Category: Sustainable Practices

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...

Pointless Pollution, Maddening Noise

Pointless Pollution, Maddening Noise

It’s a gorgeous summer morning, fragrant with the scents of lilac and abelia, but my office windows are shut. A swarm of leaf blowers has descended just down the road, generating plumes of dust...

Field-grown Perennials?

Field-grown Perennials?

Shopping didn’t used to require a glossary. But now there’s a profusion of labels like “pasture butter” and “field-grown perennial” that require translation. Consider the latter term: what portion of the plant’s life is...

Daring Democracy

Daring Democracy

“Democracy is a process, not a static condition. It is becoming rather than being. It can be easily lost, but never is fully won. Its essence is eternal struggle.” — William Hastie, first U.S....

Wood Chip Mulch: A Boon for Gardeners

Wood Chip Mulch: A Boon for Gardeners

Even before the soil could be worked this spring, I indulged my impulse to dig – shoveling into a pile of wood chips that an arborist delivered last fall. The chips were sodden from...