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From Thoreau to Carson: Following the path from conservation to environmentalism, May 1962

On May 11, 1962, now more than sixty-one years ago, a small cadre of influential American conservationists gathered for an outdoor ceremony at Dumbarton Oaks Park in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Henry David Thoreau. The author and naturalist, whose life and writings have provided persistent inspiration for the…Continue readingFrom Thoreau to Carson: Following the path from conservation to environmentalism, May 1962

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“Let’s you and him fight”: Evolving standards of American manhood during troubled times (Part 1)

NOTE: This post is Part 1 of a two-part series. Patriots – or traitors? “He’ll start throwing people in jail, and I’d be on the top of the list,” predicts U.S. Army General Mark Milley (retired), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to a recent article, “The Patriot,” by Atlantic editor Jeffrey…Continue reading“Let’s you and him fight”: Evolving standards of American manhood during troubled times (Part 1)

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“Environmental Justice for All”: Every person is a part of nature, not apart from it

Fifty-three years after the first Earth Day on April 20, 1970, just over 60 years since publication of Rachel Carson’s pathbreaking 1962 book Silent Spring, President Joe Biden on April 21, 2023 issued an “Executive Order on Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All.” I lived through and came of age during the…Continue reading“Environmental Justice for All”: Every person is a part of nature, not apart from it