The Peace Poem

By John Denver There’s a name for war and killingthere’s a name for giving inwhen you know another answerfor me the name is sinbut there’s still time to turn aroundand make all hatred ceaseand give another name to livingand we could call it peace. And peace would be the road we walkeach step along theContinue reading “The Peace Poem”

Homemade hemp milk

Ever since becoming vegan, I have been on a mission to find the perfect non-dairy milk for my lattes. I thought I found it in Pacific Foods Original Hemp Milk. That is, until I read the ingredient list and realized it contained things like brown rice syrup and xanthan gum. Brown rice syrup comes withContinue reading “Homemade hemp milk”

Vegan for Life

Until 2013, Suzanna and I were pescetarians for some time. That is, we had been eating a vegetarian diet along with some animal products: eggs, milk and dairy products, and sustainably-raised seafood. We tried to concentrate on sustainable organic minimally-processed foods as much as possible which required constant vigilance. At the same time, we bothContinue reading “Vegan for Life”

Eat for the Planet Seminar

What activity do each of us perform at least three (often more) times daily and has a significant impact on our health, carbon footprint, happiness, and identity, as well as the welfare of animals with which we share this planet? If you guessed eating, you are right. Suzanna and I are hosting a meetup, EatContinue reading “Eat for the Planet Seminar”

Liberty vs. Responsibility

When I started my first job out of graduate school, I remember thinking that I had finally arrived at adulthood. I had a great job, a healthy salary, and no more classes. I recall at the time, realizing that I could now do almost anything I wanted because I was no longer a poor gradContinue reading “Liberty vs. Responsibility”

Making that Low-Carbon Resolution Stick

During January, I shared with you my four low carbon footprint resolution ideas: eat more plants, use less energy, buy less stuff, and talk and advocate for change. I often think about this column when I run. And this past Saturday I was on a long run on Cougar Mountain while I listened to oneContinue reading “Making that Low-Carbon Resolution Stick”

Resolve to Talk and Advocate for Change

January is the month of New Year’s resolutions. For week four of my resolution series, our last, I want to focus on talking about and advocating for change. As I have mentioned before in this column, climate activist Will Grant encourages us to act for change on four levels: (1) individual, (2) family and friends,Continue reading “Resolve to Talk and Advocate for Change”

Resolve to Buy Less Stuff

January is the month of New Year’s resolutions. For our third week of resolutions, I wish to talk about consumerism. Wikipedia defines consumerism as “a social and economic order that encourages the acquisition of goods and services in ever-increasing amounts.” Pope Francis speaks of consumerism in Laudato Si: Since the market tends to promote extreme consumerism inContinue reading “Resolve to Buy Less Stuff”

Resolve to Reduce Energy Usage

January is the month of New Year’s resolutions. Why not make a resolution that can improve yourself while also lowering your carbon footprint? For our second week of resolutions, I thought that I would talk about energy usage. Throughout our lives we consume energy in many different ways. At home, we heat and cool ourContinue reading “Resolve to Reduce Energy Usage”

Resolution for the New Year: Eat More Plants and Less Animals

January is the month of New Year’s resolutions. Why not make a resolution that can improve yourself while also lowering your carbon footprint? During January, I will focus each week on a different climate saving resolution. My hope is that by the end of the month, you will find one or more maybe two resolutionsContinue reading “Resolution for the New Year: Eat More Plants and Less Animals”