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Aviva Chomsky: Jobs, the Environment and a Planet in Crisis

Does organized labor actually support or oppose the Green New Deal? What about environmental organizations? If you’re not even sure how to answer such questions, you’re not alone.

August 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Deepak Ray: Climate change is affecting crop yields and reducing global food supplies

Feeding a growing world population in a changing climate will require a global-scale transformation of agriculture.

July 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Margaret Klein Salamon: Facing the Climate Emergency — Grieving The Future You Thought You Had

If humanity’s two choices are to transform or collapse, the only rational, moral choice is to immerse yourself in the struggle to protect all life.

June 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jill Richardson: Dealing with climate fear

If you feel powerless, remember that the biggest change you can make is to support leaders who think our planet is actually worth saving.

June 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Planet is on Fucking Fire

Bill Nye: “I didn’t mind explaining photosynthesis to you when you were 12. But you’re adults now, and this is an actual crisis, got it?”

May 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Greta Thunberg: Act As If Our House Is on Fire. Because It Is.

“Adults keep saying: ‘We owe it to the young people to give them hope.’ But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.”

January 26, 2019 · 4 Comments

Christian Kroll: Agriculture is broken, but we can fix it

I remember cycling past corn fields on my way to school. What ten-year-old me didn’t realise, of course, is that the huge machines and the beautiful, tidy monotony of the … Continue reading

October 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: To Save the Planet From Climate Catastrophe, New Study Says Put Down the Damn Meat

Amid fresh warnings from United Nations researchers that there is a closing window to enact the “rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented” societal changes needed to prevent a climate catastrophe, a new … Continue reading

October 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Plastic Soup

The problem is not plastic. It is consumerism. Do you believe in miracles? If so, please form an orderly queue. Plenty of people imagine we can carry on as we … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tim Radford: Global green vision is do-able, with an effort

Plant-based diets are key to the green vision. Image: By Martin Abeggien, via Wikimedia Commons . The global green vision can become reality, with warming held to 1.5°C. Energy efficiency, … Continue reading

June 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

Eve Andrews: Climate Strange

The eco-obsessed often get labeled as weirdos — even by their peers. Weird, however, is looking better and better. Alec Mitchell doesn’t like praise for what he’s doing. Not for … Continue reading

February 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

Emrys Westacott: The Simple Life

Why less is more — more or less. The good life is the simple life. Among philosophical ideas about how we should live, this one is a hardy perennial; from … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: What is Destroying the Earth?

A sense of entitlement among Westerners is driving many of the environmental problems that are destroying our world. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my friend Carla*, a longtime environmental activist. … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: Human Population Through Time

. It took 200,000 years for our human population to reach 1 billion—and only 200 years to reach 7 billion. But growth has begun slowing, as women have fewer babies … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

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