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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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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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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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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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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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The Skeleton of the Isle de Jean Charles

Learn about a tiny island community off the Louisiana coast that is literally losing ground due to climate change.

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Forty Days

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

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On the Big Bend of the Xingu River

Meet fishermen of the Xingu River in Brazil who are struggling for their livelihoods due to the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam.

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Entering Homes: A Year Inside Yangon’s Dangerous Buildings

Read about post-colonial Yangon, a failed empire being rebuilt and in need of preservation.

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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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Rivers and Stories

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

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Crossing Place: A Year in Varanasi
Travel writer and ecologist, Piers Moore Ede, describes his experiences in Varanasi where he encounters the ubiquity of death in this ancient city.
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Small Talk: Life on a Farm
Author Luanne Armstrong reflects on what happens when we engage with the natural world.
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Modernizing Mustang: A Hidden Tibetan Kingdom Meets Its Future

Modernity is changing the lives of the Loba, a people living in an ethnically Tibetan enclave of northern Nepal.

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