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Steven Earle was writing A Brief History of the Earth’s Climate as the pandemic unfolded, and captured some of the surprising impacts that the global shift had on the climate.
It’s hard to imagine those speaking at NY Climate Week self-identifying as being in climate denial but that’s exactly what Andrew Boyd does, kind of. Read what Andrew says the first stage of denial looks like by checking out this excerpt from I Want A Better Catastrophe.
Climate Week NYC is here – and it’s big. In fact, with over 400 events taking place across New York City and virtually, it’s the largest event of its kind in the world. This year, Climate Week NYC takes place September 17-24, 2023. Climate Week happens every year in partnership with the United Nations General Assembly and is run in coordination with the United Nations and the City of New York.
Microscopic organisms are as important to plant growth as water and light. In Microbe Science for Gardeners, Robert Pavlis highlights the essential role of microbes in plant biosystems and soil health, while providing an objective, common-sense analysis of recently popularized practices such as controlling fungal-to-bacterial ratios and applying bio stimulants, compost tea, or plant probiotics.
Are you gardening, or planning to start a garden in the Pacific Northwest? Growers west of the Cascades enjoy a mild, forgiving climate, with a long growing season. This bioregion does present some unique challenges, but also opportunities – including fall planting and four-season gardening. Mark Macdonald of West Coast Seeds calls Linda Gilkeson’s Backyard Bounty “very likely the best book ever written on growing food in the Pacific Northwest….” We’ve taken an excerpt from the book outlining what Linda recommends you should do in your garden in the Pacific Northwest from now until November.
Today’s world, for many of us, has become increasingly tech-focused. We start and end our days focused on phones, tablets, and computers, surfing news and social media. In The Joy of Missing Out, author Christina Crook delves into the impacts our wired world is having on us individually and as a society, and suggests achievable options for taking breaks and reclaiming our control over technology.
Planting vegetables in the middle of summer seems wrong – but most temperate gardens can yield a second harvest in autumn. In August, try planting hardy greens along with root vegetables like beets and carrots, and enjoy another round of garden-fresh food through the fall.
In this interview, Katherine Johnson Martinko author of Childhood Unplugged answers our burning questions about how she has created healthy boundaries around screens for her family.
Rainwater collection can help ease pressure on both local watersheds as well as regional water infrastructure, while also providing some peace of mind to the homeowner – and a lower water bill. Essential Rainwater Harvesting provides tools and information, along with step-by-step design help, to build an effective collection system that’s tailored to your situation.
In this guest post, Katherine Martinko, author of Childhood Unplugged, offers a powerful tool to help reduce screen time for kids while opening up a whole new world of skills. All this, and it’s a lot of fun, too.
How much screen time is too much for kids? What are the effects? How can I take control of screens in our family? Will I go crazy without a handy iPad to hand to my kids? Will they? What if they’re bored? These questions probably sound pretty familiar to most parents these days. But is it even possible to take back some control over digital devices?
What are the advantages of no-till farming or gardening? Can moving to no-till methods really help build soil and profitability? Andrew Mefferd, editor of Growing for Market, says it absolutely can, and building on years of experience and research, he lays it all out in Practical No-till Farming. Do less, produce more, and grow the soil life that feeds crops using chemical-free, organic no till methods.
In 1996, Canada established National Aboriginal Day; in 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government’s intention to rename this day of observance National Indigenous Peoples Day. According to Prime Minister Trudeau, on this day, “...we join together on this day to recognize the fundamental contributions that First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation have made to the identity and culture of all Canadians. The history, art, traditions, and cultures of Indigenous Peoples have shaped our past, and continue to shape who we are today.” But what does this really mean, in terms of Truth and Reconciliation and non-Indigenous celebration and allyship? Aside from celebrating and acknowledging, how can we move further into true allyship and support of Indigenous Peoples and work toward more integrated and peaceable relationships with the peoples who inhabited these lands first?
Many people understand July 4th to be the biggest holiday to celebrate independence and freedom in the United States (the US). While it is certainly the most well-known, it is not the only nor the most important holiday that celebrates independence… Today is known as Juneteenth, and it is an important historical date for many, many families in the US. So, why are there two dates, and how are they different? Understanding the stark difference between the two independences declared in the US is critical to understanding the current social structure of the nation.
As we work to process the realities of climate change, learning to manage our emotions around this crisis is crucial. But as climate disruption continues and increases, preparing for scenarios such as utility disruptions, local disasters involving floods or fires, or unseasonal freezing or heating can also help us move from panic mode into action mode. That’s where emergency preparedness comes in. Assembling a kit to help shelter in place, or a “go-bag” in case of disasters that require us to evacuate our homes, are both important, empowering steps to take.