Vox Populi

A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Kevin Loria: Antarctica is melting faster than anyone thought, and we’re not ready for the sea level rise that’s coming

Crevasses near the grounding line of Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica.  Ice melting rates in Antarctica tripled between 2012 and 2017, according to a study published in the journal Nature. The biggest … Continue reading

June 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: Guided Imagery — With Respect for the Sea’s Language

Yesterday someone said “See grief through God’s eyes” and when I try to do that I rescue the memory of  blue mist an image that draws from shadows:   I … Continue reading

June 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: River Dolphin of the Yangtze

We sailed on a river boat down the Yangtze twenty years ago—before the Three Gorges Dam   & the rising water lowered the mountains. That day the peaks shrouded with … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Butchery of the Planet

Defending the living world and its people requires a shift from meat to a plant-based diet. Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: No Such Thing as Cheap Meat

New global index gauges how 60 suppliers, worth a combined $300 billion, are managing sustainability risks based on nine criteria. Cattle graze on a farm in Caroline County, Maryland (Photo: … Continue reading

June 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Joanna Macy — Embracing Pain

. Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. In her workshops she counsels the embracing of pain as a way of deepening our … Continue reading

June 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

Bertha Rogers: Hawk’s Reason

When the hawk leaves his tree for movement among the green, when he aims earthward, the air opens for him as if sliced by a deft knife, space disappearing into … Continue reading

June 6, 2018 · 1 Comment

Tim Radford: Dinosaurs’ death may be guide to today

Evidence from the dinosaurs’ deaths 65 million years ago might just provide a lesson to learn about the lasting damage now being done by humanity. LONDON, 5 June, 2018 – … Continue reading

June 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: Time Beyond Memory

. It’s rainy here in southern France, and chilly. The sky is the color of winter, and a fitful sun keeps popping in and out of mountains of black rain-bloated … Continue reading

June 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

Deborah DeNicola: What Words?

What Words could fold this paper into a tree? How can I coax its ridges back into bark, rub its creases into nodules, flatten its already concave belly for someone … Continue reading

May 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Birth of a Bee

. From egg to the air: 21 days of bee development condensed into one mesmerising minute. After just three weeks of development, worker bees emerge from their brood cells fully … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Need To Know Why

. I thought I wanted to become a philosopher when I went to college. I signed up for an introductory course and found myself sitting in a large hall with … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Meet Theo Jansen’s fantastical inventions — creatures that feed only on the wind

. Theo Jansen is part artist, part mad scientist. From PVC piping, he builds fantastical creatures that feed only on the wind: propelled by the movement of the air around … Continue reading

May 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: The Reluctant Radical (Trailer)

. If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? Lindsey Grayzel‘s film The Reluctant Radical follows activist Ken Ward … Continue reading

May 12, 2018 · Leave a comment