Environment

Why should we care that humans have set in motion the sixth mass extinction of species in earth’s history and a degree of climate change that risks our civilization? Rationally speaking, species come and go, including our own. Caring about the environment is a matter of the heart, about what we truly value, what is sacred to us. Tikkun holds that an environmentalism that doesn't explicitly challenge the ethos of materialism and selfishness generated by global capitalism, which leads people to consume recklessly and without regard to the consequences for the planet, will fail. A successful environmentalism must also consciously connect with and draw on the deepest wells of spirituality in our culture, our awe and wonder at the universe, and our ability to care for each other. In these articles, scientists, activists, spiritual teachers, and others cover the territory.

Most Recent Articles

Food Justice and Personal Rewilding as Social Movements
by Marc Bekoff
Social and food justice: If you truly believe in social justice you might want to rethink whom you eat In her excellent essay, Dr. Hope Ferdowsian clearly showed “Why Justice for Animals Is the Social Movement of Our Time.” Here, I want …
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Nigel Savage of Hazon on a Jewish Food Movement
by Tikkun
Nigel Savage is the founder and executive director of Hazon, one of the most significant new organizations in Jewish life in the past several decades, focused on food policy Tikkun magazine’s Sprint 2016 print edition is focused on food policy, and this article should be read in conjunction with the articles in that issue which are not primarily focused on how these issues play out in the Jewish world, but rather on the worldwide food crisis and how to solve it. Hazon is certainly part of that solution, so we are delighted to have this opportunity to present to you some of the thinking of its most visionary leader. Rather than break up the text with questions from Tikkun, we’ve mostly eliminated the questions and tried to tie together different parts of what Nigel Savage is saying to enhance the flow of the article.To get the Food Policy edition of Tikkun, subscribe at www.tikkun.org/subscribe. To get more info about Hazon, please go to www.hazon.org
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Politics & Society

Rethinking Agriculture: Protecting Biodiversity Amid Climate Chaos
by Vandana Shiva
Biodiverse systems are more resilient to climate change. As the oceans rise, we must hasten to stop the spread of monocultures and protect biodiversity.
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Climate Change

A Brief Melting Moment
by Susan Cerulean
"Look how that rock dust is basically burning into the ice, transmitting and intensifying the heat of the sun," said Jeff, leaning over my shoulder. "The huge streams of water that are pouring into the crevasses are breaking up the glacier’s underbody and lubricating its passage toward the sea." However immobile it might appear, I could now sense how that glacier was collapsing underneath itself, letting loose its thousand-year life in a muddy, rock-strewn river rushing to the Arctic Sea.
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Environment

A Real Solution to Environmental Sustainability
by Michael Lerner
As long as corporations have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize the investments of their stockholders, they have no choice but to make profits their "bottom line." But we are promoting a New Bottom Line, so that every corporation, government policy, our legal system, health care system, educational system, and every other major system is judged efficient, rational and productive to the extent that they maximize love and caring, environmental sustainability and responsibility, ethical behavior and generosity, and our capacities to respond to the Earth with radical amazement, of which we are an important part.
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Environment

What Does Sustainability Feel Like?
by Michael Carolan
The phenomena we embrace are embraced precisely because of their exuberance—justice, prosperity, and sustainability. Our failing is that we reach for them with tools that will never capture their essence, be they words, statistics, or dollars.
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Environmental Activism

Diversity is the Lifeline for the Future of the Climate Movement
by Mijin Cha
While climate change will negatively impact all of us, people of color and low-income communities will be hit the hardest and have the fewest resources to adapt to the challenges, such as extreme weather and poor air quality, that climate change will bring. Yet, these communities are often underrepresented, if not left out completely.
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Climate Change

Climate Change and the Right to Hope
by Anna Peterson
To what extent is a lack of hope to blame for our inaction on the climate?
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Eco-Spirituality

Love Is Stronger Than Stewardship: A Cosmic Christ Path to Planetary Survival
by Matthew Fox
“Stewardship” is a tired old idea. Let’s stop talking about duty and start talking about the sacredness of creation! The light of Christ is in all beings.
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Hinduism

Dharma and Ahimsa: A Hindu Take on Environmental Stewardship
by Parth Parihar
The dharmic concept of ahimsa (“not to injure”) demands that we take personal and political action to protect the environment.
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