The Environment: Not what is, but what is experienced

Language is not always fossil poetry, no matter what Ralph Waldo Emerson says. Sometimes a word is just a catchall for what we cannot better express; "a place-holder," as they say in drama. For example: "environmental." This is a word I think even more hated within the movement than without. So it's worth noting when aContinue reading “The Environment: Not what is, but what is experienced”

Environment gets 1.5% of news coverage in 2009

That's according to the Pew Center for Excellence in Journalism:    Global warming gets most of the press that goes to the environment. (When was the last time you saw a headline that mentioned habitat?) But all the environmental news put together adds up to only about 1.5% of the total news in 2009.  ToContinue reading “Environment gets 1.5% of news coverage in 2009”

We Did Not Come Here to Fear the Future

The conclusion of a great speech last night by some guy named Barack:  I understand that the politically safe move would be to kick the can further down the road — to defer reform one more year, or one more election, or one more term. But that is not what the moment calls for. That'sContinue reading “We Did Not Come Here to Fear the Future”

Sex is the Environment (sez Wallace Shawn)

Wallace Shawn, as Wikipedia notes, is considered by the world to be a comic actor. But read the essays of Wallace Shawn (son of the famous New Yorker editor), or see his plays, and you will quickly realize that this man, ordinary looking though he may be is, is as he was described in ManhattanContinue reading “Sex is the Environment (sez Wallace Shawn)”

On Climate: “The Expert is Scared”

From the Aspen Environment Forum: “Maybe that’s the narrative: The expert is scared.” —Robert Socolow, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Co-Principal Investigator, Princeton University’s Carbon Mitigation Initiative Note that Socolow in the climate/energy field is considered something of a hopeful moderate. Probably should have attended this conference. List of speakers, beginning with Lisa Jackson,Continue reading “On Climate: “The Expert is Scared””