From my first phone call to the EPA in 2009 to the recent conference calls the EPA has held with environmental groups over the past year, I have witnessed this process closely.
Nature time can bring us back to our senses. But unplugging the power strip doesn't always come naturally, even for those of us who, by nature, love nature. It requires a conscious act and a change of scenery.
The pine branches gently grazed my jacket sleeves as we swooshed through the treelined trails blanketed with unbroken, fluffy snow that covered our skis and boots.
In many cultures, the full moon in January is referred to as the Wolf Moon. As we think this through a bit more, we realize that the wolf is not howling at the moon but at his pack mates. This is their time for communication, when the earth rests still and their voices carry best.
Dominic Monaghan today stars on the BBC nature/travel show Wild Things, but he's perhaps best known to pop culture junkies as Charlie Pace on the TV adventure series Lost.
Compassion alone will not do the trick. Economic incentives for conservation, superb science, and improved governance for everything from a climate change treaty to enforcement of anti-poaching laws are critical parts of the solution.
The boundaries around our national parks have given us wonderful jewels like Yellowstone, but science tells us this approach is inadequate. National parks are simply not big enough to sustain healthy nature; wild places need to be connected to each other.
Needless killing of endangered species for trophies is inherently unsustainable, economically short-sighted, ecologically unsound, and morally wrong. The sooner it ends for lions and other imperiled animals, the better.
Do not be tempted to fall into another "winter of discontent." What you seed with your thoughts will show itself in your life this coming year. Take care to plant well, to allow what you plant in your mind to germinate creatively, beautifully.
Dominic Monaghan has starred in not one but TWO classic geek franchises -- the Lord of the Rings films and Lost. Now he's following his passion for animals and travel by creating a BBC America nature show, Wild Things, in which he stalks some of the world's most rare and fascinating insects.
Patagonia experiences all four seasons on any given day at any time of the year.
With "Wolf 06," John Sheldon offers a memorial tribute that he hopes will bring attention to senseless wolf killings.
Check out our favorite unplugged havens and pick the best one for you. Then it's time to lose the cell -- at least for a weekend.
I'm thankful for many things and my list runneth over, but I've never thought squirrels could be counted among them. Until now.
This tale might appear to be a poster story for economy versus environment and business versus bureaucrats. Why terminate a permit for a business that generated jobs -- and food?