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The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance

As Robin Wall Kimmerer harvests serviceberries alongside the birds, she considers the ethic of reciprocity that lies at the heart of the gift economy.

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Essay Original illustration from the Yiddish folktale “Sara Chana at the Tip of the Church Tower.
Learning and Teaching from the Heart in Troubled Times

Ariel Burger explores ways to embrace curiosity and celebrate questions in challenging times.

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Essay Etching of the of an Oak Tree
Speaking of Nature

This essay explores and affirms our kinship with the natural world.

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The Axis and the Sycamore

What if the collision between ecology and modern civilization isn't an environmental problem, but a spiritual one?

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Essay 1950s illustration of Science Fiction
The Space Race is Over

Paul Kingsnorth examines the collective fear of the future and the resurgent concept of space colonization. 

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Essay Mountain in the hazy distance
Forty Days

Kingsnorth urges us to contemplate the productive meaning of loneliness and withdrawal.

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Essay Recording nature
Orchestra of the Wild
Bernie Krause, known as the father of soundscape ecology, describes how he came to record the voice of the natural world.
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Essay River twisting through valley
Rivers and Stories

Learn more about the cultural history and health of rivers around the world.

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Essay Green field with trees
Small Talk: Life on a Farm
Author Luanne Armstrong reflects on what happens when we engage with the natural world.
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Essay Station covered by drifting snow
The Future As Seen From Greenland
Author Craig Childs confronts the reality of climate change from a remote scientific outpost on Greenland's ice sheet.
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Essay DNA
Choosing a Warning Label for Human DNA
Charles Wohlforth examines the role of human beings within and without the context of their own ecosystem.
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Essay Filming from a bicycle
Radical Generosity
Paul Van Slambrouck explores the diversity of gift economy projects around the globe.
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Essay Circular formation of rocks
Lessons in the Old Language
Linguist Matthew C. Bronson examines how language can shape our relationship to people, places and things.
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Essay Japanese print of a mountain
Living with Just Enough
Artist and designer Azby Brown offers simple lessons in sustainability from the Edo period of Japan.
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Essay Painting of United States Flag on wall
Five Habits to Heal the Heart of Democracy

Parker Palmer presents qualities of citizenship that are essential for sustaining democracy in troubled times.

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