Dear Friends, This was another one of those times that I had to wait. Waiting until two days before deadline to be inspired can be somewhat distressing, but I have learned to wait in silence until inspiration emerges. Last week I received a video of an “Emergent Universe Oratorio” and found myself immersed in an […]
Storytelling The most exciting and beneficial things I believe happened to humanity in the past century were physicists’ recognition that “the universe is more like a great thought than like a great machine”1 and astronauts lifting far enough from Earth to see, feel and show us how very much alive our planet is. Those events […]
People are intimately tied to our natural environment. Our bodies are composed of water, we need clean air to breathe, and we need healthy and fertile soils to produce nutritious foods. Beyond that, nature has always been a source of inspiration and beauty for me. It shows me how to live. When I’m struggling with […]
In February, 55 bookstores with names like Oblong, Whale of a Tale, Innisfree, Odyssey, Yellow Brick Road and Wild Rumpus each received grants of between $2,000 and $15,000 from bestselling author James Patterson. This was the first round of a million dollars in grants to independent bookstores from Patterson, earmarked for a wide variety of […]
Artist Statement My daily work is a mix between creating visual effects and photographing nature. The two things are seemingly at odds and yet I find them to be a wonderful balance. Visual effects is about bringing someone’s imagination to life, quite often creating things that are straight out of a dream. By definition, we […]
Island Press, January 2014 Ecology and Religion is a foundational text for environmental studies and religious ecology. It is a distillation of Grim and Tucker’s 20-year effort to create religion and ecology as an academic field of study. They take us through the development of religious ecology showing how our understandings of nature have shifted over […]
The Crisis Downstream: Waiting For A Rainy Day First, the bad news. Our global community no longer has the luxury of putting off its complex problems till a later time. Mounting data on Earth’s atmosphere confirm what is already known in daily life: the planet is warming and water is becoming less accessible. Water scarcity […]
On a snowy weekend in January, activists for social, economic and environmental justice from across the United States gathered in a Chicago union hall to plan a Global Climate Convergence: ten days of action from Earth Day to May Day. Many of these activists had never focused on the climate crisis before, being mired instead in fighting battles that loomed more immediately in their lives. Who has the capacity to worry about climate change when your community is hungry, cold, without shelter, lacks health care or is being poisoned?
During that weekend meeting, we transcended the barriers that typically lead to working in narrow silos and treading water while the oceans literally and figuratively continue to rise around us. We stepped outside of our particular areas of advocacy, connected our struggles, and forged a collective effort to take action together this spring and beyond. The rallying cry was that the time has arrived to join hands and change course.
Culture has been described as the social programming of minds. Recent collective and global transformative events have expanded participation in public and cultural activities to include interactions among individuals, non-profit organizations, corporations and many other entities. Many are calling this phenomenon international cultural engagement. Culture has always been present in international relations. Reciprocal gifts between […]
Do you live in a developed nation or a developing nation? If your nation has an extensive system of roads, rail and airports, if it is fully electrified, if it is mostly urban and suburban, if modern medicine is widespread, if literacy and education are near-universal, if most people are connected to the Internet, and […]
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