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Bryan Farrell: ‘The only way out of Libya is by sea’ — How migrant rescuers are making history in the Mediterranean

While governments fail to meet basic humanitarian requirements, rescue organizations like Sea-Watch are taking life-saving action on the frontlines of the European migrant crisis.

October 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

Jon Queally: ‘To Change Course of History,’ US Climate Movement Takes Aim at Biden White House

Five days of direct action and civil disobedience are planned this week to denounce “broken promises” and demand ambitious action against the planetary threat.

October 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: Wind

The evidence of wind is in the scarves
Of people waiting for the bus

October 10, 2021 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: Where Summer Ends

My village lies there in all its stony composure under the first thunderstorm of fall. It meant cold weather was coming, creeping in like a procession of ghosts under the rumbling sky.

October 10, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Happiness Family Farm

Rosata, her husband, Prosper, and son, Japhety, work year-round on their small farm to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables for the Portland community.

October 7, 2021 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Level Down

The living world is being hit by everything at once: the only way to stop our full-spectrum assault on Earth systems is to reduce our economic activity.

October 6, 2021 · 2 Comments

Rebecca Weiner Tompkins: A Red Tractor

It’s not weather or seasons I’m really thinking about,
merely the time of year, in a year of big changes,
when the best, most awaited change is about to happen

October 6, 2021 · 4 Comments

Majid Naficy: The Cypress of Abarkuh

Once with my father
I sat in its shade.
We were coming from Isfahan
And wanted to go to Ferdows
From the desert.

October 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

Erin Eberle, Anna Lappe: Eating in the Age of Climate Crisis

A recent analysis on land use estimated that livestock production uses 83 percent of the world’s farmland, yet provides only 18 percent of the world’s total calories.

October 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: Messages from the Invisible

I am an outsider and always will be no matter how long I come and spend my summers here. I don’t mind; I like my existence framed this way, with enough sunlight to comfort my skin and aging body, and my ears thirsting to hear French laughter, and French whispers below my window.

October 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Meconium

it is sacred, the way
soil clinging to the seed
of a new shoot
pushing out of the earth
is sacred

October 2, 2021 · 11 Comments

Nan Shepherd: Real Presence

We are love’s body, or we are undone.

October 1, 2021 · 1 Comment

Brett Wilkins: Wildlife Defenders Cheer Restoration of Migratory Bird Protections Gutted Under Trump

Over the last 50 years, the population of North American birds has declined by an estimated three billion birds.

October 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

Peter Blair: Variegation

After rain dries,
the shadows of leaves
star the white cement

September 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

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