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Video: Greta Thunberg says “How Dare You?”

Greta Thunberg has a message for world leaders at the United Nations this week: “We’ll be watching you.”

September 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Scientists Name Top 100 Unusual And Endangered Birds

There are about 9,993 living species of birds known by scientists. A collaboration between scientists at Yale and the Zoological Society of London have analyzed all of them and ranked 100 bird species based on conservation status and how unusual they are compared to other birds.

September 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: The new political story that could change everything | George Monbiot

Drawing on findings from psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology, George Monbiot offers a new vision for society built around our fundamental capacity for altruism and cooperation.

September 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: On the Precipice

In an ongoing gesture of self-destruction, humanity has been tapping what might be thought of as Pyromaniacs, Incorporated, to run the world.

September 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandra McPherson: Far Away in Time, the Senses Return to Me as I Identify with That Tree

The way the lightning-split
willow was tugged,
wandy and half still alive,
It refused to uncork.

September 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Hiding the truth

For decades, the news media have been ignoring research that disproves their cherished myths.

September 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: Nutshells

The inside of a nutshell is chambered like the heart, with little ridges and flanges where the nut grew and prepared itself for falling into the waiting earth. That’s what I smell when I hold up a nutshell to my nose. It is the odor of anticipation, the willingness to be sacrificed to the sharp teeth of an animal worrying the shell until it breaks.

September 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Cruelty is the Point

Sweet mother of God. Racist and cruel doesn’t begin to cover the ongoing atrocities now daily committed – coincidentally, virtually entirely against brown and black people – by the sick demons running our country.

September 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

James Wright: A Blessing

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.

September 13, 2019 · 2 Comments

Piper: Why I’m Currently Blocking the Largest Oil Export Channel in the U.S.

Twenty-two activist climbers from Greenpeace blockaded the Fred Hartmann Bridge in Baytown, Texas Thursday morning in order to shutdown what they called “the largest fossil fuel thoroughfare” in the country. Here is a letter from one of the activists on the bridge.

September 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Miranda Cady Hallett: How climate change is driving emigration from Central America

Considering that wealthier countries pollute more but are often shielded from the worst effects, how can responsibility be assigned for the harms of climate change? And more importantly, what is to be done?

September 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Conn Hallinan: Climate Catastrophe Comes for Europe

This year’s floods and heat waves are but a fraction of what awaits the continent—unless a growing climate mobilization succeeds.

September 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: Summer’s End

Summer is like old gold, dark with age. You feel its strength become mellow and pliable in the soft breezes. There is wisdom in the heat that still simmers along the edges of noon, as if it were trying to tell us that illness or aging are as natural as drawing breath.

September 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Karen Friedland: Ahimsa

You could say
it was a vegetarian’s revenge

September 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

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