Friday, July 6, 2018

7/18 Creation Cor. Col. July Books, etc.

July 2018 Books, etc. Creation Corner Column

American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival.  Giles Slade.

The Animal One Thousand Miles Long.  Leath Tonino.

Animals Strike Curious Poses.  Elena Passarello.

Bird! An Explanation of Hawk Watching.  Brian Wargo.

BirdNote: Chirps, Quirks, and Stories of 100 Birds From the Popular Public Radio Show.  Chris Peterson.

This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm.  Ted Genoways.

The Cabaret of Plants: Forty Thousand Years of Plant Life and the Human Imagination.  Richard Mabey.

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water.  Marc Reisner.

Candid Creatures: How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature.  Roland Keys.

The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food.  Ted Genoways.

Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future.  Geoff Mann and Joel Wainwright.

Cosmic Serpant: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge.  Jeremy Narby.

Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices.  Robert McNally.

The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival.  Stephen Palumbi and Carolyn Sotka.

Diet and the Disease of Civilization.  Adrienne Rose Bitar.

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.  Paul Hawken, editor.

Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter.  Ben Goldfarb.

Earth at Risk: Natural Capital and the Quest for Sustainability.  Claude Henry and Laurence Tubiana.

Earthworks: Selected Poems.  Rosanna Warren.

Eating Ethically: Religion and Science for a Better Diet.  Johathan K. Crance.

Ecologies of Power: Countermapping the Logistical Landscapes and Military Geographies of the U.S. Department of Defense.  Pierre Belanger and Alexander Arroyo.

The Economics of Enough.  Diane Coyle.

Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind.  Brian Fagan.

Extraction Empire: Undermining the Systems, States, and Scales of Canada's Global Resource Empire.  Pierre Belanger, editor.

Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River.  Alice Alpinia.

Final Frontier: The Pioneering Science and Technology of Exploring the Universe.  Brian Clegg.

The Forest Unseen.  David Haskell.

Garden Variety: The American Tomato From Corporate to Heirloom.  John Hoenig.

Genetics in the Madhouse: The Unknown History of Human Heredity.  Theodore M. Porter.

The Green Marble: Earth System Science and Global Sustainability.  David R. Turner.

The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health.  David R. Montgomery and Anne Bikle.

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks.  Terry Tempest Williams.

How America Eats: A Social History of US Food and Culture.  Jennifer Jensen Wallach.

Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North.  Horatio Clare.

The Immeasurable World: Journeys to Desert Places.  William Atkins.

Jaws: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic.  Sandra Kahn and Paul R. Ehrlich.

Life in the Dark:  Illuminating Biodiversity in the Shadowy Haunts of Planet Earth.  Dante Fenolio.

The Lives of Animals.  J. M. Coetzee.  (A metafictional novella).

The Long, Long Life of Trees: Fiona Stafford.

Luminous Creatures: The History and Science of Light Production in Living Organisms.  Michel Anctil.

No Good Alternative: Volume Two of Carbon Ideologies.  William T. Vollman.

The Omega Principle: Seafood and the Quest for a Long Life and a Healthier Planet.  Paul Greenberg.

Our Place: Can We Save Britain's Wildlife Before It's Too Late?  Mark Cocker.

The Overstory.  Richard Powers.  (Novel).

Pasta for Nightingales: A 17th Century Handbook of Bird-Care and Folklore.  Cassiano Dal Pozzo and Pietro Olina.

Pathways To Our Sustainable Future: A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh.  Patricia M. Demarco.

Pluriverse: A Post Development Dictionary.  Alberto Acosta et al editors.  (Forthcoming).

The Progress of This Storm: Nature and Society in a Warming World.  Andreas Malm.

Radiation Nation: Three Mile Island and the Political Transformation of the 1970s.  Natasha Zaretsky.

Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World.  Emma Morris.

Re-Engineering Humanity.  Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger.

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economics, and Companies.  Geoffrey West.

The Sense of Wonder.  Rachel Carson.

The Shale Dilemma: A Global Perspective on Fracking and Shale Development.  Shanti Gamper-Rabindran.

Slick Policy: Environmental and Science Policy in the Aftermath of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill.  Teresa Sabol

Smarter Growth: Activism and Environmental Policy in Metropolitan Washington.  John H. Spiers.

