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IUCN: A living earth requires changes in human heart

As with the Peace & Dignity Journey that threaded its way through Texas a couple weeks back, the IUCN World Conservation Congress convened for the first 10 days of this month is an every-four-years affair. Every time the assemblage of 217 governmental agencies and over 1,000 civil society organizations from […]

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Journalists could do more to create a culture of peace

Johan Galtung We want journalists to do that, give us the state of the world, from one “trouble spot”–arenas of past-present-future violence–to the other. Not to mirror the world, but to make it more transparent.  What questions should they ask to do a good job, below the surface? For key […]

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Saving ‘natural resources’ won’t save us

For most of middle America—or most of America, actually—protests of any sort demonstrate questionable behavior. People are suddenly “out of their place,” different kinds of people, people made strange by their willingness to do unfamiliar and possibly illegal things to advance their message. They draw attention to themselves, and thereby, […]

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Lone Star Green: Global warming driving ‘neglected’ tropical diseases our way

The deadliest creatures on the planet don’t consume their prey outright. They sip them. These stealthy meals are hardly felt at all—until the itch sets in. Then you know: Mosquito. Our chronically short memories have relegated these diminutive bloodsuckers to mere “pest” status. We ignore the constant cycling of potentially […]

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Healing Depressions: Considering the Facsimiles of Possibilities

It was one of those Facebook reminders. “Three years ago today…” The time capsule I had unwittingly left myself was an enthusiastic message of wide-open spaces, creativity, optimism. It had been, I can see with even more clarity today, an unusual period of life. I had just completed several months […]

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Laboring Within a ‘World of Wounds’

One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. — Aldo Leopold I recently received a review copy of a book about the relationship between global environmental crisis and individual and societal mental health/illness. As a person both committed to living […]

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‘After Depression’ Takes on Mental Illness Stigma

“Depression advances along a million unique tracks shrouded behind a gallery of distortions,” opens ‘After Depression,’ my new book about mental illness and the burgeoning world of magnet-based brain therapies. “It sails to mind from an unfamiliar distance, picking apart confidence and undermining relationships as it weaves its way through one’s […]

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Beyond Doomsday

How environmental activism can eradicate the power of bad news Greg Harman Never before has the doomsday prophet been so closely in line with mainstream science. Every major environmental messenger these days—including virtually all scientists who study climate change—is reading from the same script. What they have to say is […]

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Note: Heal Yourself, Change The World

I’ve learned a lot in my healing walk this past year and a half, but I realize also that–since writing up the depression device trial a year ago–I’ve shared very little of it. I’m comfortable being dogmatic about the planet and our place on it, apparently, but shy about posting […]

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Climate Change: America’s Most Divisive Issue?

In US politics, global warming has grown more divisive than abortion, gun control, or the death penalty. Children in the US are traumatized by a school shooting roughly every week. Radical religion-fueled vigilantes have bombed abortion clinics and stalked and killed the doctors who perform them. But it’s not gun […]

Constance Okollet
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Lone Star Green: ‘Wise Women’ Deliver Stories From Climate Change’s Front Lines

With the release of yet another report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chronicling the dangers our planet is steaming toward, it’s easy to forget that global warming is already damaging lands and injuring people worldwide. While the human impact from the recent uptick in billion-dollar disasters in the […]

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Selfish Monologue: On Reassessing Committments & Refining Attentions

Yesterday, I sent out my fourth email newsletter since devoting myself full time to the freelance life four months ago. I wrote: Daniel Katz (right), co-founder of the Rainforest Alliance, chastised the national green groups at SXSW ECO last week for failing to network in the nation’s grassroots organizations — […]