Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, died in January 2022. My friend, Beth, gifted me his last book, Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet. How fitting his last lesson for humanity is how we can unite to save the planet.
Tiny forests are springing up all over the globe. Communities who understand that humans are connected to the natural world are taking steps to benefit the entire ecosystem, instead of humans only. These changes translate to green news.
Discussing the plight of service workers with my friend, Becky, I shared what I’d learned from Kate Raworth’s book, that the stock market performance did not equate to better circumstances for low-paying employees. Becky wondered aloud (paraphrased), “if the well-paying factory jobs are not returning, how will these people’s well-being improve?”
OK, Boomer, a catchphrase and now an internet meme, landed on my radar, not with a thud but intrigue. A few days earlier, Isobel, my 17-year-old granddaughter said, “They should not say OK, Boomer to you. You are one of the good ones.” The #OKBoomer was spreading like wildfire encouraged by strong winds and high temperatures. I wanted to know more. But first, who are the Millennials, also referred to as Generation Y? They are our children or grandchildren born between 1980 and 2000.
Every year passing, we experience or read about record-breaking hurricanes leaving the impression that climate change is not far in the future or imagined. Mickler Beach, a few miles from my home, has changed dramatically in less than five years. The sea has pushed the sand further up, eroding the shore, leaving a massive amount of shells to walk on instead of smooth sand. Mansions with a view of the Atlantic...