Earth brims with life. God obviously likes life and variety of life, since he put it everywhere. Upon this blue-green jewel he put us, too, and he chose to impart himself into us. Among species we’re the ones blessed to see and appreciate his nature. But with that spark of God—that freedom to see … Continue reading Blessed and Cursed: Our Power over Nature
In a world where extinction rates are running 1,000 times the normal background rate (because of habitat destruction, pollution, and killing), Donald Trump recently weakened the Endangered Species Act.
see Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, “Trump administration to relax restrictions on methane, a powerful greenhouse gas,” Washington Post, 29 Aug 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/08/29/trump-administration-reverse-limits-methane-powerful-greenhouse-gas/
Jay Inslee and Tom Steyer, of all the presidential candidates, know the most about climate change and have the most comprehensive and detailed plans to address it--and yet neither one of them has yet been chosen to be at the CNN debate about the climate crisis (to be held 4 September). They should be on … Continue reading Inslee and Steyer, the climate change experts, not invited to the CNN Climate-Crisis Town Hall
Democratic presidential candidates will be debating what to do about the climate crisis. [Note: I’ve not yet found a time posted for when this debate occurs—MRM.] — source: Mark Preston, “10 Democratic presidential candidates will participate in CNN climate town hall,” CNN Politics, 20 Aug 2019, https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/19/politics/cnn-climate-crisis-town-hall/index.html?wpisrc=nl_energy202&wpmm=1
“Much of the planet sweltered in unprecedented heat in July, as temperatures soared to new heights in the hottest month ever recorded. The record warmth also shrank Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to historic lows." — source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 15 Aug 2019, https://www.noaa.gov/news/july-2019-was-hottest-month-on-record-for-planet
Depressed or Hopeful? Resigned or Engaged? How should we feel and how should we act regarding the climate crisis? All these qualities are part of the climate-crisis mix, and are exemplified by the experiences of three people representing different groups: Kim Cobb, climate scientist; Greta Thunberg, climate activist, and Jay Inslee, politician and person in … Continue reading CLIMATE DEPRESSION, CLIMATE HOPE