As Earth Day approaches, consider this thought. If you could change one thing -- if you could control one thing, and have that change have an actual effect on life as we know it, what would you change?
After years of silence, the conversation that Sandy unleashed is looping back on itself, feeding a suppressed desire to do everything we can, not just to mitigate the effects of climate change but to try to slow it down.
We are ready for something more subtle and more evolved in our politicians. Democracy is indeed about both the contest of contrasting ideas and the collaborative energy needed to meet common challenges and forge a national consensus.
In describing the most pressing dangers to the human species, Fred Guterl spends considerable time talking about climate change, though he believes that viruses pose probably the most direct threat to humans.
We have seen the deadly results and heartbreak in the Gulf of Mexico from every angle and are shocked and moved by what we see. But is it enough to get us to move from inertia into personal action and social change?