O My America: Imagining Socialism, Chapter by Chapter, Part 2

Joel Kovel on Eco-Socialism by Lawrence Bush Click here for previous entries in this series. I find it heartening that Imagine Living in a Socialist USA begins its actual discussion of socialism, after Paul Street’s rousing condemnation of capitalism, with a discussion of our planet’s environmental crisis — “The Future Will Be Ecosocialist, Because Without […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: “Freak Weather” No More

Four Octobers in a Row by Basia Yoffe SINCE HURRICANE SANDY until this past October, I have heard many observers describing meteorological disasters as “freak weather.” Yet freak weather has now become normal weather for October. The National Weather Service classified the October 2010 storm system as having the lowest atmospheric pressure over land mass […]

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November 16: Climate Change and Infectious Disease

Dr. Paul R. Epstein, co-founder of Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment and one of the first scientists to analyze the link between global climate change and the spread of infectious diseases, was born in New York on this date in 1943. After attending the Little Red Schoolhouse, Stuyvesant High, Cornell, and the […]

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September 18: A Pioneering Ecologist

Bronx-born Lawrence Slobodkin, a professor at SUNY Stony Brook who founded the school’s department of ecology and evolutionary biology and helped develop ecology into a modern, mathematically-attuned science, died at 81 on this date in 2009. “One of his most influential books, Growth and Regulation of Animal Populations (1961),” wrote Carol Kaesuk Yoon in a […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: Bee Here Now

by Basia Yoffe ONE OF MY MOST MAGICAL childhood memories is of the season when honey bees took over a corner of our backyard. They came uninvited, setting up a hive that hung about ten feet off the ground from the limb of a fig tree. It was amazing to see them work my mother’s […]

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Arthur Waskow: An Activist Soul Man

WHEN IT COMES to the contemporary and creative interpretation of Judaism, Rabbi Arthur Waskow has been a fount of teaching since the late 1960s. Much of what progressive, observant Jews today embrace as basic to their Jewish practice — non-gendered language for God-talk and prayer; the plumbing of Judaism for its ecological wisdom; “eco-kashrut” (a […]

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May 24: Earth First!

Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney were victims of a pipe bomb placed in their car on this date in 1990 in Oakland, California. The two were accused by the FBI of carrying the bomb for terrorism; Bari was arrested while still in critical condition in the hospital. The case was never prosecuted, […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: April 8th

by Basia Yoffe FOUR YEARS AGO this Memorial Day, I began to write a column about environmental activism, “Notes from a Small Planet,” for each edition of Jewish Currents magazine. Our climate change crisis warrants more attention than a quarterly column, however, so starting this week, I hope to blog about what’s needed to be […]

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