COP16, the 2010 Climate Negotiations in Cancun

Guest post by Mary Gilbert [Mary Gilbert is the representative of Quaker Earthcare Witness at the United Nations. This role led her to observe the recent climate negotiations (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico. Her report, written for Befriending Creation, the Quaker organization's newsletter, is reproduced her with her permission. The links here are added to provide [...]

Blog Action Day: Measuring Your Water Footprint

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson     This is Blog Action Day. Thousands of bloggers are writing about water. This is but one essay. The rest are here. When your water comes from a public water supply, it can be hard to remember what a treasure you have at your disposal. I grew to adulthood in what was [...]

A Lesson on Tactics and the “Enthusiasm Gap”

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Will you do me a favor, please? Go read Bill McKibben’s op-ed piece, “My Road Trip With a Solar Rock Star or Notes on the Enthusiasm Gap,” and then come back here and read my reaction to it. I’m asking you for this favor because I want you to tell me [...]

Not Dead Yet: More Options for Cap and Trade

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Previously on “Climate Change”: When Democrats said they might try legislating to restrict greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the climate to change in a not-good way, Senate Republicans threatened to haul off and give them a dirty look. Afraid of being embarrassed by showing how the Republicans care more about [...]

Lessons from the Hole in the Ozone Layer

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson  Not long ago I found myself wondering whatever became of the hole in the ozone layer. Before I found time to do my own search, a segment on the NPR program “Living on Earth” gave me the answer: It’s still there, but it’s closing. Another 60 years will pass before the [...]