Still Time for a Conservation Legacy By THE EDITORIAL BOARD New York Times, Sept 1, 2014 Congress once acted productively in a bipartisan spirit to protect clean air, clean water and endangered species. What happened? Wednesday [9/2/14] is the 50th birthday of two of the nation’s most important environmental statutes: the Wilderness Act and the law establishing the Land and Water Conservation Fund. For those with long memories, it also commemorates a time when Congress could act productively in a bipartisan spirit that yielded not only these two laws but, within a few short years, landmark protections for clean air, clean water and endangered species…
A Threat to Us All: Millions Buying into Apocalyptic Religion Pose a Direct Threat to Modern Society By Jeffrey Tayler, Salon, January 4, 2015 http://www.alternet.org/belief/threat-us-all-millions-buying-apocalyptic-religion-pose-direct-threat-modern-society…Rationalists…are assertively making their case because religion, since the Reagan years, has been abandoning the realm of private conscience (where it has every right to be) and intruding itself into national life, with politicians and public figures flaunting their belief, advocating and (passing) legislation that restricts women’s reproductive rights, attempting to impose preposterous fairy tales (think intelligent design) on defenseless children in science classes, and even, in the case of Texas, recasting the Constitution in school textbooks as a document inspired by the Bible. Abroad, militants pursuing Islamist agendas have been raining death and destruction on entire populations, with religious extremism the main cause of terrorism the world over. Given the possibility that terrorists may acquire weapons of mass destruction and nuclear states with faith-based conflicts may let fly their missiles, religion may be said to endanger humanity as a whole. No one who cares about our future can quietly abide the continuing propagation and influence of apocalyptic fables that large numbers of people take seriously and not raise a loud, persistent, even strident cry of alarm… three-fourths of Americans believe the Bible to be the word of God – numbers that, to the shame of the Republic, find reflection in our resolutely anti-science Congress…
A Threat to Us All: Millions Buying into Apocalyptic Religion Pose a Direct Threat to Modern Society
Radioactive Fukushima Water Headed for US West Coast by Sarah Lazare, staff writer, Common Dreams, December 6, 2013
Humanity Imperiled — The Path to Disaster by Noam Chomsky, Huffington Post, June 4, 2013 …For the first time in the history of the human species, we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves… The question is: What are people doing about it? …It’s not because the population doesn’t want it…It’s institutional structures that block change. Business interests don’t want it and they’re overwhelmingly powerful in determining policy, so you get a big gap between opinion and policy on lots of issues, including this one…It’s not that there are no alternatives. The alternatives just aren’t being taken. That’s dangerous. So if you ask what the world is going to look like, it’s not a pretty picture. Unless people do something about it. We always can.
The Earth Is Full by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, June 7, 2011 …we are currently growing at a rate that is using up the Earth’s resources far faster than they can be sustainably replenished, so we are eating into the future. Right now, global growth is using about 1.5 Earths.…That is what happens when one generation in one country lives at 150 percent of sustainable capacity….…the consumer-driven growth model is broken and we have to move to a more happiness-driven growth model, based on people working less and owning less.
Healing or Stealing? Commencement Address by Paul Hawken /commencement-healing-or-stealing-by-paul-hawken/
It’s Time to Fight the Status Quo by Bill McKibben, Solutions Time For Outrage On Behalf of the Planet, June 7, 2012 /its-time-to-fight-the-status-quo-by-bill-mckibben/