Environment

Eco-Spirituality

Nature Has a Mind of Its Own

What’s the greatest mystery facing every person on the planet? Ultimately, it’s some version of the age-old “Where do I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?” So far, no one has a satisfactory explanation for the existence of nonphysical minds in this otherwise physical universe.
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Eco-Spirituality

The Presence of Living Organisms

It is possible that the plant as a living and vital presence responds to the warmth and radiance of the sunlight and turns toward it responsively. This interpretation, which I favor, understands the plant as a spiritual-material unity rather than reducing the plant to the materialist dimension that is visible to the detached, scientific eye.
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Environment

The Secret Life of Plants

Is there a spiritual dimension to the story of the universe that biological evolution tells?
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Environmental Activism

Yankee Doodle Faced Big Oil

The human race — not for the first time in our history — has lost the sacred sense of self-restraint. We don’t restrain ourselves. And what’s the result? The earth will give forth thorns and thistles, not abundance, and you will have to work with the sweat pouring down your faces to get just barely enough to eat.
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Food/Hunger

The Race to Save Civilization

If we look at early civilizations that declined and collapsed, more often than not it was a shortage of food that brought them down. Until recently I had rejected the idea that food could be the weak link in our modern civilization; I now think it probably is.
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Climate Change

What It Will Take to Return the Globe to 350

As much as I love the Network of Spiritual Progressives, I am not sure how much of a progressive I am. Seems to me that I spend almost all my time trying to keep things from changing, that in some deep sense I am a conservative—conserving the earth!
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Toxic Environments

OYL! Corruption, the Spirit, the Earth, and Us

This is not an oil “spill” we are facing, the way water might spill from a dish or oil from a tanker—a finite amount in the first place, and then we clean up. This is more like piercing a hole into the Caverns of Hell, so that they pour forth without limit.
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Eco-Spirituality

Spirituality in a Time of Crisis

It’s not self-sacrifice but liberation that the Tao and all deep spiritual wisdom offer us.
Facing climate change, we must free ourselves or collapse.
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Environment

How Much Change Will the Earth Require of Us?

We will be so much better off psychologically when we give up our dreams of mastery
and come back to living within nature.
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Environmental Activism

Naturalism as Mastery?

Traditional environmentalists’ “humility” is overrated: we have all too often made the world’s
poor and powerless pay for our environmental progress.
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Climate Change

Humility in a Climate Age

Can the ambitious new environmental geo-engineering be suffused with a humble
awareness of our place within nature’s complexity?
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Environment

Introduction to Special Section

For the scientifically well-informed, there’s a seriously bleak quality in the air around global warming and other environmental threats. To avert the multiple foreseen catastrophes will require heroic measures. But which measures have a chance of working?
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Food/Hunger

Conversation on Vegetarianism

An exchange between Tikkun reader Ruth Eisenbud and Michael Lerner, in response to Daniel Brook’s article “The Planet-Saving Mitzvah: Why Jews Should Consider Vegetarianism” in the July/August 2009 issue of Tikkun. magazine.
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Food/Hunger

The Planet-Saving Mitzvah: Why Jews Should Consider Vegetarianism

God’s original plan for how to be kosher.
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Climate Change

Carbon: Tax Not Cap-and-Trade

A May headline in the Chicago Tribune says it all: “The First Refugees of Global Warming: Bangladesh Watches in Horror as Much of the Nation Gives Way to Sea.” Each day’s news brings more reminders of the harms that global warming is already causing to people, communities, and nature throughout the world. From Hurricane Katrina and the inundation of island nations to heat waves in Europe and drought in Australia, climate change is wreaking horrific damage.
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