Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time. We must take urgent action to cut global emissions in half by 2030 and eliminate them by 2050. This demands the phasing out of fossil fuel emissions, along with adopting efficient, renewable energies. Achieving net-zero carbon emissions won’t be easy, but it is still possible. It will require the… Continue reading How to Take a Stand against Climate Change
The lungs of Mother Earth are burning. In addition to the Amazon in South America, many other places are burning. Since the beginning of June (the hottest June on record in the Arctic), over 100 wildfires have burned in the Arctic circle, in Greenland, Siberia and Alaska. Arctic wildfires emitted as much CO2 just in… Continue reading Let’s Get Radical
My life has radically, gradually changed in the past ten years. Radical change takes its precious time. It happens a little bit every day. I am immeasurably more free than I was a decade ago, in many aspects. I still have a lot of work to do, lifetimes of it. I used to drive a… Continue reading Please quit working for the weekend.
I had just fallen asleep when the earth shook. An 8.0 magnitude earthquake had hit the coastline of southern Mexico, and we felt it here at Lake Atitlan in Guatemalan highlands several hundred of kilometers away. My husband and I jumped out of bed, looked at each other, deer in headlights. I always think they… Continue reading Earth Heart
Over the years, I’ve become increasingly conscious of the impact of my lifestyle on the planet. Many of us have, yet we hear of the devastation of climate change, see the images of melting ice caps and dead whales with plastic-filled stomachs and are forced to wonder. Will our efforts be enough? Here in Guatemala,… Continue reading It’s Easy Being Green: 10 Powerful, Visual Reminders
My life has changed remarkably over the past seven years. Seven years ago, I lived in Austin, Texas with electricity, indoor plumbing and central air and heating. I drove a car almost every day and ate plenty of foods from bags, cans, boxes and frozen boxes—in other words, your typical middle-class American life. Then, life… Continue reading 4 Radical Ways My Family has Gone Green