The Songs of Trees.  David Haskell.

The Sting of the Wild.  Justin G. Schmidt.

Superbugs: An Arms Race Against Bacteria.  William Hall, Anthony McDonnell, and Jim O'Neill.

The Theory That Changed Everything: "On the Origin of Species" as a Work in Progress.  Philip Lieberman.

A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis.  Seamus McGraw.

Voracious Science and Vulnerable Animals: A Primate Scientist's Ethical Journey.  John P. Gluck.

Water Is for Fighting Over: And Other Myths about Water in the West.  John Fleck.

What to Eat.  Marion Nestle.

The Wild and the Wicked: On Nature and Human Nature.  Benjamin Hale.

The Wisdom of Frugality: Why Less Is More---More or Less.  Emrys Westacott.


Global Warming books as recommended and reviewed by Allen Johnson, Staff Coordinator for "The Mountain Vision: A Free Publication of Christians for the Mountains, 12664 Frost Road, Dunmore WV 24934 in the Spring/Summer 2018 issue. Christians For The Mountains and on FaceBook.  

Between God & Green: How Evangelicals Are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change.  Katharine K. Wilkinson. 2012.

Caring for Creation: The Evangelical's Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment.  Mitch Hescox and Paul Douglas. 2016.

Christianity, Climate Change, and Sustainable Living.  Nick Spencer, Robert White, and Virginia Vrobleskey.  2009.

A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions.  Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley. 2009.

Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change.  Jim Antal. 2018.

Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming.  James Hoggan and Richard Littlemore.  2009.

Don't Even Think About It:  Why Our Bodies are Wired to Ignore Climate Change.  George Marshall. 2014.

Global Warming and the Risen Lord: Christian Discipleship and Climate Change. Jim Ball. 2010.

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars.  Michael E. Mann.  2012.

The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy.  Michael E. Mann and Tom Toles. 2016.

Religion and Global Climate Change:  A Handbook for Faith Leaders and Climate Activists.  Frederick W. Krueger, editor.  2015.

Storms Of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe And Our Last Chance to Save Humanity.  James Hansen.  2009.

Train Wreck Earth: The Climate Emergency and a Path to Solve It.  Harvard Ayers and David Harman. (written in the style of a novel).


"Disappearing Beach Reads" (from In These Times for June 2018, p. 45).

New York 2140.  Kim Stanley Robinson (novel).
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore.  Elizabeth Rush.
Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration and Homeland Security.  Todd Miller.
The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the Remaking of the Civilized World.  Jeff Goodell.


Other Media

Blue Planet II. BBC America documentary from David Attenborough.

Grizzly Man. Documentary film by Werner Herzog.  2005.

Unfractured.  Documentary film by Chanda Chevannes about Dr. Sandra Steingraber, eco-activist.


9 Pioneering African American Outdoorspeople (cited as "pioneers" by the Sierra Club on-line):

Charles Young
Matthew Henson
George W. Gibbs, Jr.
John Francis
Robert Taylor
Sophia Danenberg
Rahawa Haile
Kai Lightner
Shelton Johnson

A new word (to me):

"Endling":  word for the last member of a dying species.  Alternative names for such put forward are "ender" and "terminarch".  "Relict" usually refers to a population that is the last of a species.

Web Site of examples of censorship related to global warming:

Silencing Science Tracker

Closing Quote:

You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.
William Wilberforce.


He earned a B.A. from Gettysburg College (1965), and a Master's from Lock Haven University (1989), where he studied the international Green Party movement.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

6/18 CCC: June books

6/18 Creation Corner Column:  June Books

Beasts at Bedtime: Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children's Literature.  Liam Heneghan.

Biophylia.  E. O. Wilson.

The Biophylia Hypothesis.  S.R. Kellert and E.O. Wilson, eds.

The Book of Caterpillars: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from Around the World.  David G. James, ed. 

Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North.  Mark C. Serreze.

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants (updated and expanded edition).  Douglas W. Tallamy.

California Greenin': How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader.  David Vogel.

Carleton Watkins: Making the West American.  Tyler Green.

