December 19, 2011
Christmas spirit Re "Away with the manger?," Dec. 15 As a confirmed agnostic and active humanist, I am angered and perplexed by the actions of the "devout" atheists who have dominated the creche displays in Santa Monica. I am angered because such disregard for the demonstration of deeply held beliefs by any religious group is inappropriate, and perplexed because it is ultimately counterproductive to efforts by atheists and agnostics to help those who are beginning to question their long-held beliefs to feel comfortable coming to the realization that there is another option.
December 17, 2011
Bill McKibben's Dec. 14 Op-Ed article decrying the influence of corporate money in Washington vis a vis the political battle over building the Keystone XL pipeline prompted several readers to say McKibben unfairly targeted those politicians who take the side of industry. One letter writer quipped that McKibben "writes an entire Op-Ed article about the corrupting influence of money in politics and never mentions the word 'union' once. " Reader Robert Helbing of Monrovia said big money influences all sides of a debate, including McKibben's own environmental activism: "Bill McKibben complains that oil company donations affect the votes of Republicans in Washington.
October 8, 2010 |
"Dear World," begins an open letter from environmentalist Bill McKibben that's posted on climate crisis website 350.org . In it, he proposes a response to what he calls "a tough year" marked by unprecedented rates of glacial retreat in the Arctic, devastating erosion in Latin America, record-breaking temperatures globally ? and an almost complete failure to do anything about it. His suggestion? Throw a party. "Circle 10/10/10 on your calendar," reads the invitation. "That's the date.
October 11, 2009 |
Whole Green Catalog 1,000 Best Things for You and the Earth Edited Michael W. Robbins Foreword by Bill McKibben Introduction by Renee Loux Rodale: 390 pp., $29.99 It's about time. Modeled on the "Whole Earth Catalog," this compendium of products, easy on the Earth, ranges from kitchenware to cars to pet food. Lush and stylish, the book lists everything you need to make you want to go off-grid: sustainable skateboards, products to help you recycle, appliances, biofuel and cashmere.
May 17, 2008
Re "Civilization's last chance," Opinion, May 11 Scientists estimate that the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old. During that time, the Earth has undergone vast, monumental and violent geologic, tectonic, volcanic and climatic changes. The planet has cooled and warmed, ice ages have come and gone, and natural marvels such as the Grand Canyon and Yosemite Valley were left behind. Entire species have been wiped out, and we don't even know why. In contrast, human beings as we know them have existed for about 200,000 years, and they've been industrialized for a few centuries, a mere blink of an eye compared with the age of the Earth.
March 11, 2007 |
"DEEP ECONOMY" is a riff on "deep ecology," a philosophical and scientific perspective that views humankind as but one species in the grand web of life. Ecology, of course, refers to the intricate pattern of relations between living entities and their environment. We most often use the word "economy" to refer to "the structure of economic life," to quote Webster's. But economy derives from the Greek word oikonomia, which translates as "household manager."