Early this morning, before the neighborhood had awakened, I listened and watched, and I heard and saw your current of natural life. There was not yet a hum of traffic created by a stream of cars traveling to the Bainbridge Island ferry, nor was there yet a buzz overhead as red-eye flights arrived into Seattle … Continue reading Dear God, thank you for your nature.
God’s nature stopped me recently. I paused, looked, listened, and prayed thanks. That morning I was churning through a myriad of chores, and as I was rushing out the door to get to my tasks, having hustled through the process of showering, dressing, and eating, I stepped into the outdoors. Wow! An eagle glided by … Continue reading Stopped by God’s Nature
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/
“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
Jay Inslee is the right choice for president. Why? Résumé, Character, Vision.(To see Inslee's plans, go to https://www.jayinslee.com/issues) Jay’s résumé is strong. He’s engaged. He solves problems. Whereas many candidates talk of general approaches to climate change, he’s been working specific solutions as the governor of Washington State and as the chair of … Continue reading Vote for Jay Inslee. Vote for the future.
If you’ve not been to Seattle recently, go see the upsurge in bicycle use that protected lanes and e-bikes (in this hilly city) have accomplished. Copenhagen, Denmark remains the model for cities that have embraced the bike—over 50% of transportation to work, school, and the market (in this flat city) is by biking or walking. … Continue reading Environment positive: Protected bike and pedestrian lanes in Seattle.
“County to use 231 acres to expand Coulter Park. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission gave its blessing to the transfer of Square Lake State Park to Kitsap County on Thursday." - source: Isabella Breda, “Panel OKs land transfer to Kitsap,” Kitsap Sun, 20 July 2019, 1A. Print. e-published 19 July 2019 as … Continue reading Environment positive: Land to expand Coulter Park in Kitsap County