Category: Ecological Values

Three Ways to Green Your Household

Three Ways to Green Your Household

“It’s not easy being green,” Kermit the Frog bemoaned back in 1970. What was, for a Muppet, a whimsical play on words has become code for the challenge of trying to live with a...

Politicians at Sea

Politicians at Sea

The politics of climate change are starting to resemble the surface of a melting glacier split by crevices. We appear to be at a shear zone, a major discontinuity between the perspective of most...

Bridging Chasms: An Open Letter in Support of Science

Bridging Chasms: An Open Letter in Support of Science

After a recent conversation with a self-described “climate agnostic,” I found myself trying to articulate why that was not a tenable stance. I wrote that person a letter and am sharing it beyond the...

A Time for Rethinking

A Time for Rethinking

“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be...

Good Riddance

Good Riddance

It’s always an ironic postscript to Thanksgiving: the raucous Black Friday stampede at the starting line of a month-long shopping marathon. How quickly our gratitude for blessings descends into a sharp-elbowed scramble to acquire...

Hanging on to Hope

Hanging on to Hope

“I hold one share in the corporate earth and am uneasy about the management.”                                         — E.B. White, “Sootfall and Fallout,” 1956 Not long after the election, I fell down a 5-foot rock embankment....

Casting Ballots for the Planet

Casting Ballots for the Planet

It’s been a long campaign season, and many of us are ready for a respite from barbed political banter. So let’s take a high-altitude look at what this looming election might mean–for our planet....

The Value of Frugality

The Value of Frugality

A recent skim of the book 365 Ways to Live Cheap! made me realize that, without ever trying, I have mastered the art of being a cheapskate. That long list of tips sounded all...