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Anna Clark is president of EarthPeople and author of Green, American Style. She lives in one of the first residences in Dallas to earn a Platinum-LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Entries by Anna Clark

The Joy of DIY

(2) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 12:48 PM

First came the Great Recession. Then came the Great Automation. Now we have a growing population of underemployed and disempowered, yet curious, capable and conscious people in need of an outlet. What are we going to do with them?

Teach them to make quirky new gadgets out...

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Are Humans Inducing Epidemic Outbreaks?

(3) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 6:27 PM

When the Ebola virus first hits you, it starts with a headache. But with horrifying haste, it sets in like a stroke. Blood vessels break and intestines split open, turning internal organs into a toxic soup. Death comes in convulsions as the body crashes and bleeds out.

To paraphrase...

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Throwing a Wrench in the Climate Denial Machine

(3) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 4:53 PM

The retina of any sighted person can detect a flicker of flame or the glow of a TV screen. But when light rises above 780 nanometers or falls below 380 nm along the electromagnetic spectrum, it becomes imperceptible to the naked eye -- and potentially dangerous with enough intensity. Unfiltered...

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The Inner Beauty of Trees

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 2:34 PM

For many, the sight of swaying palm trees invokes fantasies of sailboats, salty breezes, tangy cocktails and Jimmy Buffett. In a typical tropical dreamscape, palm trees are romantic, if non-essential ornaments. But to coastal dwellers in the developing world, the palm tree's beauty is more than skin deep. Indonesians, for...

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Is Motherhood Sustainable? 4 Ways to Stop the Bleeding

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 5:52 PM

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" My not-so-clever icebreaker was met with a look of piercing disdain from the audience of 17-year olds. Ummm, okay. Until that moment, I had been excited about serving as a career mentor for this prestigious boarding school. But these girls...

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Sustaining 'Fashion Revolution Day' After the Party Dies

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 11:08 AM

On any given day, wearing your t-shirt inside-out is just sloppy -- unless that day was yesterday, in which case it may have been emblematic of your elevated social consciousness. On the inaugural Fashion Revolution Day, thousands of people around the world turned their clothes inside-out in a...

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Noah: Not Your Garden-Variety Religious Response

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 3:12 PM

If you want the nursery version of Noah's Ark, the one with smiling elephants hanging out the windows of a big ship, don't see "Noah." A homicidal hero, a twisted timeline, and the subplot of a vengeful son in want of a wife are a few places where this film...

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What We're Concealing With Our Consumption

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 12:25 PM

One third of coral reefs, a third of sharks, a quarter of all mammals, a fifth of all reptiles and a sixth of all birds are headed toward oblivion, according to New York Times contributor Elizabeth Kolbert's new book The Sixth Extinction. Unlike the natural forces behind the...

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How to Start a Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 8:50 AM

If "revolution" conjures images of heads rolling and mass hysteria, then you might not appreciate the subtleties inherent in the enterprise. Revolutions are not always bloody rebellions. Some revolutions unfold like natural phenomena, as when some catalyst under the surface creates a sudden shift and causes an industry or society...

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Consumed by Desire: Why It's Not Easy Being Green

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 5:03 PM

We're a society of addicts. From porn and drugs to food and drink, Americans are suffering from dysfunction in record numbers. After all, it takes one to know one. I'm a recovering addict to comfort.

Hello, my name is Anna and I am a consumer. Or I was one...

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Planting Paradise in a Parking Lot

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 4:09 PM

Seven years ago when I transferred to White Rock United Methodist Church, it was an act of radical hope. Charming though it was, the little church gave no indication that it was capable of stopping the steep decline in membership resulting from an aging congregation and changing demographics. But it...

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The Pursuit of Unhappiness

(5) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 2:14 PM

We've all heard the story. Vincent Van Gogh was so tortured that he cut his hear off, sold only one painting in his lifetime and died virtually unknown. A century later, Van Gogh's Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear would fetch $90 million at auction. As with his other works, it...

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Don't Take Away My Guns -- or Fins

(3) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 2:17 PM

Texas is a place of paradox. Our state ranks number one in carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, yet our region also holds some of the greatest potential in solar- and wind-powered energy in America. We have one of the most business-friendly climates in the nation, but Texas also ranks...

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Texans Unite in the Fight to Save Sharks

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2013 | 5:16 PM

Endangered Species Day may be yesterday's news, but animal advocates around the nation continue fighting to save species from what scientists term the 6th Great Extinction. Sharks, long portrayed in the media as surfer-stalking predators with a personal vendetta, are among the most exploited of ocean species. According to the...

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Texans Try to Take a Bite Out of Shark Fin Trade

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 11:49 AM

This op-ed was written in association with The Op-Ed Project.


Shark finning has been getting a lot of press lately, even landing on Richard Branson's blog -- and deservedly so. The cruel yet lucrative practice is decimating approximately 100 million sharks each year, according to...

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24/6: The Sanctity of Stop Day

(5) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 10:34 AM

This op-ed was written in association with The Op-Ed Project.

"Time is money," wrote Ben Franklin in "Advice to a Young Tradesman, Written by an Old One." The saying that has embodied the Protestant work ethic since 1748 is no less relevant in our 21st century postmodern culture....

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Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker: Serendipity in the Creative Process

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 9:41 AM

This op-ed was written in association with The Op-Ed Project.

Imagine the sting of disappointment Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky felt from the mixed reviews when The Nutcracker ballet premiered on December 18, 1882 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. "Insipid," "ponderous," and "amateurish" were several words critics...

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'Hope and Change': Not Just for Democrats Anymore

(8) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 5:12 PM

This op-ed was written in association with The Op-Ed Project.

First came the Tea Party, and all that it implies. Then there were several supremely misguided nominations for the highest and second-highest offices in the land. Now there are Romney's parting words about Obama's "gifts" to the blue...

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New Campaign Breaks GOP Silence on Environment

(4) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 11:43 AM

This op-ed was written in association with The Op-Ed Project.

Climate change has virtually disappeared from American discourse since it first hit the world stage in 2006. Much of what remains in popular media is riddled with inaccurate reporting and biased opinion. According to the Union of Concerned...

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Dallas Ratings Spike in Renewables, Too

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 6:14 PM

This op ed was written in association with The Op Ed Project

Dallas is back on prime time, and in more ways than one. The black stuff spewing from the gusher in the season premier may be pure fiction -- Texas oil fields are...

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