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Volume 24: About Time — Call for Submissions

Submit your pieces on the theme “About Time” by December 31, 2017. The adult mayfly has a lifespan of less than 24 hours, while bristlecone pines can live thousands of years. Geological time works at even grander scales. How do vastly different species and systems experience time? And how do we, as human practitioners of environmental

Volume 23: Breaking Bread

Published in 2017 The simple act of making bread, from sifting to baking, can evoke a flood of memories, anticipation, and reflection. We anticipate the scent of warm bread wafting through the home, the taste we will enjoy as we eat it, perhaps alongside a bowl of homemade soup and freshly harvested salad makings, or

Volume 22: Trust

Published in 2015-2016. In a quiet clearing among the hemlocks, a boy stands on a hewn log bench, arms folded, eyes closed, his back to two rows of fellow campers. Their arms are outstretched and loosely interlaced. In unison, they count down from ten. When they shout, “Go!,” the boy on the bench falls backwards. This exercise

Volume 21: Metamorphosis

Published in 2014 In nature, the classic example of a caterpillar encapsulating itself in a cocoon and emerging a winged butterfly epitomizes metamorphosis. There is a shifting beauty in three distinct stages merging to form the developmental process of a single creature. Similar transformations are seen throughout the natural world, as water-dwelling tadpoles grow legs

Volume 20: Heresy

The English word heresy is derived from the Greek hairesis, meaning “to choose.” Although it is now defined as a thought that challenges prevailing orthodoxy, its root simply describes the expression of free will. As such, heresy has the potential not only to dismantle traditions and institutions, but also to forge new ones. As environmental practitioners, we are

Volume 19: Net Works

Published in 2012 As environmental practitioners, we cast nets to sample nature, to gather knowledge, to provoke action. Ornithologists use mist nets to capture birds for banding, advocates and organizers use social networks to foment governmental and public action, and vast amounts of data are gathered from different disciplines to construct climate change models. What

Volume 18: Boundaries

Published in 2011 Boundaries represent limits that confine, constrain, or exclude, yet they also provide identity, protection, and safety. Some boundaries are solidly grounded in geographical fact, others are superimposed by political action, and still others are conveyed by culture and tradition. Across political, social, ideological, ecological and epistemological realms, many conventional distinctions and definitions are fading, while others

Volume 17: The Significance of Scale

Published in 2010 The phrase “think globally, act locally” may have become a bumper sticker cliché, but now more than ever we grapple with questions of scale. Climate change looms as an overwhelming global threat. Despite good intentions, small actions like changing our light bulbs and biking to work might not matter in mitigating this threat. In this

Volume 16: ((r)e)volution

Published in 2009 It’s all over the news: the environment is the new pet of popular culture. Climate change, once considered a controversial theory, has become a defining issue of our era. For the first time ever, the public is citing environmental quality as a top tier political issue. Designer canvas grocery bags are selling for fifty dollars

Volume 15: Where is Nature?

Published in 2008 With the great variety of landscapes in the human experience, nature’s presence is diverse and elusive. Does nature exist only outdoors, or is it also located within the molecules and processes of our bodies? Is there nature in technology? In the current age of websites, global markets and space travel, society’s conception of where to