Climate Change in West Oakland: Molly Presson

Editor’s note: This story comes to us from Molly Presson, a college classmate of mine. Molly studied Politics and Environmental Studies at Whitman College.  She currently resides in Oakland, CA. Editorial A community that experiences high levels of poverty, homelessness and joblessness also experiences unusually high levels of pollution.  West Oakland illustrates the parallel forces that … Continue reading Climate Change in West Oakland: Molly Presson

Rice Harmony: Growing an Organic CSA in the Pearl River Delta

In the eyes of its residents, Guangzhou runs different. Where the last century saw Western influence purged from the buildings of South China, Guangzhou’s opulent colonial homes and old embassies stand repurposed into businesses, restaurants and galleries. People wistfully tell of the time Cantonese was almost chosen over Beijing dialect as the basis for Mandarin. They are quick to point out … Continue reading Rice Harmony: Growing an Organic CSA in the Pearl River Delta

The Twisted, Hopeful World of Chinese Electric Vehicles

Pictured above: Me,  Li Luying (黎璐英) and Li Qiang (李强 ) , taking a break from the road near Huaihua (怀化) Three cars roll down out of the Hunan countryside, their lines bold and new. Golden hour sunlight warms three fresh coats of wax. The leader, bluebird against the unblemished white of its followers, pumps pop music out … Continue reading The Twisted, Hopeful World of Chinese Electric Vehicles

Rosaries, Small Business, and the Environment: Justine’s Story

Justine Zhang’s (张婷) workshop is well hidden. In the middle of downtown Jishou, the bustling capital of an autonomous minority prefecture in western Hunan, China, her converted garage-door storage space is tucked away in a shaded side alley. Set back from the chattering masses of vendors and pedestrians, its presence barely registers from the street. … Continue reading Rosaries, Small Business, and the Environment: Justine’s Story

The Pope’s Encyclical: Joining the Conversation

The release of Pope Francis’s encyclical (full text) on the environment, Laudato Si, has created a furor that has caught both environmental and theological circles off-guard. This sudden interest may be a sign of growing disillusionment with our globalized, consumerist lifestyle, but the pontiff also extends a direct invitation to all readers of the letter: Now, faced as we are … Continue reading The Pope’s Encyclical: Joining the Conversation

If you read one piece of climate-related reporting this month…

Make it this one: http://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/may/27/why-india-is-captured-by-carbon David Rose demystifies the seeming hypocrisy of India PM Modi’s Environmental message. As with many developing countries, enforcement of environmental protections is an open question and the obvious weak point in any potential environmental advances for India. The biologist in me is highly skeptical that covering exhausted coal mines and replanting … Continue reading If you read one piece of climate-related reporting this month…

Fast For Climate

Today I fasted for the climate. I fasted in solidarity with people who are losing their lives and livelihoods to climate change, and with those who are dedicating every ounce of themselves to fighting it. Climate change is going to bring hungry days to the world, more than we’re prepared to cope with. Most fundamentally, … Continue reading Fast For Climate