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This is the New Training Ground for Climate Activists

Student organizers on college and university campuses have begun pushing—hard—for institutional endowments and other funds to be stripped clean of investments that support the fossil fuel industry. Today, a movement that began in the United States is finding global reach. The effort also has moved beyond higher education to challenge other institutions to consider their …...

Why We Must Talk About Population

A Response to David Roberts’ Self-Censorship on Overpopulation Reading David Roberts’ recent explanation of why he never writes on overpopulation, I felt compelled to reply. While Roberts made a set of superficially convincing arguments, ultimately he’s wrong not to focus directly on the population pressures we’re facing. Not confronting population head-on is like … Continue …...

Talking with David Sobel about the Future of Nature Preschools

Yesterday I asked childhood and nature expert and author of Chapter 2 of EarthEd a series of questions about getting children into nature and particularly on the value and future of nature preschools. As a father of a 5-year old, getting myself and my son into nature frequently is paramount—as is developing his relationship … …...

Can the Circular Economy Really Make the World More Sustainable?

Imagine that 100 percent of the recyclable materials that are currently headed for landfills are captured and re-processed into new products. This dreamy vision of the future is often referred to as “the circular economy,” and we aren’t there yet. Today, most countries with robust recycling programs have reached only around a 30 percent recycling …...

Preschool in the Forest

Children at Cedarsong Nature School spend their first school years – rain, shine, and snow – in five acres of Washington State forest. For four hours a day, a group of preschool children and their teachers in Washington State head into a forest. Rain, snow, or shine, the children are free to run, play, climb, … Continue...