Roy Scranton, author of “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene”, with a snarky review of “Falter” and “Uninhabitable Earth”

I ran across this dual book review of the latest books by Bill McKibben and David Wallace-Wells, and was hit with the almost immediate level of snark and “cherry-picked” analysis (“cherry picked” in that Scranton seems to have skipped most of each book, thus failing to get how his critiques fall flat). “Indeed, there are moments when changing the stories Continue Reading

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The Principalities and Powers are finding expression IN the Trump administration

This article appeared today, on a day when the forces represented by Franklin Graham and the likes of Jerry Falwell, Jr., are calling on the people of God to “pray for the President” that he might be strengthened against his “enemies” (many of those being people rising up in defense of Creation). It’s highly ironic that Graham quotes this bit Continue Reading

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The Road Must Travelled

I drew up this diagram back in 2016, when I was pondering the Presidential race in the backdrop of the growing Ecological Crisis (but I edited it to replace “Clinton” with “Gradualist” (which is the kind of Democrat who doesn’t really believe in a Green New Deal level approach): A key for my terrible scribbling as I “drew” this up:Starting Continue Reading

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Facing our future with a dose of cold hard reality

“The planet on which our civilization evolved no longer exists. The stability that produced that civilization has vanished; epic changes have begun. We may, with commitment and luck, yet be able to maintain a planet that will sustain some kind of civilization, but it won’t be the same planet, and hence it can’t be the same civilization. The earth that Continue Reading

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Global warming may be twice as bad as previously expected

This was posted to a blog 10 years ago, and I ran across it in McKibben’s Eaarth ( footnote 69, p. 27) , which I am re-reading. Couldn’t find it anywhere else (even on USA Today website). https://environmentalsupport.blogspot.com/2009/06/global-warming-may-be-twice-as-bad-as.html Global warming may be twice as bad as previously expected Global warming will be twice as severe as previous estimates indicate, according Continue Reading

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Learning an “Eco Lingo”; how do we become fluent in EcoTheology?

For almost 5 years, I’ve noticed a distinct lack of “comfort” in being able to respond to news such as the Ecological Crisis. The list of other issues that Progressives are very willing to discuss (and I am also), racism, immigration, abortion, Islamaphobia, War and Peace, The Christian Right’s capitulation to the American Empire…all of these things are undoubtedly urgent Continue Reading

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Watching our language in reference to the Ecological Crisis

My friend Tim Gossett tagged me yesterday re: an article in the Guardian on “language usage about the environment”with this:“You have some new phases to add to your vocabulary, Dale Lature “ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/17/why-the-guardian-is-changing-the-language-it-uses-about-the-environment I replied, which resulted in several comments , which I will post this morning as comments (as often happens in comments as people interact with me on Continue Reading

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The “soft denial” argument

The typical “soft denial” argument: “You do know nothing gets accomplished in politics without compromise? What’s more important: your ideology, or actually doing something?” Me: Ecology doesn’t run on polls; it doesn’t “take into account” what we think. It merely deals with the balances or lack of it. We need to face up to that, and “adapt” (which means to Continue Reading

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Drawdown Conference , Fayetteville , AR , April 27, 2019

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“Taking without asking”: the experience of Native Americans of the invasion of Euro-settlers

Dances With Wolves, which I watched in segments over the past week, is like a parable for the ecological damage done to the world. It was more than a parable to the Native Americans who experienced it directly, in many cases all the way to their own premature deaths. When they spoke of “the white men coming” in the film, Continue Reading

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