Celebrating Wendell Berry in Music, vol. 1, and vol. 2  All The Earth Shall Sing.

Client Earth.  James Thornton and Martin Goodman.

A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe's Encounter with North America.  Sam White.

Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and the Origins of the British Museum.  James Delbourgo.

Defending Giants: The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics.  Darren Frederick Speece.

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (with a new Afterword 2011).  Bill McKibben.

The Ecocentrists: A History of Radical Environmentalism.  Keith Makoto Woodhouse.

Energy: A Human History.  Richard Rhodes. 2018.

The Experience of Landscape.  Jay Appleton.

Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change.  Ashley Dawson.

The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire.  Kyle Harper.

Fertile Ground: Scaling Agroecology from the Ground Up.  Steve Brescia, editor.  Also in French and Spanish.

French 'Ecocritique': Reading Contemporary French Theory and Fiction Ecologically.  Stephanie Posthumus.

The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water.  Gary E. Machlis and Jonathan B. Jarvis.

Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth.  James Lovelock.

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone.  Richard Lloyd Parry.

Global Warming and the Sweetness of Life: A Tar Sands Tale.  Matt Hern and Am Johal.

The Global Warming Express. Marina Weber. (For young readers).

Green Japan: Environmental Technologies, Innovation Policy, and the Pursuit of Green Growth.  Carin Holroyd.

Growing a Sustainable City?  The Question of Urban Agriculture.  Christina D. Rosan and Hamil Pearsall.

Healing Earth: An Ecologist's Journey of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship.  John Todd (forthcoming).

Healing Gaia: Practical Medicine for the Planet.  James Lovelock.

A History of the Future: Prophets of Progress from H.G. Wells to Isaac Asimov.  Peter J. Bowler.

A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet.  Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore. (Spoiler Alert:  Nature, Money, Work, Care, Food, Energy, Lives).

Humankind: Solidarity with Non-Human People.  Timothy Morton.

The Infinite Desire for Growth.  Daniel Cohen.

Insult to Our Planet & the Florida Keys: Explore the Environment of the Past...Confront the Future.  Jerrold J. Weinstock, M.D. 

Interwoven: Junipers and the Web of Being.  Kristen Rogers-Iversen.

The Last Utopians: Four Late 19th Century Visionaries and Their Legacy.  Michael Robertson.  (Note: the four are Edward Bellamy, William Morris, Edward Carpenter, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman).

Life at the Edge of Sight: A Photographic Exploration of the Microbial World.  Scott Chimileski & Roberto Kolter.

The Lost Species: Great Expeditions in the Collections of Natural History Museums.  Christopher Kemp.

Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surround Animal Death.  Margo DeMelio. 

A New Basis for Animal Ethics: Telos and Common Sense.  Bernard E. Rollin.

Nonviolent Direct Action as a Spiritual Path.  Richard K. Taylor.

Our Place: Can We Save Britain's Wildlife Before It's Too Late?  Mark Cocker.

Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis.  George Monbiot.

Planet of Microbes: The Perils and Potential of Earth's Essential Life Forms.  Ted Anton.

The Plant Messiah: Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species.  Carlos Magdalena.

Proving Ground: Expertise and Appalachian Landscapes.  Edward Slavishak.

This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent.  Daegan Miller.

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore.  Elizabeth Rush.

Science Comics Series (Get to Know Your Universe graphic non-fiction novels for the middle-grade reader, available in soft or hard-cover).  Latest 128-page issue is Trees: Kings of the Forest, by Andy Hirsch.  Other titles include Coral Reefs, Volcanoes, Plagues, Sharks, Robots & Drones, Dogs, etc.

Sinking Chicago: Climate Change and the Remaking of a Flood-Prone Environment.  Harold L. Platt.

Symbiosis in Cell Evolution.  Lynn Margulis.

Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet.  Varun Sivaraam.

The Taste of Empire: How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World.  Lizzie Collingham.

Toward a Better Worldliness: Ecology, Economy and the Protestant Tradition.  Terra Schwerin Rowe.

The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife.  Lucy Cooke.

Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World.  Andrea Barnet.

Whose Dog Are You?  The Technology of Dog Breeds and the Aesthetics of Modern Human-Canine Relations.  Martin Wallen.

Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm.  Isabella Tree.

