Author: Marina Schauffler

Cast Your Ballot for the Planet

Cast Your Ballot for the Planet

“We’re a society of distracted drivers. We’re not paying attention to what matters most.” – Michael Lewis, author (on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Oct. 3, 2018) Lost in the discussion of America’s partisan, gender and...

Cover Crops: A Living Blanket

Cover Crops: A Living Blanket

It’s late September and my garden is literally humming. Whenever I go to harvest vegetables, I hear the pulsing drone of bees, flies and wasps amid buckwheat blossoms. To me, the flowers don’t look...

The Unifying Power of Place

The Unifying Power of Place

There’s great comfort to being in a place where – even in solitude – you’re not alone. When no other humans are at my extended family’s rustic camp, I’m still surrounded. The picnic table,...

Going Electric

Going Electric

Not all of us can, like the royal couple at their wedding last May, drive a vintage Jaguar modified to be all-electric. Even most Teslas remain beyond reach. Yet while 1 percent of Americans...

The Quest for Shade

The Quest for Shade

Maine, it appears, is no longer exempt from the warming patterns that made five of the last seven years the hottest on record. Two summers ago, I wrote about staying cool without air conditioning...

Shifting Baselines

Shifting Baselines

“Nature has no hope in the absence of history.” Carl Safina in Shifting Baselines: The Past and the Future of Ocean Fisheries   We face a paradoxical bind, needing simultaneously to look backward and...

Grounded

Grounded

It’s been seven years since I set foot on a plane. I have not missed flying: not the sock-footed security drill, the shrinking seats or the fumes lingering in lungs and luggage. Now, it...

The Dangers of Hierarchical Thinking

The Dangers of Hierarchical Thinking

“The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man’s heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too.”...