Environment

  • The Dalai Lama and the BP Oil Spill

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    Planet Green published an article yesterday entitled, “How Heeding the Dalai Lama’s Advice Could Have Prevented the BP Oil Spill.” Using a statement about interconnectedness on the Dalai Lama’s Facebook page as a launch pad, Matt McDermott considers what a broader sense of self might do to our environmental impact. More »
  • The World Without Us Paid Member

    I came across an Elephant Journal tweet that took me to this, by Jay Winston: Hell, pumping every kind of toxin into our ground, air, and water while carelessly wasting every natural resource we can find is perhaps the single most defining characteristic of human society. Nonetheless, in big-picture terms, our total effect on Mother Earth really hasn’t amounted to anything more serious than a bad case of planetary eczema or psoriasis. And, the way things are going, we won’t be bothering her for long. More »
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    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Paid Member

    It's spring and I'm trying to grow growing tomatoes on my balcony. Here's a picture of the plant: More »
  • China plans world's largest dam on Tibet's last great undammed river Paid Member

    Chinese engineers recently proposed a plan for the world's largest hydroelectric dam on the Tsangpo-Brahmaputra, considered Tibet's last great undammed river. Tibet's river systems water much of China itself, as well as south and southeast Asia, and India has raised concerns that Beijing will try and divert water away from south Asia, but this concern is probably far-fetched. More »
  • The Way of the Green Bodhisattva: Patience Paid Member

    Clark Strand discovered—or re-discovered—the practice of Green Meditation during a long bout of sleep trouble he experienced a few years ago. Looking for reasons why he was having such trouble sleeping through the night, he realized something much deeper and more important: Our relationship to the dark, and to nature itself, is completely out of whack. What Clark was experiencing was not a sickness, but rather a kind of cure for modernity, where our lives are run by clocks and high-wattage bulbs, instead of the cycles of light and dark in nature that guided our ancestors. More »
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    Shall we offer flowers? Paid Member

    Hearing a poet read his own work adds new dimension to a piece of writing as it allows us to listen to the words and pace of the poem the way the author meant for it to be heard. Such is the case with Andrew Schelling's poem "Shall We Offer Flowers?" which was featured as the dedication of merit in the summer issue of Tricycle. Now, hear Schelling---a poet, essayist, and translator---read his previously unpublished poem "Shall we offer flowers?" aloud. You can listen to it here. More »