Vacation from Emissions

I propose we rethink the idea of the “vacation” and transform any time we’ve accrued for leisure to be used instead for climate emergency action and to reconnect to nature. These small actions have the potential to shift others and society toward larger, more significant change.

The UN Climate Talks are Coming to Britain. The Climate Justice Movement will be Ready

But by playing host to COP26, the movement has a chance to push for the country to redefine its relationship to the rest of the world in the post-Brexit era. Those who refuse to let imperial nostalgia become the accepted goal for the UK can and should put forward an alternative vision of international solidarity … Continue reading “The UN Climate Talks are Coming to Britain. The Climate Justice Movement will be Ready”

Why ocean acidification could make some geoengineering schemes irrelevant

The idea of runaway ocean acidification has now joined the idea of runaway global warming as a threat so large that it stands almost co-equal in its danger. Part of the problem with ocean acidification is that geoengineering schemes for lowering Earth’s temperature by reducing the sunlight that reaches the Earth’s surface won’t affect ocean … Continue reading “Why ocean acidification could make some geoengineering schemes irrelevant”

Ben Goldfarb on How Beavers can Boost the Collective Imagination

One of the finest books I’ve read recently was ‘Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter’ by Ben Goldfarb. Ben is an American environmental journalist who has taken great interest in this remarkable creature and its ability to, as he put it when we spoke, “help tackle many of our ecological … Continue reading “Ben Goldfarb on How Beavers can Boost the Collective Imagination”

Taxing the (Very) Rich: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Six months ago you might have been hesitant to say the words.  But thanks to a political season of bold ideas – and the furious response of the U.S. public to four decades of extreme inequalities of wealth and power – you can now utter the words in polite company.  It is time to tax … Continue reading “Taxing the (Very) Rich: An Idea Whose Time Has Come”

Charting How We Get There

I share Bill McKibben’s sentiments 100%. I have worked in the climate trenches for twenty years, and I have always said that if you think you understand the climate crisis and you haven’t yet had that awful sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, you haven’t understood the climate crisis.

The lost chances of the Greens, part 1

In a nursing home in St. Paul, Minnesota last year, a 91-year-old Quaker named Rhoda Gilman died, and her death was barely noted — which is a shame, because she led a fascinating life. She wrote several excellent books on American history, raised a family, ran for lieutenant governor of that state in 2002, and … Continue reading “The lost chances of the Greens, part 1”