So what does a postmodern Earth Day altar call look like? People pledged to learn to live in smaller circles -- to bike less and walk more, to eat locally, to plant gardens. Many pledged to take a digital sabbath -- "no screens on Sunday."
At a time of rising inequality, the marketization of everything means that people of affluence and people of modest means lead increasingly separate lives. You might call it the skyboxification of American life. It's not good for democracy, nor is it a satisfying way to live.
In Vancouver for a week of teaching and lectures, Thich Nhat Hanh, sat down with Canada's David Suzuki, a world-renowned authority on sustainable ecology, to discuss the path forward to a more sustainable way of living.
Fashions change every season and when we buy new things we have to get rid of the old, outgrown and out of style. Americans consume 65 pounds of new clothes per person each year and discard a total of 25.4 billion pounds of textiles annually.
Surging international food prices have become a major cause for concern. This is especially so in the Arab world, which is home to some of the largest food importers and where rising food prices have been one of the factors in recent political unrest.
What makes Plastic: A Toxic Love Story such a compelling read, is her honest assessment of plastic's finer attributes, which largely get ignored in the debates over shopping bags and single-use water bottles.
Every purchase comes with its price for the planet, whether it's the natural resources used to create it, the energy expended to manufacture it, the fuel used to ship it, or the waste created when disposing of it (not everything can be recycled forever).