A real chance to address the climate crisis

This fall, for the first time in a decade, our government has a real chance to take action and address the climate crisis. But our chance is a narrow one. To understand the nature of this moment, it could be helpful to trace how we have learned about this crisis over the past 30 years…

Unmaking this world

This piece was also published in the Oak Park newspaper Wednesday Journal.  This world will be unmade. Will it be by the creep of increasing vapors altering the chemistry of our atmosphere and oceans? By the waters and winds of a weather cataclysm? By the scorching inferno of an unstoppable fire? By the armed conflict…

System Warning

Listen to "System Warning" here. Refrain: Breakdown, Planetary system warning.  Breakdown,  Our society's in mourning. x2 Verse 1: Burning up the buried energy created over eons, Just to have the sparkly stuff that capitalism feeds on. Dumping all these gases in our atmospheric system,  We've desensitized ourselves so we don't feel the fear of this…

The Parable of the Cicada

The cicada emerges from its burrow. It spent 17 years underground and has just appeared into the morning sun for the first time. Time to stretch its wings -- one flap, two, then more. It is moving along the ground, first slowly, then quickly. Ready to attempt full-fledged flight through the air, it pauses. A…

Opening

This post was the first one I wrote for my new blog, Burning Down, Raising Up. We white people designed a capitalist machine that generates comfort and complacency for ourselves by consuming the bodies of Black people, exterminating Native people and raping their lands, and drawing power from the labor of Latinx, Asian, and other…