Outside of the big holidays, Earth Day is one of my favorites. It's partially because I'm Californian, where we grew up recycling and attending Farmers' Markets and repurposing goods long before any of the above became trendy.
For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.
While my friends' moms were making gourmet soups from recipes in store-bought cookbooks, I watched my mom chop k'nubel (garlic) for p'tcha, a jellied meat dish made from calves' feet.
I know, everyone is busy. But stop for a few minutes and consider just how amazing and magical our planet really is. This is an especially good time to consider the crazy-wonderfulness of Earth, with Earth Day and the Earth Gratitude Wave both on the 22nd.
Scripture affirms this delight at nature; Psalm 19 begins, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork." Brilliant skies and captivating views encourage us to believe that there is a creator who is an artist.
Efforts to reverse those changes -- masquerading as "religious freedom," "pro-life," and "voter fraud" laws -- are rampant, but if public opinion polls are any guide, the rising demographic of young and diverse Americans will pose an increasingly powerful counterforce to reactionary politicians.
As Earth Day approaches, I'd like to take a moment to thank Ed for inspiring so many scientists and science enthusiasts to better understand and protect our planet's precious natural resources. Our world could use more rock stars like this one.
If there was ever a month to take the time to appreciate building and decorating with reclaimed wood, April is it.
Like an increasingly gnarly chia pet, SXSW has exploded in scope at an exponential pace. The massive set of film, music and interactive technology conferences have taken over the city of Austin each year since 1987, so it should come as no surprise that in 2015 yet another joined the fray: the Health & MedTech Expo.
It's not too early for a coalition of environmental, social justice, national security and clean economy organizations to invite all the prospective presidential candidates to present their views on climate change and other critical ecological issues at an Earth Day summit. If they showed up, the event would be informative. If they didn't, that would be informative too.
This coming Earth Day, let's celebrate with an Earth Gratitude Wave. It will be a time for you to consciously express your gratitude for the earth.
Today is Tu B'Shevat, Jewish Arbor Day, the "New Year for trees." This is a minor Jewish festival and of all the Jewish holidays, probably the one most people have never heard of. Its name translates as the 15th of the month of Shevat.
This is not a "50 best books of 2014" list. It is my personal and idiosyncratic list of books I found interesting and/or fun to read (or in a few cases, re-read) and that I think others will enjoy, too.
Come join the party this Friday, October 24, the fourth annual Food Day . Sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest and partnering wi...
President Obama today thanked the American people for "standing up to oppression" by protesting the Columbus Day holiday. He vowed to take aggressive action to "right the wrongs of our current outmoded holiday calendar" as we "embark on a new era of fairness and equality."
Climate change is much more than an environmental issue. It will affect our economy, our community life, and our national security. To move forward, we need a force bigger than the environmental movement.