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.

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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

Esther Was Vegan Too: On Purim, Let’s Renew Our Struggle to End Factory Farming
by Katie Cantrell
From saving water, to helping animals, to decreasing our carbon footprint, the single most effective change we can make is to eat a more plant-based diet. Just as Esther took action to save the Jews, so we can take action to save animals and our planet from extermination.
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Environment

The Big Picture – a Movie I’d Love to Make
by Michael Lerner
I’d start The Big Picture with a frame showing the earth: from every spot on it zillions of people reach their hands toward what they imagine heaven to be and shout to the God they believe in: “Please God, please …
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Environment

Environmentalist Bill McKibben’s Note to Tikkun and the NSP
by Michael Lerner
The fossil fuel companies aren't normal companies. In the last few years we've come to understand that they have five times as much carbon in their reserves as we can safely burn if the world is to meet its agreed climate target of limiting rises in temperature to below 2 degrees. That is to say, if they carry out their business plan, the planet tanks. What this means in turn is that if you hold these stocks you in effect are wagering that the planet will do nothing to limit climate change.
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Environment

Trusting the Water Again: Understanding the West Virginia Chemical Spill
by Natasha Zaretsky
On the morning of January 9, 2014, Charleston residents noticed that the air smelled like licorice and that the water tasted like it too. Inspectors soon traced the odor and taste to a chemical storage facility owned by a company called Freedom Industries. There, near the bank of the Elk River, inspectors discovered that a 48,000-gallon tank was leaking an industrial chemical called MCHM (methylcyclohexane methanol) used to cleanse coal.
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Eco-Spirituality

Earth-Honoring Faith
by Larry Rasmussen
As we enter an age of ecological catastrophe, we need new theologies. Political campaigns are not enough—we need to rethink our place in the world.
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US Politics

Climate Disaster Demands an Ecological Left
by Janet Biehl
Scorching heat, floods, and wildfires are not just environmental crises—they’re social ones too. We need a Left that sees the primacy of this threat.
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Environment

Rights of Nature and an Earth Community Economy
by Osprey Orielle Lake
The “Rights of Nature” approach promotes a structure of law that recognizes that our living planet has rights of its own. If a Rights of Nature legal framework were implemented, activities that harm the ability of ecosystems and natural communities to thrive and naturally restore themselves, would be in legal violation of nature’s rights.
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Global Capitalism

A Conversation with Jeremy Rifkin on His New Book The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power Is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World
by Michael Lerner
The sun shines everywhere on the world, every day. The wind blows around the planet every day. Everywhere we check there is a geothermal core of energy, heat energy underneath the ground. And in the rural areas, we have agricultural foraging waste that can be converted to energy. On the coastal areas, the ocean tides and waves come in every day for energy. Wherever we have garbage, it can be bioconverted back to energy. So these are energies that are found literally in every square inch of the world in some frequency or proportion, enough to provide us till kingdom come.
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