Is 2020 the Year for America?

January 02, 2020

The year 2019 has ended. Traditions abound to celebrate the coming of a new year, and this time around a new decade. There seems to be some notion that celebrating the coming year will wash away all of the detritus of the year just ended and provide a clean slate for the...

Extinction Rebellion Is Not a Cult

November 01, 2019

Yoga gurus and cult leaders – I’ve seen a few. Four weeks ago, I unknowingly joined an alleged New-Age cult on the New Zealand coast, together with a giant kraken and some neatly dressed pensioners who would make any book club proud. They were among the 200 people of all ages preparing for a...

Sea Levels Are Rising, and So Are the People

October 09, 2019

Look what Greta started and what she did to me! I took part in the recent climate-strike march in New York City, one of a quarter-million people (or maybe 60,000) who turned out there, along with 4 million others across all seven continents. Then I came home and promptly...

Greta Thunberg and the Youth Will Not Be Silenced

September 26, 2019

I know it’s been said many times and throughout history, but we do indeed live in interesting times. And it’s not just because the most unlikely person has become president of the most powerful nation, not because an unplanned and unreasoned proposition has won the vote for an exit from the...

Climate Emergency: Rise of a Civil Disobedience Movement

May 04, 2019

What has prompted more than a million young individuals around the world to mobilize into a civil march for action on climate change? “We have a climate emergency” was the overwhelming chant echoing through the streets of Waterloo, in Canada’s Ontario province, on March 15. An estimated...