Cassandra: Thoughts on Climate and Credulity from a Hong Kong Activist

Pictured above: Michael Lai, a Hong Kong activist with 350.org, in front of the famous Star Ferry  Activists often struggle at the borders of hope and despair, fraught by the seeming indifference of the public and the necessary limitations of pragmatism. Here, Michael Lai, a Hong Kong activist currently involved with the local 350.org chapter, weaves together stories … Continue reading Cassandra: Thoughts on Climate and Credulity from a Hong Kong Activist

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…

An Ecomodernist Manifesto, and a Reply More Grounded in Reality

The manifesto itself can be found here. More reality-based and coherent, a reply from the founder of Make Wealth History, Jeremy Williams, is here. Main points from the reply: “There’s a lot to like in their vision. They rightly point out how far we’ve come, and how many of the fears of previous generations of environmentalists … Continue reading An Ecomodernist Manifesto, and a Reply More Grounded in Reality

WEEKLY POST: Reaganomics and Injustice in the Light of Baltimore

Note: If you haven’t yet tried to understand the perspectives of Baltimoreans who are not white and upper-middle class, please do that. Then I’ll try to contribute to an understanding of America, Reaganomics, and Injustice, based on my reading of Gustave Speth’s America the Possible. It’s a lotta text today, but please stick with me ’cause I’ve got something … Continue reading WEEKLY POST: Reaganomics and Injustice in the Light of Baltimore

Climate Story #2: Health and Environment Intertwine in Borneo

This post provided by Lauren Herbert, my dear mother, who spent the month of April working as a volunteer physician at ASRI in Borneo. Updated to reflect corrections about HIH and ASRI’s collaborative relationship and plans for the future. It is hard to make out the objects in this photo. Two children of the forest … Continue reading Climate Story #2: Health and Environment Intertwine in Borneo