Mar. 17, 2017
The power of sustainable materialism
Environmental activism has shifted away from the notion of post-materialism, the idea where people will inherently impact the environment less as their basic needs are met, to that of sustainable materialism.
Mar. 10, 2017
Unless you’ve spent your whole life living on the International Space Station, you probably know that cars emit toxic gases.
Mar. 3, 2017
It’s up to us to save the environment
A few weeks ago, I went to a beach near my home in New Jersey where I spent many days of my childhood. My parents would take my brother and I weekly; we would run through the water, play in the sand and search for seashells. I went back to the beach for old times’ sake and when I got there, I was completely shocked. I found bottle caps nestled between shells and plastic bags floating on top of the water.
May. 24, 2013
Climate change: the great betrayal
A recent headline in The New York Times announced a grim but inevitable marker: The concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere has now reached 400 parts per million. Climatologists believe this is the highest concentration seen in 3 million years, since before the existence of humans. There is no credible reason to doubt that this increase has been largely, if not almost wholly, the result of carbon emissions since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. In other words, we are well on our way to producing a climate that human life has never dealt with before and that, by the end of the present century, may well have foreclosed the climatic conditions under whose relatively benign aegis human civilization emerged. This is a gamble in which the stakes are frighteningly high and the odds grow more dubious with each passing day of business as usual.
May. 10, 2013
EnviroWeekly | Water: a resource in serious danger
I bought seven brands of bottled water yesterday. I got the good stuff, waters from around the world. I am fascinated by regional-specific goods, especially foods. When these products come directly from the earth, I am even more interested. Location-specific waters, which most of these are, are luxury items for sure. Some of these waters are from islands, and others come from remote areas of Europe. They are expensive … and I’m not even talking about money.