Category: Environment

School Futures

Schools dominate our systems of education. But schools are not an essential system. In the absence of schools, education would still go on but it would be very different from we now, almost universally conceive to be “education.” It is imperative that society take a step back from schools and schooling to explore alternatives and…



STEM is not …

STEM is not STEaM or STEaMie. STEM is reserved for corporate workforce development. There is no room at the top for Art in STEAM or Including Everyone in STEAMIE. STEM is first and always elite. Pass a year or two of college calculus if you want admission to anything beyond third grade. Of course that…




Echoing Green

“We are told over and over again these days that the economy is the bottom line. But as a biologist this never made any sense to me. It is the biosphere that is the source of everything that matters because it is the health of the biosphere,including the water, soil and air we all breath,…




Earth Day

There may be no more magnificent photographs than those of Earth from outer space. Humans had to travel to space to see Earth in all of its awesome majesty and its delicate vulnerability. The venture in space for a few was an education for all. We were changed by the image of the little blue…



Water Revisited

Water is everywhere. It is not hard to understand why water is so taken for granted. That is until there is not enough water to sustain life. Then every drop is precious.