Earth Matters : Changing the conversation on climate change

By Billy Spitzer For the Gazette February 4, 2022 A few years ago, I watched a fascinating series of interviews with Apollo astronauts as they talked about first seeing the Earth from space. These usually laconic engineers and stoic test pilots talked about how they were moved by the beauty of our blue planet, and […]

Published in Earth Matters on February 4, 2022.

Earth Matters : Hope, joy and the climate crisis

By Monya Relles For the Gazette January 21, 2022 At a meeting of the Western Massachusetts Youth Climate Summit team last summer, Clover Hogan, executive director of the group Force of Nature, gave a talk about climate activist burnout. In the ensuing conversation, youth activists told Hogan they felt depressed, anxious, and helpless in the face […]

Published in Earth Matters on January 21, 2022.

Earth Matters : ‘Saving Us’: A cry for hope on climate

By Michael Dover

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson’s Science Advisory Panel reported to him on the risks posed by rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, which Johnson included in an address to Congress. Decades later, the U.S. still lacks a comprehensive climate policy and strategy. The country is arguably more polarized than it was during the Vietnam War, and climate action is caught up in that divide. Given this history, anyone could be forgiven for giving up hope. But climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University sees the world differently. Born in 1972 — seven years after Johnson’s speech — and raised as an evangelical Christian, Hayhoe is the epitome of hope. Don’t call it optimism — she’s as realistic as they come when she tells us what’s in store if we don’t act to curb greenhouse gas emissions — but both her faith and her experience in talking to a wide diversity of people give her hope that humanity can meet this challenge.

Published in Earth Matters on October 29, 2021.

Earth Matters : Then, now, and in an uncertain future

By Tom Litwin

On my desk is an old Kodak photo of my Dad and me, standing in front of our home. With snow piled high, we had just finished digging out our driveway — my snow shovel proudly displayed. On the edge of the photograph is stamped 1961, so I was 10 years old. While working at my desk I sometimes drift off into the photo with memories of sledding, snowball fights, snow huts, maple syrup on snow, skiing and coveted school snow days. There are few weather events like snowstorms that are as intertwined with our culture and lifestyle, yet they have humble beginnings.

Published in Earth Matters on December 11, 2020.

Earth Matters : Can trees help us with climate change?

By Lawrence J. Winship  For the Gazette December 8, 2019 This past summer, driving back from a family wedding in Montana, I saw thousands of rail cars headed east, fully loaded with Wyoming coal. One particular scene sticks in my mind. An enormous train thundered along beside the interstate highway in front of a wind […]

Published in Earth Matters on December 8, 2019.

Earth Matters : Hope, resilience and climate change

By Margaret Bullitt-Jonas For the Gazette

Climate change is no longer a distant threat. Its impacts are already being felt across the United States and around the world, with even more devastating impacts ahead unless we change course quickly. Given what we know about the climate crisis, how do we face our fear and grief without being overwhelmed? How do we move beyond denial and despair into a life filled with purpose, even joy? What sustains our spirits as we struggle to sustain the Earth?

Published in Earth Matters on January 15, 2016.

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