Mon Panier

Même si nous pensons que les actions sont plus sonores que les mots, nous reconnaissons la valeur du verbe, et comment la clarté et la cohérence d’une bonne écriture peuvent éclairer un sujet. Nos articles sur l’environnement sont des témoignages, des réflexions, des exhortations et des plaidoyers. Nos collègues, activistes et amis sont là, prêtant leur voix à notre quête incessante et obstinée pour la préservation de la nature.

Hick-onomy

A small community lies high in the mountains in a state we’ll leave unnamed. Until last year, it had an economy based on the all-too familiar story: Tourism in the high winter and summer months and second-home owners. Healthy hay farms and orchards completed the mix with the farms, in particular, setting a high standard: geometric fields, freshly painted houses and well-maintained tools.

Hick-onomy

The Parable of the Iron Pan

Many years ago, when I was in my 20s, I lived in a small apartment in New Haven, Connecticut. I had a chair, a bed, a lamp and some books, and that was about it. I particularly lacked items for my kitchen, and I needed to eat, so I began searching for cooking utensils.

The Parable of the Iron Pan

The Heat Is On

The weather folks said the low tonight is supposed to be 21 degrees below zero. The last six weeks have been tough like that. I bought a new stove for the yurt, but ordered the wrong pipe three different times. Again, I fall asleep staring at the tape that covers the hole in the wall where the stovepipe should be.

The Heat Is On

Break the Rules & Make It Work

At the age of 18, Yvon Chouinard founded a small blacksmithing company that would later, almost by accident, grow into Patagonia, Inc., an innovative, environmentally conscious outdoor retailer. Yvon’s love of nature developed as a child and at the age of 14, while training to be a falconer, he began a momentously successful rock-climbing career that took him all over the world.

Break the Rules & Make It Work

L'économie responsable

Au cours des vingt-cinq années passées à jouer les casse-cou, j'ai eu suffisamment d'expériences de mort imminente pour me faire à l'idée que je mourrai un jour. Cela ne me tracasse pas trop. Il y a un début et une fin à toute vie, et à toutes les entreprises humaines.

The Responsible Economy

La politique de l’autruche

À un récent forum d’entreprises sur le développement durable, j’ai remarqué que toutes les présentations tournaient autour de l’innovation. De nouvelles technologies pour des énergies renouvelables, des emballages plus efficaces et des matières recyclables, ou encore pour la réduction des transports, des substances toxiques et de la consommation d’eau.

The Elephant in the Room

Restoring Hetch Hetchy

In 1871, on his first walk into Hetch Hetchy Valley, John Muir was struck, as all visitors after him would be, by its uncanny resemblance to Yosemite. Both valleys, Muir noted, run generally east to west, with a northward bend in the middle. At Hetch Hetchy’s western end stand massive spires resembling the Cathedral Rocks of Yosemite.

Restoring Hetch Hetchy

Take Back the Holidays

It’s that special time of year: chestnuts roasting on an open fire, festive lights, family and friends ... plus shop-’til-you drop stress, billions in credit-card debt and 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bags sent to the dump.

Take Back the Holidays

Warmer

“It’s hot!” As I slog my way up another step, sunscreen drips down my forehead and stings my eyes. I’m battling my skins, which keep sliding backwards as I focus on staying upright. The snow beneath my skis is slicker by the minute. The sun and the snow fuse in radiating heat waves.

Warmer

The Dawn of Dam Removal

When I began considering dam removal, the Elwha River quickly emerged at the top of my list. The river flows through the heart of Olympic National Park. It once hosted the most prolific salmon runs in the Northwest. And the tiny amount of electricity from the dams could easily be replaced from other sources.

The Dawn of Dam Removal

Running Free

Within minutes of the Edwards Dam removal in 1999, Nate Gray, a Maine Department of Marine Resources scientist, could see fish trying to get through the breach. They were shad, now able to travel up the Kennebec River for the first time in 162 years.

Running Free

Explosive

Thomas O’Keefe, American Whitewater’s Pacific Northwest stewardship director, stood on the banks of the White Salmon River in Washington State. The scheduled explosion was running late. As Tom looked downstream, he could see what was left of the river after 100 years – shallow pools of water starved of sediment for the past century.

Explosive

Longhouse Wisdom

Rebecca Miles and her family grew up harvesting their own food in North Central Idaho. They weren’t back-to-the-landers or urban DIYers. They were members of the Nez Perce tribe, where self-reliance and stewardship have been passed down for generations.

Longhouse Wisdom

River of Sand

Matilija Coalition founder Paul Jenkin’s quest to tear down a dam began not on a river, but on the beach at Surfer’s Point in Ventura, California, where ocean waves threatened to devour a new bike path, and talk of building a half-mile seawall to protect it was growing louder.

River of Sand

Archives d’essais environnementaux

Même si nous pensons que les actions sont plus sonores que les mots, nous reconnaissons la valeur du verbe, et comment la clarté et la cohérence d’une bonne écriture peuvent éclairer un sujet. Nos articles sur l’environnement sont des témoignages, des réflexions, des exhortations et des plaidoyers. Nos collègues, activistes et amis sont là, prêtant leur voix à notre quête incessante et obstinée pour la préservation de la nature.