We’re as free as we want to be. Perhaps it’s a trite statement, yet with the Fourth of July holiday upon us, I cannot help but consider it. Freedom is a choice. At least for those of us that are fortunate enough to live in countries where we aren’t punished for speaking our mind in private conversation or online. You […]

Every spring we go through a litany of environmental cause days. Last Friday was World Water Day, Saturday marked Earth Hour, Monday, April 22 will be the Grand Daddy, Earth Day, and finally Arbor Day is April 26. All of these days and others are important, educating youth and adults alike about the need to become more environmentally conscious. But […]

Often cursed by reactionary pundits responding to the popular, groupthink remains an inescapable behavior pattern in social networks. For those unfamiliar, groupthink is when a community’s desire for harmony overrides rational examination of ideas and concepts. Conflict is stamped out in favor of consensus. So long as people act in tribal ways, we will always have groupthink regardless of media, […]

Let’s be frank, lots of people are helping with #citizengulf and it’s awesome. There are so many people spreading the word, I can’t even begin to thank them. But this is not Haiti, in large part because of BP’s responsibility for causing the oil spill, and its moral and legal obligation to clean up the mess. Many people express this […]

Above find a slideshow of my favorite photos from our Citizen Effect Gulf Mission trip. The slideshow really tells the story of what we saw. Quite a crushing blow has been dealt to the Gulf marine environment and the communities built around it. The fact-finding trip, representing the listening phase of our effort, is complete. You can find links to […]

The UN Copenhagen Conference to negotiate a new global environment treaty begins today. And my mind wonders north and east across the entirety of the Atlantic Ocean. I imagine these political types gathering, making great statements and pronouncing real hope. However, as CNN reported this weekend, the gathering is unlikely to yield a new world pact. While every person in […]

350, the number of parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere. It’s also the name of an open-sourced campaign to create an international day of climate action on October 24. The goals are simple: Lifting public awareness on the need for an international climate treaty to reach 350 Assembling […]