It’s an unfortunate reality that we humans have some critical flaws. One such flaw is our difficulty in recognizing crises if they don’t feel immanent and specific. It is entirely possible that we can see a situation as a serious problem, know that we should do something, and then fail to find the motivation to … Continue reading Who’s to Blame for Climate Change Again?
It’s the sizzling sound of arthropod that bring the crowd around. Finally, after all the work; after all the effort of catching and cleaning; the crab cakes are lowered into a frothing sea of molten butter. One by one, the gathered lumps of blue crab meat descend and undergo their delicious metamorphosis. I may have … Continue reading For the Chesapeake Bay’s Blue Crab, Framing is a Matter of Importance
“There’s no point in recycling,” goes the argument, “because it’s just a drop in the bucket.” How much can it really accomplish? Why should people spend energy on trivial things like recycling or reusable shopping bags when it feels like you are trying to push back the tide with your bare hands? Just one drop … Continue reading When Recycling Plastic Beverage Bottles, Every Drop Counts
That’s been the thought rattling around in my head the past few weeks. I know that I live in a wealthy and industrialized nation. I know that the United States has second highest carbon emissions in the world. Plus, I know that I live in a nation where I have an obscene amount of opportunities … Continue reading Am I a Consumerist?
More and more companies are popping into existence on the booming clean energy market. To assist in their projects, they employ an increasing number of experts. Lawyers to work out land leasing contracts. Press relations experts to cast their energy project in the best light possible. And, of course, surveyors to aid in construction. But … Continue reading Clean Energy’s Corporate Responsibility to the Cultural Landscape
Those of us that enjoy hiking through the woods, kayaking down rivers, and general spending time in nature hold one philosophy above all others: Leave No Trace. It’s a simple concept; while you are enjoying wilderness without signs of human presence, take steps to ensure that those who come after you can enjoy nature in … Continue reading Make No Impact, Leave No Trace
The idea that we can tame the wilds of the planet is deeply ingrained in our western worldview. Not only do we think that we can; we think that we have to. We are the ones chosen to set order to a chaotic system. But this philosophy has sadly guided us to a deep misunderstanding … Continue reading Our Failed Philosophy of Dominion
Happy “Bike to Work Day!” As many people did this morning, I used my bike pedal to get to work instead of my gas pedal. My reason was primarily environmental: why contribute to climate change when I can make the trip emissions free and enjoy some fresh air to boot? It’s a tiny thing in the … Continue reading Five Reasons I Love ‘Light Green’
Nuclear power is in a bit of a bind. With powerful fossil fuel lobbies on one side and anti-nuclear groups on the other, some spectators feel that the U.S. nuclear industry is destined to collapse. Profitability issues, ever present safety concerns, and difficulty providing a per unit price on par with natural gas and wind … Continue reading The Environmental Quagmire of Nuclear Power
Disposable take-home containers. Single use coffee pods. Fast fashion. Cleaning pads that hit the trash after one room. This type of convenience based consumption has become commonplace in American life. But for many of our parents and grandparents, this pattern of buy, use, trash, buy, use, trash would be beyond embarrassing; it would be treasonous. … Continue reading Our Forgotten Sustainability Culture