Wildlife Crime: From Theory to Practice.  William D. Moreto, editor.

Win-Win Ecology: How the Earth's Species Can Survive in the Midst of Human Enterprise.  M. L. Rosenzweig. 

Women Who Dig:  Farming, Feminism, and the Fight to Feed the World.  Trina Moyles.


Post-Script to my  May "Creation Corner Column" on Plastics, see the June issue of The National Geographic magazine:

Friday, May 4, 2018

5/18 CCC: June 5, World Environ. Day, Beat Plastic Pollution

May 2018 Creation Corner Column

June 5, World Environment Day: Beat Plastic Pollution

You may recall this quote from the 1967 movie, The Graduate.

Mr. Maguire:  I want to say one word to you, Benjamin.  Just one word.
Benjamin Braddock:  Yes, sir.
Mr. Maguire: Are you listening?
Benjamin Braddock:  Yes I am.
Mr. Maguire: Plastics.

Now over 50 years later, we are reaping what we have sown, plastics everywhere.

You have read the descriptions:  "planet waste crisis," "world's plastic binge," "global plastic littering," "marine plastic litter crisis", etc.

The World Health Organization (WHO) analyzed some of the world's most popular bottled water brands and found more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastic, thus the concern about plastic in drinking water.  

For two billion poor and vulnerable people who live in communities without rubbish collections, trash-filled rivers flood, causing disease, and hundreds of thousands of premature deaths occur from the toxic fumes cause by the burning of waste.

That is why the Environmental Sabbath this year during the UNEP's World Environment Day week features a focus on the plethora of plastic confronting us.

You have read of the concern that certain kinds of plastic can and should be recycled, and that appears to be all for the good.  And some communities ban plastic bags.  Companies should try to reduce plastic packaging, help collect the waste, and support community recycling efforts. 

Yes, plastic is ubiquitous.  Not a good thing.  Plastic out-lives us; not much is biodegradable. 

Solutions have been suggested.  Of course, assume more personal responsibility to avoid bringing plastic into your household, "Refuse" is a "re" prefix-word, along with reduce, reuse and recycle.  Use less and  "Wake Up"  to what you are consuming.  Can you go to the supermarket and come away without any plastic packaging?

Governments need to be encouraged to implement Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) whereby single-use, "throw-away" drink containers (plastic, glass, metal) can be deposited in "reverse vending machines" that automate a small cash return or voucher. Recycling machines can be equipped with shredding mechanisms.  As plastic waste increases, so can recycling efforts reach 99% as in Germany.  The DRS solution is found in 39 countries.

Another solution, distant into the future, is the use of a mutant enzyme (Ideonella sakaiensis) that breaks down plastic drink bottles, thus fully recycling the bottles of PET (polyethylene terephthalate).

Thus, the effort this year to draw our attention to the problem, and solutions.  To learn how to refuse using plastic, to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic waste; to find guides on #BeatPlasticPollution for government partners, education partners, and organizations and businesses, go to  World Environment Day

For the Environmental Sabbath Service Call to prayers, of awareness, sorrow, healing, and gratitude, go to The United Nations Environmental Sabbath Service | Earth Ministry


Monday, April 2, 2018

4/18 CCC: Thomas Merton's Environmental Vision

Creation Corner Column, April 2018

Book Overview:  The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton.  Monica Weis, SSJ.  University. Press of Kentucky, 2011.

Monica Weis here traces the evolving environmental consciousness and committed conscience of Cistercian monk Thomas Merton, just one aspect of his legacy, especially during his 27 years at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky.

From his birth in France (1915) to his accidental death in Bangkok, Thailand (1968), she records his various "kairos" or "epiphonic" experiences that transformed his attitude and behavior, as well as his spiritual development, vis-a-vis God's gift of creation.

These "touchstone" moments, or "spots in time", found expression in his prose, poetry, photography, journaling, prayer life and his love and friendship with others.

He, as with us, began life with seeing and appreciating nature, but gradually began to "see with a new eye", with a "waking up" to the interdependence of all creation (air, land, water, animals, humans, etc.).  With contemplation of the "outer landscape" (DDT, nuclear weapons, etc.) his "inner landscape" became aware of how we are destroying ourselves spiritually, morally, and in many other ways.

