The nation needs every tool at its disposal to combat the unrelenting increase in human generated greenhouse gas emissions, the primary catalyst for global warming. That is why the time for reconsidering the institution of national land use planning is at hand.
They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they actually are. Take note of five enterprising women who generate a powerful ripple effect and emerge as some of the finest agents of change this fall.
How did a creature commonly associated with the West's wide open spaces end up in an East Coast heavily urbanized neighborhood devoid of virtually any natural hiding places? The answer: coyotes are one of those species adept at leading a "cheek to jowl" existence with human beings, even in urban centers.
Shell is running out of places to hide. Today, LEGO announced it will be ending its 50-year relationship with the oil company after millions of people around the world called on the toymaker to put the partnership on ice.
What if humanity actually committed itself, at the level of a national government, to learning from and working with nature? What if environmentalism didn't mean (only) marching in the streets, pumping one's fists or chaining oneself to a tree?
It is only a tiny island, you say, and a remote one at that. Still, the 107-square-mile El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, could be considered a symbol of hope for a global warming-besieged world.
For too long, environmentalism and conservation have been focused on saving nature for its intrinsic value. We don't really talk much about people except almost as an afterthought. In some instances, we've even allowed our efforts to be framed as favoring nature at the expense of people.
Next weekend, hundreds of bloggers and eco-friendly brands will be joining forces at ShiftCon in Los Angeles. This is the first eco-wellness social media conference, born out of the idea that "together we can create a profound impact on the world around us."
Love, hate, pleasure, fascination. These are the shared conceptual territories explored in the stylistically disparate practices of painter Sandra Low and painter/sculptor Jaime Scholnick -- showing together for the first time at the Rio Hondo College Art Gallery in Cultural Gumbo.
"God is still up there (controlling the weather)," Inhofe recently intoned in a Senate speech. "People would like to think it is man who is causing climate change. They don't want any progress." That is a pretty sweeping indictment of the more than 300,000 people from all walks of life and age groups who paraded in New York City.
The United Nations Climate Summit begins this week, and many of the marchers who flooded the streets of downtown New York came representing a multitude of faith traditions.
Cultural conditions are ripe for connection to shmita, which relates to food, economic justice and personal, as well as environmental, restoration.
The bottom line is clear: Climate change is a reality, and it is having a real impact. While the need for a response is urgent in communities across the country, our leaders in Washington have failed to find a way past partisan gridlock and get something done.
Five years after COP-15, the climate conference in Copenhagen which saw developing nations and first world polluters blaming one another for a policy stalemate, is the public finally fed up with inaction on global warming from the world's leaders?
As someone engaged with a variety of sustainability research, I am always struck how difficult it is for many of us to define "sustainability" well. I have been slowly coming to terms with the reality that this is largely because sustainability is the first truly postmodern discipline.
Career reinventions in and past mid-life are successful when they reflect authentic passions, commitments, concerns and issues. At this point in our lives and careers, we need to acknowledge who we are, what we're good at, and what kind of legacy we want to leave. But this does not mean that we have to necessarily turn our backs on our current careers.