Forty-two years in and just getting started.

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“And how did you injure yourself,” the doctor asked me.

“Walking. Just walking,” was my reply.

Just two weeks before my forty-second birthday I had occasion to see my doctor on a Saturday, two days after getting in for an emergency session with my chiropractor. I had gotten together with a friend for lunch, then we’d walked the downtown strip and neighboring residential streets of our small town, trying to enjoy a hotter-than-normal day. I thought I’d managed to hurt my back just from walking around. However, the diagnosis that came made much more sense: inflammation of the SI joint.


When it comes to climate change, walking the walk is the best way to fight.

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Earth Day started 51 years ago.

James Hansen testified before Congress, bringing “global warming” into the vernacular, 33 years ago.

The Kyoto Protocol was signed (not by the US) 24 years ago.

The Paris Climate Agreement (signed, left and rejoined by the US) was signed 5 years ago.

The worst year for global greenhouse gas emissions was 2019.

We know. We have known. But we don’t act. Or we’ve not acted in the ways that matter. So, with our 51st Earth Day now in the rearview, what are the right ways to act?

By lowering our greenhouse gas emissions &…


Arguing the facts of the climate crisis kinda misses the point.

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Many people who were previously skeptical of the climate crisis or downright didn’t believe the science have shifted. Albeit slightly, and still without acknowledging a need to act. I hear and read quite often from people who used to say it wasn’t real that now say, “ok, it’s real, but it’s not really our fault, and how bad is it really?” I think a big part of our problem — indeed a key to this very fight — is embedded in that question.

Usually, climate advocates have impassioned responses citing facts and evidence illustrating that it is, indeed, the fault…


The one thing we have in common may be greater than all that divides us.

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We seem pretty disconnected nowadays.

Scratch that, we are pretty disconnected. From one another, from ourselves, from our planet. We are 7 billion+ humans moving in infinite directions each trying to achieve a million different things. From getting the kids to school to saving for retirement. From finding a hot meal to hoping this year’s harvest erases last year’s debts. From getting basic human needs met to working toward changing entire systems of society. There is no end to the ways in which we move through this world differently from one another.

But those are all actions. …


How America is finally focusing on fighting the climate crisis

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Scientists and climate journalists alike announced 2020 was the beginning of the climate decade. Essentially, the last 10 years in which we could take substantive action to curb our runaway greenhouse problem. Long gone was the notion of reversing it. Now dire action was needed simply so things didn’t get much worse. But, at first, it seemed business as usual here in the States.

Then a pandemic happened. Seemingly overnight, as we confined ourselves inside our residences and shut down business and travel, the skies cleared. And we got a literal look at what our future could be — what…


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I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring. But it’s my hope that the goodness living deep inside all of us will shine through the bleakness that we are enduring, like sunlight through shattered glass.

Despite our crushed spirits and broken hearts, maybe we can find a new path forward, together. (I’ve been stewing in doubt, but I know I can’t stay there.) Is it too much to ask ourselves, and each other, that we examine how we got to where we are today? …


Using our current discord as the fertilizer for a better culture.

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This week’s insurrection has brought to a head all the inflammatory incitement our president has been fomenting for the past four-plus years. Sure, there’s hope because the sun is about to set on his disastrously divisive administration. But because one man goes away doesn’t mean the problems go away. (And he’ll still be very public, by the way, just without power or a sanctioned platform.) The worst thing we can do at the beginning of a new administration is to turn away from this — sweep it under the rug and pretend that we’re moving forward when we’re simply walking…


Or the merits of lifting a finger rather than pointing it, as it pertains to the climate crisis.

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Read five articles on the climate crisis and you’ll read about 5 different culprits for our current predicament. From politicians to businesses to the very nature of our economy and everything in between. Who’s right? Truthfully, all of them. Who’s to blame? Simply, all of us. But while there may be some catharsis for a climate writer in pointing their finger, or some absolution for us in reading about it, the honest truth is it doesn’t help.

I saw the movie “Rising Sun” when I was 14, it’s an action crime thriller based on a book by Michael Crichton. And…


The Great Lakes and one of the many unsung battles of the climate crisis.

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In 2010, an oil pipeline in western Michigan burst, spilling more than one million gallons of oil into Talmadge Creek, a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. It was the largest inland oil spill in the history of the Midwest, and according to the NTSB, it would become the costliest onshore oil cleanup in US history. That tragic accident set the stage for a fight nearly 300 miles away beneath the waters where the great Michigan and Huron lakes meet.

Enbridge Energy, a Calgary-based oil and natural gas company owns the world’s longest network of pipelines transporting crude oil and liquids…


How (and why) treating the Green New Deal as a boogeyman only ensures we all lose.

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If you’re like most Americans you haven’t read the Green New Deal. You’ve heard the debate around it, the posturing and the grandstanding. If you’ve a strong political leaning, then you’re favoring whatever the politicians you align with are saying. At the very least, you’ve taken in sound bites about it from news programs. In short, we’re treating it like we do all things politics — with as much attention as we absolutely must give it, and not one brain cell more.

I have read it, but I don’t blame you if you haven’t. Politics is not my thing. I…

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