Opinion

Commission sued over power abuse

04/11/2013
This week the Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture and I filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission on behalf of Drake’s Bay Oyster Company for actions that conform neither to the provisions of the 1976 California Coastal Act nor

Bay Delta Plan would spell end of ecosystem

04/11/2013
The administration of Governor Jerry Brown has constantly touted the Bay Delta Conservation Plan to build the peripheral tunnels as a visionary, ambitious project to accomplish the “co-equal goals” of ecosystem restoration and water supply reliability, while tunnel opponents say the project will lead to the death of the Sacramento-San...

Resisting ecocide

04/04/2013
Last week’s letters by Chet Seligman and Richard Kirschman challenged my suggestion that nonviolent protest and civil disobedience may not be enough to reverse the tide of global devastation. Any talk of possible violence, hitting close to home, will make people uncomfortable, and I welcome the pushback. My goal is...

New Pope, old Church

04/04/2013
The unexpected and unusual resignation of Pope Benedict XVI last February shook the solid and stagnant foundations of the Catholic Church, the only contemporary institution with medieval roots. The Church has a vertical power system that excludes women and the faithful, whom it sees as sheep that must be led,...

Living with wilderness: Nature, food and us

03/28/2013
This year’s Geography of Hope conference was a celebration of the life of Aldo Leopold, best known for a slim volume, A Sand County Almanac, first published in 1949. In the introductory talk, poet Robert Haas recited a Japanese haiku—“Lighting one candle/ With another candle/ An evening of spring”—that became...

Papa nuevo, Iglesia vieja

03/27/2013
La inesperada e inusual renuncia del Papa Benedicto XVI el pasado febrero, removió los duros y anquilosados cimientos de la Iglesia católica, la única institución contemporánea con remanentes medievales, con un sistema de poder vertical que excluye a las mujeres y a sus fieles, a quienes ve como ovejas a...

What will it take

03/21/2013
When most people ask, “How can we stop global warming?” they are really asking, “How can we stop global warming without significantly changing our lifestyle?” The answer is that we can’t. The urgency of the ecological crises and capitalist forces destroying our planet make finding an effective and timely path...

One hundred days of the new government in Mexico

03/21/2013
In Mexico, as in other countries, the first 100 days of a new government are considered to be the “honeymoon” period and an indication of what to expect from that government. From the euphoria surrounding Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which was removed from power in...

Doom and bloom

02/14/2013
As environmental destruction escalates, hundreds of species extinctions occur each day. The senselessness of it infuriates me, yet our cultural norm marginalizes most talk about it as “doom and gloom.” Magical thinking, and a belief in “markets” above all, passes for sane and constructive discourse. Humanity has never witnessed the...

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