What is Nature Worth?

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I discovered the work of Robert Costanza that asks “What is nature worth?” Costanza attempts to put a dollar value on global ecosystem services recently while listening to a Radiolab episode called Worth. I’m not sure how I feel about this kind of work. It may benefit us in the short term to describe ecosystem services […]















I Pledge Allegiance: Krost Chapel Sermon

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Here is the sermon I gave in chapel for the Krost Symposium on Environmental Justice.















Watershed Discipleship: An Ethical/Theological Framework

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I recently made a presentation at Texas Lutheran University’s Krost Symposium on Environmental Justice with the title Watershed Discipleship: An Ethical/Theological Framework. Unfortunately the video does not include the images and graphics from the powerpoint I used which was a big part of the presentation.















The High Holy Days Approach

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Last year around the same time that our annual consumer frenzy was reaching a fever pitch I was wrapping up a series inspired by fellow Truett grad, preacher extraordinaire and soon-to-be published author, Kyndall Rae Rothaus, about the nature of our purchases and how they function in the consumer religion (Holy Purchases). I’ve just gone […]















The Economy of Smallness

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She envisions “a new economy based on smallness” made up of independent businesses and decentralized farms that work cooperatively, invest in each other, and pay attention to a triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Through her work at the Social Venture Network, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies BALLE, and other organizations, she […]















Time to Move On? The Case Against Daylight Saving Time

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Great post breaking down the nonsense known as Daylight Saving Time and why it is futile, silly and not helpful. The latest Rasmussen Report from March 2013 found that only 37 percent of Americans surveyed thought daylight saving time (DST) is “worth the hassle,” while 45 percent said it was not. Tufts University professor Michael Downing, author […]















Growing Strength to Grow Food

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“Instead of foreigners sending us food, they should give us the chance to do our own agriculture so it can survive.” So said Rony Charles, a rice grower and member of the Agricultural Producer Cooperative of Verrettes, in Haiti.Giving domestic agriculture the chance to survive would address four critical needs: 1. Creating employment for the […]