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Charles Eisenstein: Why the Climate Change Message Isn’t Working

True, the Standing Rock movement failed to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, yet it revealed a tremendous latent power in that so many people were willing to go to such great lengths in defense of the sacred. What will be possible when that power is fully mobilized?

January 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Time to Breathe

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that life has been far more stressful over these last… oh… two years?  The continuous meltdown in DC sends shockwaves around … Continue reading

December 28, 2018 · 5 Comments

Jeff Turrentine: A Renewable Energy Revolution in Trump Country?

Americans know which way the energy winds are blowing—and in the heartland, they’re blowing mightily. Something truly noteworthy is taking place in a deep-red swath of the Midwest. According to a … Continue reading

December 10, 2018 · 3 Comments

David Korten: Why I Have Hope in the Face of Human Extinction

Around the world, people are realizing the current path will lead only to disaster, and they’re beginning to ask the hard questions about what to do next. When I ask … Continue reading

November 29, 2018 · 5 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Carpool Duet

“I have a good life. I’m financially secure. My kids have stayed married, and my grandkids are doing well. John and I are free to travel, to do whatever we … Continue reading

November 13, 2018 · 7 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: What Will Donald Trump Be Remembered For?

The World According to The Don(ald) I know you won’t believe me. Not now, not when everything Donald Trump does — any tweet, any insult at any rally — is … Continue reading

October 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Molly Fisk: Summer Lightning

In the morning while it’s still cool we hose down the yard, watch a red sun crest the ridge, haloed in wildfire smoke   that drifted 200 miles and stalled … Continue reading

September 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

David Huddle: Animal Videos as Last-Resort Religious Practice of the Ruined Nation

When politics became so deceitful and hateful that even the idiot president himself could see the country collapsing into chaos, we citizens . found the old comforts–food, music, booze, drugs, … Continue reading

September 5, 2018 · 3 Comments

Dani Burlison: What Wildfires Do to Our Minds

A Northern California community offers mental health first aid to survivors of devastating fires. It’s late spring, and I’m hiking Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Sonoma County with therapist, ecopsychologist, … Continue reading

August 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Deborah DeNicola: The Evening News

It’s another option if you’re ruling out suicide— Ruin rents the land and vermillion limns the fire. Wires scorch down the spines of weight-bearing walls. Rain rusts dull as a … Continue reading

July 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth West: Love And Loss In The Anthropocene

As a species, we have been unable to meet the challenges posed by our own misguided attachment to growth. “Easiest to see are the larger and most tangible of consequences … Continue reading

March 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Terracide

Think of President Trump and his administration as a den of thieves. There is, of course, the obvious thievery: what they will in the end, as with the recently passed … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: The Unseen World

To be aware of the wonders of the living planet is to take on an unbearable burden of grief. What you see is not what others see. We inhabit parallel … Continue reading

December 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Leslie McGrath: Surge/Wick/Raze

1. Surge Under the strobes mounted on their camoed Jeeps National Guardsmen seem to wobble as they check my ID before waving me into the dark. This is not my … Continue reading

September 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

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