Interstellar: Less Than Stellar Movie on Climate Change


As a parent of three young children I don’t often make it to the movie theater. I’m not usually aware what is even in the theaters unless it involves singing chipmunks, snow queens or talking toys. So, it was a minor miracle this weekend that I was invited to see Interstellar with some friends of […]

Data farm: MacArthur genius looks for food solutions from space


MacArthur genius using satellite data to get a space-eye view of our food system. So, for example, Lobell and his collaborators have been able to show how global warming is stunting major food crops. Depressing findings like this have a practical side: They show plant breeders and farmers the kind adaptations they need to be […]

Toward A Living Economy: From Here To There


In this series I have been considering the idea of a living economy in an article by David Korten. He points to three rules or principles from nature that would shape such an economy: 1) Cooperative Self-Organization, 2) Self-Reliant Local Adaptation and 3) Managed Boundaries. In this last post I want to explore some ideas […]

Toward a Living Economy: Cooperative Self-Organization


In the previous post I explored the inherent contradiction between the desire to protect and conserve the environment and the need for development within the current economic system based on a growth economy examining the current political situation in Bolivia as a microcosm of this tension on a macro level. At the end of that […]

Our Changing Relationship With Mother Nature


I often go on and on about our relationship to nature, but Alain de Botton touches on something in a Treehugger article that struck me. Nature doesn’t remind us that we are small, but rather provides chilling, awesome evidence of our size and strength. We glance up to the snows of Mount Kilimanjaro and think […]

Reconciling With Darwin


Stephen Jay Gould took on biological determinism, racism, scientific objectivity, scientific progress, science and religion and much more in his 1977 book Ever Since Darwin: Reflections on Natural History. The primary thrust of this book was to help us come to terms with Darwin and the implications of his ideas for our understanding of ourselves […]

Consumerism: Disease or Religion?


The book (which was originally a series on PBS) Affluenza uses the metaphor of disease to try and understand the modern world, in particular the consumerism of North American culture. Following this metaphor the book is divided into three sections: symptoms, causes and treatments. Among other things the book is a pretty amazing compilation of […]

The Ego and the Eco


The Humanure Handbook has a short-ish chapter entitled “Deep Shit” that touches on the convergence of humanure and spirituality. The author begins with a story about an invitation to speak at a convent. He was surprised that more than just composting the nuns were interested in humanure. “Somehow, I couldn’t imagine standing in a room […]

I’ll Fly Away: Conclusion


So what does all this mean about climate change, environmentalism, population growth, agriculture and all the problems that our world faces? Our trusty friend in this conversation, N.T. Wright, puts the question this way, We might begin by asking, What view of the world is sustained, even legitimized, by the Left Behind ideology? How might […]