Tagged with environment

09-21-14: The People’s Barbaric Yawp

09-21-14: The People’s Barbaric Yawp

With marching bands and costumed bicyclists and a 30-foot papier mache figure representing Mother Earth, the People’s Climate March felt as exuberant as a parade at times. Yet the 400,000 of us who gathered in New York City on September 21 were on a very serious mission: tell the world leaders gathering for the UN … Continue reading

Nature’s Plain Language

Nature’s Plain Language

In this guest post, award-winning visual artist and author Jennifer O’Neill Pickering explores changing patterns in nature. Her writing is featured on Restore/Restory: a People’s History of the Cache Creek Nature Preserve. Her poem “I Am the Creek” was selected for the Sacramento site-specific sculpture, “Open Circle”. She blogs at Jennifer’s Art and Words. Madonna and Child This morning … Continue reading

Dr. King and the Power of Fierce Compassion

Dr. King and the Power of Fierce Compassion

When I think about the climate crisis, and the movement experiencing successes and setbacks in an attempt to rally the world to do something about it, I find myself thinking about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many scholars acknowledge that King and other civil rights leaders who supported the sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis in … Continue reading

All You Climate Change People

All You Climate Change People

While debate moderators may not have seen fit to ask the presidential candidates how they’ll deal with climate change, Hurricane Sandy, which has already killed 69 people in the Carribean at the time of writing, will give them another chance. I doubt they’ll take it, just as George Bush refused to seize the opportunity after Hurricane Katrina, … Continue reading

BK and the Beasts: The Compassion of Conservation

BK and the Beasts: The Compassion of Conservation

Sometimes, when the world gets to be too much, you just want to lie on your back on the shady grass and read the literary equivalent of fluffernutter sandwich. Or you want to pay to sit for two hours in an air-conditioned theatre and be engulfed in pleasant fantasy. When you emerge, the world is … Continue reading