One might say he sought to enlarge our environmental vision, to go beyond our hubris, anthropocentrism, speciesism, and racism to eco-justice and an "ecology of humility" wherein we have a "reverential awe and desire to preserve nature's beauty in the face of mystery that is larger than humankind".

Merton urges us to move away from what we often think of as our "mastery" of, or "wise use" of nature, and instead seek to have "responsibility for" creation.  Thus: defending, preserving, conserving, and restoring.

He further urges us to have an ecological consciousness because it is required if we are to be non-violent to the earth.

Merton's work addresses us today, those of us with a superficial view of the world, especially in view of our exterminating capability.  So many of us speak of "adapting" to climate change; he would find such talk of blind optimism as absurd.  And for the church to bless some futuristic technological paradise?  Blasphemy!

Of course one reads this life course of Merton with one's own life trajectory in mind.  What events have we experienced that had a "renovating virtue" whereby  we were "nourished and invisibly repaired"?  As each day dawns (our own re-creation and genesis), might we see beyond the "shadows and disguise" and find the presence of God within us, and encounter the holy in the day-to-day ordinariness?

What does an Incarnational Theology mean for us?  What is our response as we "recognize the holiness of all creatures and the spark of divinity in all matter"?

We too can experience turning points in our lives that lead us to have a peace-making ecological conscience with compassion.  We strive to discern God's will for His creation, and be obedient to it.  Merton urged that.


Thomas Merton (b. 1/31/1915, d. 12/30/1968).  International Thomas Merton Society.

The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton, by Monica Weis, SSJ, 2011, is a well-documented 197 page book, with 40 Thomas Merton primary sources cited,  9 pages of footnotes, an 8 page bibliography, and an 11 page index. It is one book in the "Culture of the Land: A Series in the New Agrarianism", University Press of Kentucky.  Series Editor is Norman Wirzba.

Weis previously published Thomas Merton's Gethsemani: Landscapes of Paradise (2005) . She draws on that, and nine other articles by her on the Merton legacy, in the 2011 book.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

3/18CCC: John Dear's "They Will Inherit the Earth" book

3/18 Creation Corner Column

Book Overview: They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change, by John Dear.  2017, Orbis Press, 161 pages.  $20.

The thesis of John Dear's book, intended for readers of the Christian religious faith, but also useful to non-Christian and secular readers, is that if we are to have (inherit) an inhabitable earth, we must practice non-violence.  

We need to turn away from violence in our personal lives, institutions, policies, systems, structures, and within the "powers and principalities," etc.  For Dear, it is as simple and fundamental as that.

He offers biblical justification for his view (the Beatitudes, Sermon on the Mount, scriptural passages, The Lord's Prayer) and quotations from the 2015 ecology encyclical by Pope Francis,  Laudato si': On Care for Our Common Home. 

In seeking the "Kingdom of God" (may "Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven") we are to practice nonviolence for such is what God intends for his earth to flourish with integrity and wholeness.  In that way nonviolence enables us to inherit the earth as it is designed.  

By following a nonviolent Jesus we may live in, with, and under God's reign of nonviolence.

Ways in which we violate the earth are mentioned, in our personal lifestyles (food consumption choices, fossil fuel dependence, etc.), and he extrapolates the multiplier effect of such with carbon footprint data, and offers remedies in a chapter on sustainable rules for the planet.

Often he uses the two-word admonition phrase of "Wake Up!" to alert us as to how the earth's balances are being imperiled.  But he also encourages us to "Let Go" and not be burdened by beating up on ourselves with self-guilt, giving up or giving in to the point of depression and despair, sitting back, doing nothing while the earth "groans in travail."

While some people of faith employ the phrase "Let Go, Let God", Lutherans might add that it is "God's Work, Our Hands."

Book chapters offer examples of hope, from the USA grassroots efforts (Santa Clara pueblo near Los Alamos NM; among the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras; those who took a stand against a pipeline at the ND Sioux Nation Standing Rock; the Nonviolent Cities Project; and the Oakland CA Canticle Farm.

