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Autumn 2011

volume 26 no 3
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From the Editor

I’ve always loved the fact that the word “inspiration” comes from the Latin spirare, to breathe. And breathing, in Latin, shares the same root as spiritus – spirit. The yogic wisdom embedded in that etymology has often been a kind of comfort. I like the idea that inspiration – to infuse with spirit – means breathing life into something.

Finding inspiration has been difficult for environmentalists in this season of diminished expectations. So the story of Tim DeChristopher has been especially welcome. DeChristopher’s powerful example of conviction has breathed new life into …more


Down in the Dark
Accompanying a Colombian Miner on His First Trip Underground Since an Accident Killed His Brother
Ready or Not
Even if We Stopped Burning All Fossil Fuels Today, We are Locked into Some Climate Changes. Time to Get Prepared
The Pursuit of Happiness
A New Measure of Societal Progress Can Help Save the Planet – and Us
Earth Island Reports: Children in Nature Collaborative
New Project Gets Kids Out to Play
Dispatches: Do Trees Grow on Money?
A UN-Backed Plan to Address Climate Change by Slowing Deforestation Sounds Like a Good Idea. Unless You Live in the Forest.
1,000 Words: Half-life
Jim Krantz
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Dispatches: Dam Bad
Laos’ Plans to Dam the Mekong Could Open the Floodgates to Further Dams on the River
Dispatches: Extinction is Forever
A Quest for the Last Known Survivors
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+/-: Making Change? Or Selling Out?
Is Eco-Retail for Real?
+/-: Consume Less – and Consume Better
+/-: Can’t Buy Me Change
Conversation: Kieran Suckling
In Review: Look on the Bright Side
The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring on the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World
by Paul Gilding
Bloomsbury Press, 2011, 304 pages
In Review: Capital Offense
The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth
By John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York
Monthly Review Press, 2010, 544 pages
In Review: Not a Matter of Taste
Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit
By Barry Estabrook
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2011, 240 pages
In Review: Clenched Fists, Pointed Fingers
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Written and Directed by Marshall Curry, 85 min.
Voices: Getting Out
Alex Johnson



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