“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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Western dualism pollutants

“All of our lenses have various perspectival tints, but Western worldviews seem to have several in common, including the foundational influence of Platonic dualism, inherited from the Greeks. This particular influence absolutizes the realm of the abstract (spirit, soul, mind) and reduces the importance of the concrete realm (earth, body, material), disengaging them from one another. In dualistic thinking, we Continue Reading

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SCIENCE can’t , but SCIENTISTS can

More thoughts on “We scientists don’t know how to do that” quote (see https://www.facebook.com/groups/progressivemethodists/permalink/1644595002310632/ ) Many are sharing this and commenting on its profundity. I agree that it is a profound statement. I have also seen it pressed into service of lobbying against actual efforts to address Climate Change. I first noticed this at the 2016 General Conference, where this graphic quote Continue Reading

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On expecting every treatment of the Eco-Crisis to cover everything at once

I understand, and even agree wholeheartedly, with the following, with a few reservations about the critique: “ ‘Our Planet’ talks about climate change without ever mentioning the industrial activity that’s led to it. The on-screen solutions are big picture conservation ones like protecting more of the oceans, which we should do, but neither the show nor the website explain how Continue Reading

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Another reminder / recommendation of a great TV presentation on the Climate Crisis (PBS/Nova)

Seems a good time for another reminder/recommendation of the PBS Nova episode, rich with information and explanation/exploration of important science information about this ecological situation in which we find ourselves. There’s so much disinformation being accepted which causes a very dangerous dismissal of the urgency of this, or even its existence.  Decoding the Weather Machine | Season 45 Episode 7 Continue Reading

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The Prodigal Species

I posted this share of a great blog post sent around by Leah Jacobs Schade last week, and I was just re-pondering it a few minutes ago, and posting it to group that I’ve been attempting to “evangelize” for the better part of the past year, since March of 2018 (this is a group that is mostly very conservative United Methodists. I have Continue Reading

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‘We Are All Trump’ as we feed into the ecological devastation

I offered up this comment on this insightful and well-written blog post by Chris Kratzer: Thank you for this, Chris. Very well said. I would offer up this “verse” to your “we are Trump” litany: Every time we participate in our civilization’s devastation of the earth in the course of living in this out of control ecological ticking time bomb, and Continue Reading

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We started to know as far back as 200 years ago about what was happening

Even further back than the 50’s (we knew this because video existed from the TV Science lesson that was then broadcast….see it at this link on YouTube: ). Now this, from 1912. I expect that there was a flurry of research that transpired after that study in 1912 (and which was probably and “skillfully” kept under wraps by the rapidly Continue Reading

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