Nonviolence can be applied to many social problems (racism, sexism, classism, militarism, war, nuclear weapons and other forms of violence).  Cooperation and solidarity can help to solve earth's problems, with work among environmentalists, scientists, those who are young, labor and anti-corporate groups, interfaith coalitions, indigenous people, antiwar/pro-peace folks, women advocates for Mother Earth, etc.  

One chapter raises up global interfaith voices, another is on the Call of Pope Francis.  Especially valuable, and most challenging, are passages in chapter 14 (the longest one of 21 pages), wherein he narrates attitudes, beliefs and practices that go beyond the usual
"re-" words (restore, reconciliation, reparations, etc.).

A study guide for personal reflection and small group discussion concludes the book.  Overall it can be recommended as an important and welcomed addition to the growing literature on caring for creation as it adds the dimension of advocacy for nonviolence in our efforts to prevent climate chaos.

John Dear (b. 1959), a vegetarian for 35 years, author of over 35 books on peace and nonviolence, is a Catholic priest who grew up in NC and currently lives in NM.  A Nobel Peace Prize nominee, he has often been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience in opposition to the "war machine."

This newest book of his is based on the Third Beatitude: "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."  For John Dear "the meek" refers to those who are non-violent.

He will speak March 27 in Williamsport PA in the Mary Welch Honors Hall of Lycoming College, corner of Basin  and E. 4th Streets, at 7 p.m. 

For a timely article on the various forms of non-violence, from letter-writing on, see Shane Claiborne's "Why We Go to Jail" in the April 2018 issue of Sojourners magazine.

On communicating climate change concerns, see the cover story in March 14 issue of the Christian Century, "How to Talk to climate change skeptics": an interview with Katharine Hayhoe.

Also see the life-long work of Gene Sharp (1928-2018) documenting non-violence.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

2/18 CCC: Quotes for Quotation

 Quotes for Quotation: Creation Corner Column for February 2018

1.  An interview with Katharine Hayhoe appeared in the Fall 2017 print edition of Catalyst, a quarterly publication of the Union of Concerned Scientists:  The initial question was: 

Dr. Hayhoe, you're a climate scientist and an Evangelical Christian.  Many in your faith are among the loudest voices denying the reality of climate change in our country today.  How do you personally reconcile your religion and your life's work?

Answer from Katharine Hayhoe:  "One of the most interesting things I have learned from talking to people is that every major world's religion's core values are care for creation, nature, and the world, and care for people who are poor, who have fewer advantages.  The Bible doesn't mention climate change, but it has a lot to say about our responsibility for this world that we live in, and our responsibility to care for people, especially the poor and vulnerable of this world, who are being disproportionately affected by a changing climate."

For more discussion of Dr. Hayhoe's efforts, see .  For her biweekly YouTube series called "Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe", see .

Dr. Hayhoe is the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, and also is the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, a consulting firm that helps industry, nonprofit, and government clients understand how climate change will affect the way they work.

2.  "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe."  John Muir

3.  "One touch of nature makes the whole world kin."  William Shakespeare

4.  "Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."  Albert Einstein

5.  "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment."  Ansel Adams

6.  "Whenever there's a huge spill of solar energy, it's just called a nice day."  unknown

7.  "When you throw something away, where is away?"  unknown

8.  "May the FOREST be with you."   unknown

9.  "The climate is changing faster than we are."  unknown

10.  "God's original plan was to hang out in a garden with some naked vegetarians."  unknown

11. "One generation plants the trees, the next gets the shade."  Chinese proverb

12.  Gardening is cheaper than therapy---and you get tomatoes!"  unknown

13. "The good thing about science is that it's true, whether or not you believe in it." Neil DeGrasse Tyson

14.  "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."  Aldous Huxley

15. "The Most Powerful Mind-Altering Substance Is The Truth."  unknown

16.  "Give Bees a Chance." unknown

17.  "Get Lost in Nature and You Will Find Yourself."  unknown

18.  "It's the end of the world, said the caterpillar.  It's just the beginning, said the butterfly."  unknown

19. "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed."  Mahatma Gandhi 

20.  "Whatever happens to water happens to people."  unknown

21.  "There Is No Planet B."  unknown

22.  "My Species Disappoints Me."  unknown

23.  "Trees Are the Lungs of the Earth."  unknown

24.  "Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make Do, Or Do Without."  unknown

25.  "Our victories are never permanent."  David Brower, founder of Earth Island Institute.

