Take the next exit: Avoid an economic traffic jam
When it comes to economic growth, the express lanes are closed.
You've probably heard friends complain about tie-ups in Los Angeles or Chicago or New York that transform already long commutes into sweaty practice runs for purgatory. But nothing compares to what motorists recently endured on a roadway heading into Beijing in August's mother-of-all traffic jams: an 11-day, diesel-clouded snarl, stretching more than 62 miles and entrapping thousands of trucks and motorists trying in vain to snail into China's capital city.
Problem children: Making trouble for Mother Earth
Mother Earth can’t take much more of her human offspring’s hell-raising.
Scientists tell us that, by their count, the universe is somewhere between 13 and 14 billion years old, with the earth coming in at somewhere between 5 and 6 billion. According to traditional Jewish reckoning, on the other hand, creation is celebrating a much more modest 5,771 years this September 9.
Working for the common grid
Reducing our collective carbon footprint can be as easy as plugging in.
In the old days all the cool guys and gals who wanted to show up “the man” devoted a lot of their creative geekiness to figuring out ways to get “off the grid,” devising Rube Goldberg-ish mechanicals and homemade micro-tech geared to living outside the nation’s energy infrastructure. It was laudable self-reliance—sometimes run amok—but it belongs to another age.
Our Lady of Waste Management: Parish-based environmentalism
Parishes are finding that reducing their carbon footprint is not only an environmental issue but a spiritual one, too.
Parishioners at Mary Immaculate Church in East Los Angeles meet monthly in convivencias, or town hall meetings, to discuss parish initiatives. Last autumn, when they learned that 38 million water bottles annually are sent to U.S. landfills, their vote on what the parish should do wasn't even close. Plastic water bottles are now banned from the campus.
Why should parishes go green?
Five reasons Catholic communities should care about cleaning up the environment.
1. You don't have to believe in climate change to believe in its solution. Energy conservation and alternative energy use mean healthier children, improved national security, and lower heating and cooling bills for families and parishes. It's a "no regrets" strategy.
Religious by nature: An interview with Keith Warner, OFM on the environment
A Franciscan environmental activist recycles some ancient traditions for modern use.
Hundreds of years before the environmental movement, St. Francis of Assisi recognized God in creation and changed his life. Today one of his spiritual sons, Keith Douglass Warner, O.F.M., is encouraging Catholics to do the same.
Derek Eisel: Protecting the environment
Growing up in northern Virginia, Derek Eisel had a front-row seat to a changing world.
He watched forests cut down and bucolic pasture land paved over into suburbs. He was told it was "progress," but he wasn't buying it.
The effect it had on a young Eisel changed the course of his life. He believes watching nature disappear is when the seeds of his environmental activism were planted.
"It bothered me then, and it bothers me now," says Eisel, 36, a Seattle software manager developer.
This land is our land: National parks protect God's creation for all
Would you like a demonstration of the Catholic belief that everyone has a right to the beauty of God's creation? Visit a national park.
This October millions of Americans took a stay-cation by watching Ken Burns' gorgeous new film The National Parks: America's Best Idea, enjoying a 12-hour pilgrimage through some of the most beautiful places in the United States, perhaps on the planet.
When enough is enough
Why a future of endless economic growth is not the cure for what ails the earth.
After wandering around an academic wilderness for 30 or so years, a fella might be forgiven for indulging in a little schadenfreude before the spectacle of the West’s recent mind-bending fall from grace. But University of Maryland professor Herman Daly, a veritable John the Baptist of alt-economics, has a little trouble savoring the sudden relevance of his long-neglected theories of sustainable economics.
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