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.
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.
I was waiting to hear where I was going next. When the being in charge of revealing my destination said "EARTH," the other beings all around me oohed and ahhed at my good fortune. I recall feeling a deep sense of elation.
We have often misunderstood Genesis 1:28, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground" to legitimize human domination of the earth and reinforce our own selfish agenda.
For many of us, Earth Day is every day; for others, April 22, 2014 offered a great opportunity to connect more deeply with Mother Earth. Our skin on ...
So now what? If we have truly found ourselves at the point in human history when we cannot avert environmental catastrophe, what should we be doing?
I want people to understand the Earth truly is an island with finite capacity, and manage accordingly. I want us to properly account for our impacts and make only intentional tradeoffs that render environmental gain.
Love the earth? Love the park. A world without parks would be, well, like a life without sunshine. Wherever you live on this crowded planet, I hope you have a favorite, nearby park.
What do climate change and extreme weather mean for your business, your customers, and your supply chain? How do growing resource constraints like water shortages, or rising commodity prices, affect your value chain and your margins?
Now more than 1 billion people participate in some kind of Earth Day activities. But a vast variety of people and places have devoted themselves to the environment, even when it's not Earth Day.
Trees -- what are they good for? In real life: food, shade, houses, paper. In literature: so, so much more. From Middle-Earth's talking "Ents" to the car-destroying Whomping Willow, we're taking a look the most famous trees in fiction.
Yesterday, I was invited to join the live BBC World Service show, Business Matters to discuss Apple's green manifesto and its rivalry with Samsung. I was interviewed by the BBC's talented Manuela Saragosa. Here's a transcript of the highlights.
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"We cannot afford to lose another decade." My God. There's more darkness in this quote than the New York Times intended.
The God of all Creation is calling us to be the stewards we have been called to be and save this Earth before it is forever altered in ways that harm the world's people and the rest of life. We're all busy. But if we wait longer we sentence our children and grandchildren to a harsh existence very far from the Kingdom of God envisioned for this planet.