cleat sunrise
Climate Change Climate Local Now Column

Climate Local Now: A Good News Round-Up — Smile and Take Action

Ready for some January good news?  Some of our favorite sources are The Optimist Daily newsletter, and the “Good News” section of the weekly Climate Change Resources newsletter, offering free doses of positivity.   Health is Wealth The above is one of my mother’s favorite expressions. Another: The best things in life are free. She lived to 86, attributing her good health to finding reasons to smile. The Optimist Daily shares Sweden’s Säg hej! (say hello!) campaign, spreading warmth
Dave Davis
Column Dave's Desk@Ditch

Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Cultivating Our Inner Landscape

This time of year, with daylight hours rapidly dwindling and the temperature dropping, there’s a good chance that many folks may be hunkering down indoors for a bit; a “contemplative hibernation” if you will. This seasonal pause allows us more time to reflect upon what we’ve chosen to leave behind from the previous year, and more importantly, how best we might grow from those experiences. In essence, we’re tending to
furoshiki gift wrap
Climate Change Climate Local Now Column

Climate Local Now: A Guide to Green Gifts for the Holidays

by Mary Morgan As the holiday season approaches, why not spark a smile from family and friends with something eco-friendly, showing you care about them, and the planet?  Call it cool, environmentally-conscious or low carbon, just go green!   My Green Gift Criteria What makes a green gift? I use three science-based criteria as my guide:  1. Eliminate waste and pollution.  That means choosing ingredients, materials and packaging with low or
Dave Davis
Column Dave's Desk@Ditch

Dave’s Desk@ Ditch: To Just Be Present

“We human beings all think there is something to accomplish, something to realize, some place we have to get to. And this very illusion, which is born out of having a human mind, is the problem.”  This is a passage from the classic book by American Zen teacher Charlotte Jocko Beck titled “Everyday Zen: Love and Work.” It’s one of several publications I’ve come to rely upon over the years,
seed heads
Climate Change Climate Local Now Column Top Stories

Climate Local Now: Walking Through Nature’s Miracles

By Leonard Green We live on an island in an age of rising seas and hotter and wetter weather. Earlier this season, there was a rare Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. The consequences of accelerated climate change are here. And they are just beginning. Yet, on my daily walk down to Gardiner’s Bay, I am struck by how little we seem to value the natural systems that maintain a
Drawdown
Climate Change Climate Local Now Column

Climate Local Now: The Balancing Act

By Mark Haubner Language Matters Say my health insurance company called and wanted to talk about my latest ‘visit’ to the hospital. If you go to the lobby and get a little sticky paper with your name on it to wear on your shirt for two hours while you comfort a friend on the third floor, that’s a ‘visit.’ You leave when you want. If your name goes on a
Dave Davis
Column Dave's Desk@Ditch

Dave’s Desk@Ditch: It’s a Matter of Trust

“Social Trust is the confidence that other people will do what they ought to do most of the time. Social trust is a generalized faith in the people of your community. It consists of smaller faiths. It begins with the assumption that we are interdependent, our destinies linked. It continues with the assumption that we share the same moral values. We share a sense of what is the right thing
Dave Davis
Column Dave's Desk@Ditch

Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Addressing the Values-Action Gap

One thing that I’ve noticed lately, and maybe it has something to do with the topics being discussed recently amongst several of my former colleagues, is that there appears to be a real disconnect between what many folks say is important to them, and what behaviors they are exhibiting or what’s commonly referred to as the “value-action gap.”  A prime example might be a person who claims that they are
Dave Davis
Column Dave's Desk@Ditch

Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Generosity: A Macro Approach

While speaking with a former colleague of mine last week, our conversation covered many interesting topics of which one in particular, “generosity,” really peaked my interest; mainly because it triggered something that’s been on my radar long before I retired from teaching this past year. I shared with her that I’ve begun the process of researching possible destinations abroad where I hope to volunteer my time and effort this coming
Dave Davis
Column Dave's Desk@Ditch

Dave’s Desk@Ditch: Taking a Step Back

I’m not quite sure of the reason I’m doing so, but I’ve been taking a step back a lot lately and simply observing others as they go about their business. It seems to be one of those things that’s necessary at this moment in time. It allows me to “take the pulse of my surroundings,” if you will, without thinking too much about it — not engaging anyone in conversation,
climate action now
Climate Change Climate Local Now Column

Climate Local Now: Seven Apps for Sustainable Living

by Brianne Briggmann Are you using your smartphone to reduce your carbon footprint?  If not, it’s time to take out your device and open up the App Store. There are so many apps out there to help you lower your footprint by acting locally or engaging globally. With a little help from your smart device, you can easily do your part to get involved in climate action and promote a