting to climate change requires close attention to our natural environment.

October 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon — Little Letter to the Future: Die Off

From the new year, dolphins began dying
by the thousands, and those were the ones we saw,
their bodies washed up on the beaches…

September 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: Embarrassment of Riches

Every day, private jets take off from London carrying a single passenger, mostly flying to Russia and the US. Each of them is filled with 32,000 litres of fuel. That’s as much fossil energy as a small African town might use in a year.

September 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Entre Ciel Et Terre (Between the Earth and the Sky)

There are only a few regions in the world where the skies meet the Earth with almost no distinction between the two. La Palma in the Canary islands is one of them.

September 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: Saving the Planet Means Overthrowing the Ruling Elites

The ruling elites and the corporations they serve are the principal obstacles to change. They cannot be reformed. And this means revolution, which is what Extinction Rebellion seeks in calling for an “international rebellion” on Oct. 7, when it will attempt to shut down city centers around the globe in acts of sustained, mass civil disobedience.

September 25, 2019 · 5 Comments

Sally Bliumis-Dunn: Right Whales

they said it took weeks
for the whale to die deep below the surface

September 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Stephanie Van Hook: Beyond Coping — How to Find the Strength to Take on Climate Change

Our emotional energy can be a source of power.

September 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kathleen O’Toole: Starlings (corrected version)

My mind suddenly shifts
to tally one week’s arithmetic of grief:
eighty children among the hundreds killed
in a fine-tuned cone of shrapnel

September 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

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