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Sustainability

Discussions and debates on the issue of our environmental future often generate more heat than light. We tend to be polarized into camps when such discussions take place. Some have their eyes only on climate change, others on population control. Still others swear that new technologies will save our planet from its current path toward […] Read More

I’ve failed, I’ve been challenged and I’ve been encouraged by the amazing changes happening around me during my internship at Tearfund. I have to admit, before Tearfund I didn’t realize that we are living outside our limits, exploiting our planet through systems that put profits before people. We champion cheap energy before thinking about climate […] Read More

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Grace Ji-Sun Kim’s book “Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit.” Another excerpt appeared previously. Contrary to our personal belief, it appears that money has little effect on happiness. Rather, conspicuous consumption is causing stress on humankind and on nature. It is causing imbalances that amount to injustice. […] Read More

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Grace Ji-Sun Kim’s book “Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit.” We live in a global economy where we affect people in poor lands as directly as we affect the poor within our own country, and we are unaware of our culpability. Decent, fair-minded persons like us benefit […] Read More

Sustainability is a word that has been so abused it has almost lost all meaning. Like “green,” “organic,” “natural” or “eco-,” sustainable is appended to many terms โ€“ “sustainable growth,” “sustainable development,” “sustainable design,” “sustainable travel” or even “sustainable style.” This is unfortunate, as this word is desperately needed if we hope to have a […] Read More

The Carnival cruise ship Triumph made headlines in February when it lost power. After four days of misery, it was towed into Mobile, Ala. There were more than 4,000 people on board who had no showers, no modern sanitation, no air conditioning, and makeshift food and sleeping arrangements. Many on board were terrified and horrified […] Read More

My friend, Ruth Valerio, has a typically thoughtful and well-written blog post up about the need for adaptive theologies in the face of our changing climate, to which she drew my attention when we were talking about something else. (If you don’t follow Ruth’s blog, you should; she offers intelligent and important comment, and also […] Read More

Hurricane Sandy was worse than anyone had imagined it to be. I have seen countless horrible images of mayhem. I can barely believe the reports. I cannot believe that some homes were burned down while others were buried under sand and water. Countless lives were shattered by just one storm. I keep viewing the pictures […] Read More

Four major British denominations have warned that the government’s draft energy bill would set the United Kingdom up for failure on carbon targets. The Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the Quakers in Britain and the United Reformed Church have warned that, in its current form, the bill undermines the government’s commitment to […] Read More

Sustainability has become one of the most important issues in our time, and in a hundred years, it may be the single most important issue. We have heard that if we do not sustain our resources, we are on the road to destruction. On this issue, Winona LaDuke, a noted activist, author and founder and […] Read More