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March 14, 2017

In order to carry a positive action we must develop a positive vision. —The Dalai Lama

Last month the Carter Center held a conference on Climate and Health. This follows the remarkable report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health, released...

March 13, 2017

In the same way that the Buddha turned to Mother Earth to witness his enlightenment, we can turn to our deep connection with the earth when the demons of our minds haunt us.

"We all need to be the kind stewards that this planet needs right now while making room for all...

January 6, 2017

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
–Martin Luther King

Policies concerning climate change and ecology at the federal level are likely to be highly contentious over the next few years. During the controversies ahead, it will be easy, temp...

January 4, 2017

“To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.”  - Frantz Fanon

In my last post I wrote about how the modern West has lost its connection to the land and to nature. The challenge is to find ways to re-establish this critical relationship that we once had but los...

January 4, 2017

Winter has hit the North Dakota plains where an unprecedented gathering of Native American tribes intends to remain at Standing Rock, continuing their protest against the Dakota Access pipeline as long as needed. Those gathering there call themselves “water protectors,...

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