This Land is Your Land: Living Litter-Free

Living litter-free might seem like an easy thing to do. We all keep our homes and property clean, but often we forget that public lands—such as state parks and forests—are our responsibilities as well. As taxpayers, we own these public spaces, but we rarely ...

Something in the Air: Natural Gas Effects on Human Health

Much research has been done on the effects of “natural gas”on climate change. Natural gas causes 80 to 100 times more heating of the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Recently, even more studies are researching the health effects associated with the emissions from ...

August: Bright Light? Less Light? Or Glimmering Moments Between?

August can seem like a month of secret betrayals. Its steamy heat makes it easy to pretend there isn’t a hint of fall already in the air. It’s equally easy to overlook the trees’ still-green leaves fluttering back and forth in the summer breeze and ignore their foretelling ...

Below The Water Line: How Human Noise Affects Ocean Life

As humans, we are still able to find ways to escape harmful noise pollution, such as a sonic boom or fire drill. We can find refuge in a quiet room, joyous music or parts of nature. Unlike our eyes, our ears cannot completely shut out sound but we can often move away ...

Nature’s Matrix: Strengthening Connections to All Living Things

Many humans begin to feel more alive as the longer days and warmer air of spring invigorate us. This “waking up” we often experience during this time of year is a metaphor for the journey of “waking up” in a larger sense. At some level, we remember that humanity is ...

We Are What We Eat: The Impact of Glyphosate

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the Roundup herbicide produced and sold by Monsanto. It is typically used to kill weeds and is used on genetically modified organisms (GMO) that are modified to resist the killing effects of this chemical. This modification ...