I awoke to another sparkling early summer day, cool and cloudless. By mid afternoon the temperature had risen into the mid-eighties, and a lake cooled breeze was blowing from the west. Lake Chaplain remains cold for late June and the wind cools as it blows across the chilly water’s surface. On a low humidity day like today, the net effect is a sort of natural air conditioning. Continue reading
Such a crucial conversation! This is a topic I often think about as the fate of humanity and much of the natural world depends on how we navigate the issues of resource fairness and environmental justice. Ecological education is a most complex arena now.
As strongly focused as we are on biological diversity, conservationists have done a pretty poor job of focusing on diversity within our own ranks. Quick – think of a famous conservationist. Got one? Chances are good the person you just visualized is a white male, or at least white. If you want to explore this topic further, take a look at Wikipedia’s List of Prominent Conservationists.
This is an issue I have long been aware of, but a workshop I
recently attended helped crystalize some things for me. As a straight, cisgender, white man in an
affluent country, my perspective on this topic is clearly limited, but I’ve
also been granted some advantages I feel obligated to take advantage of. At the end of this post, I’m sharing a few
strategies I’m personally hoping to employ toward diversifying conservation. I’m hoping others will chime in with
additional ideas and…
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Well June has begun much like May ended: wet and cool. We had a thundershower overnight and more rain is forecast for this afternoon. The mosquitoes have joined the flowering plants in an orgy of proliferation, so that a trip … Continue reading
A lovely winter’s day, clouds slowly lowering and promising snow. Over the lake fog has formed, largely blocking the mountains on the far side. I grew up in rural Illinois. During winter we had plenty of ice, snow, and cold … Continue reading