. . . you just have to understand that we’ve dug ourselves in very, very deep

Some of my friends get pretty upset when I say: “It’s been a long time coming, it’s going to be a long time gone.”



But not only did we dig and dig and dig the hole, but the inertia of the process remains very strong.

For instance: It’s now almost fifty years since that celebrated first Earth Summit in Stockholm . . .


The promises and goals and aspirations are always way optimistic.

I don’t think humans will disappear and I don’t think it will be the end of nature, but I do think we face quite an extended reckoning, chastening, and deconstructing.

Our ecological consciousness has advanced admirably since 1962 (Silent Spring). What to do about what we’ve learned is going to be a challenge:



Scientific instruments atop the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii showed that levels of carbon dioxide in the air averaged 419 parts per million in May. The stark new milestone comes as leaders from the Group of 7 nations prepare to meet in Cornwall, England, this week to discuss how they might step up efforts to tackle climate change. The data provides yet another warning that countries are still very far from getting their planet-warming greenhouse gases under control.

A co-editor of Green Horizon Magazine, Steve has been a Green movement activist for almost thirty years.