Note:  Mike Ochs compiles this column from Williamsport PA, where he is a member of the Responsible Drilling Alliance, one of whose slogans is "Keep It Wild." 


Friday, January 5, 2018

CCC 1-18 Winter Reading Suggestions

 Creation Corner Column, January 2018

                                 Winter 2018 Reading Suggestions

"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love..  Elizabeth A. Johnson.
Birth of a New Earth: The Radical Politics of Environmentalism.  Adrian Parr.
Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology.  Douglas E. Christie.
A Child's Book of Animal Poems and Blessings.  Eliza Blanchard, collector. Joyce Hesselberth,    
Christians and the Environment: A Guide for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion.  Sojourners   eBook.
Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis.  T.F. Stocker, D. Qin, G.-K. Plattner, et al.
Climate Change and the Health of Nations.  Anthony J. McMichael.
Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet.  Michael Bloomberg and  Carl Pope. 
The Climate Swerve: Reflections on Mind, Hope, and Survival.  Robert J. Lifton.
Creatures Born of Mud and Slime: The Wonder and Complexity of Spontaneous Generation.  Daryn Lehoux.
Deep Woods, Wild Waters: A Memoir.  Douglas Woods.
Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver.  Mary Oliver.
Dinner with Darwin: Food, Drink, and Evolution.  Jonathan Silvertown.
Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse.  David Orr.
Earth Community, Earth Ethics.  Larry Rasmussen.
Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives on Ecology.  Karla G. Bohmbach and Shauna K. Hannan, editors.
Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime.  Bruno Latour.
Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling.  Andrew J. Hoffman.
For the Beauty of the Earth: Daily Devotions Exploring Creation. Kathrin Burleson, watercolorist.     Episcopal Church voices,  Compilation/Forward
The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity.  Willis Jenkins.
Grand Canyon For Sale: Public Lands versus Private Interests in the Era of Climate Change. Stephen Nash.
How To Survive a Plague: The Story of How Activists and Scientists Tamed AIDS.  David France.
Inheritors of the Earth.  Chris D. Thomas.
The Journal 1837-1861, Henry David Thoreau.  Edited by Damion Searls.
Making the Most of the Anthropocene: Facing the Future.  Mark Denny.
The Meaning of Human Existence.  E. O. Wilson.
The New Cosmic Story: Inside Our Awakening Universe.  John F. Haught.
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.  Florence Williams.
Nature's Fabric: Leaves in Science and Culture.  David Lee.
On the Trail: A History of American Hiking.  Silas Chamerlin.
On Trails: An Exploration.  Robert Moor.
Opening the Book of Nature.  Fred Krueger.
Pilgrims of the Air: The Passing of the Passenger Pigeons.  John Wilson Foster.
Pioneers of Ecological Humanism: Mumford, Dubos and Bookchin.  Brian Morris.
Reckoning With Apocalypse: Time To Turn Around.  Dale Aukerman.
The Secret Life of Cows.  Rosamund Young.
The War on Science: Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It.  Shawn Otto.
We Are Home: A Spirituality of the Environment.  Shannon Jung (1993).
Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science.  Carey Gillam.

Titles by Richard Cartwright Austin (Presbyterian Church USA):

Baptized Into Wilderness.
Beauty of the Lord.
Hope for the Land.
Reclaiming America.
Spoil: A Moral Study of Strip Mining for Coal.


The Best of Nature---25 Years (DVD). PBS Nature series first 25 years, Lynn Sherr, host.
Food Chains DVD documentary (2014).  Eric Schlosser and Eva Longoria.
For the Beauty of the Earth: Celebrating Creation.  CD, Gabriel V brass ensemble.

"Climate and Creation: An interfaith conversation about religion in the Anthropocene."  Pastor Don Mackenzie (United Church of Christ) with Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman. Orion magazine, May/June 2017. 

"The Ecology of Prayer: Faith and resistance in the age of climate change."  Fred Bahnson, School of Divinity, Wake Forest University. Orion magazine, Thirty-fifth anniversary issue, 2017.

                         "The Earth Belongs to God...and Everything in it."  Psalm 24:1.