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Josephine Dickinson: Birchen Twigs Break No Ribs

These birches were growing and sinking into their own soil
around the time of the building of Jericho

September 15, 2021 · 1 Comment

Brett Wilkins: Animal agriculture emits nearly 60% of greenhouse gases, according to new study

If people are concerned about climate change, they should seriously consider changing their dietary habits.

September 15, 2021 · 3 Comments

Julia Conley: Environmental Threats Rapidly Becoming ‘Single Greatest Challenge to Human Rights’ according to UN

“Governments’ failure to act on climate change in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence may well be the biggest intergenerational human rights violation in history.” —Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International

September 14, 2021 · 2 Comments

Christopher Bursk: The Plague in Early Spring

The first week in the first year of the plague,
when we told ourselves there was no plague,
the flowers were more than willing
to confirm our opinion.

September 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Astronaut Leland Melvin Reads Pablo Neruda’s Love Letter to Earth’s Forests

Anyone who hasn’t been in the Chilean forest doesn’t know this planet. I have come out of that landscape, that mud, that silence, to roam, to go singing through the world.

September 5, 2021 · 3 Comments

Nicholas P Money: The Fungal Mind

By responding to the need to create the shortest connections between its food stations, the slime mould achieved the same economies as human architects.

September 5, 2021 · 4 Comments

Elaine Meyer: Less Work, More Living

Movements such as the four-day workweek, right to disconnect, and fair workweek aim to save our sanity and the planet.

August 31, 2021 · 2 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott: Summer’s End

The sudden slip of moon that turns the sun
into a wreath of fire. We’re waiting for that moment
during the eclipse when—at once—all the birds stop singing 

August 30, 2021 · 1 Comment

Bhikshuni Vimala: At the Foot of the Tree

My mother taught me how to sell my youth for money and some sense of power, just as her mother had taught her. At our front door, I answered the … Continue reading

August 27, 2021 · 2 Comments

Marco North: A Pregnant Moon

A backyard. The low chirp of cicadas. The sweet smell of burning wood and wet earth, and a certain hushed silence. All as foreign as a trip to Mars. 

August 26, 2021 · 3 Comments

George Lakey: As the US empire declines, what openings exist for progressive movements?

Hard as it may be to see beyond the chaos and suffering in Afghanistan, the larger picture reveals real opportunities for social change.

August 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Parentage

I’m from the ocean’s melancholy, dragging
its anchors back & forth, never quiet, never
still, waves so restless they can’t mirror the moon.

August 18, 2021 · 6 Comments

Michael Simms: A Conversation with Poet Robert Gibb

‘Having started out as a painter I’ve never lost the sense that I’m working on something that has a tangible existence, separate from my own, and that what matters most isn’t content but the expression of it.’

August 18, 2021 · 9 Comments

Ramzy Baroud: Why the World Is Burning

Global warming is, in large part, the outcome of a destructive pattern instigated and sustained by capitalism. The latter can only survive through unhindered consumption, inequality, greed and, when necessary, war.

August 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

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