/ 1999

How Bad Is It?

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The following press release was web published on the Sierra Club’s Sprawl listserv in August, 1999. It gives as good an explanation as we’ve seen of how bad the current world-wide ecological crises has become. We reprint it here with the permission of the press office of the International Botanical Congress. For … Read More

Not the Counter Culture Anymore

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by Shelley Gerstein This essay first appeared in Coast Magazine’s Holiday Issue, 1996 reprinted with permission of the author It’s said of computers, garbage in – garbage out. The same is true about understanding ourselves. If we rely on false myths about ourselves and our history, no matter how sophisticated our analysis, … Read More


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Restoring the Earth Healing the Mind Edited by Theodore Roszak, Mary E. Gomes and Allen D. Kanner Reviewed by Don Weiss Millions of American children have been diagnosed with a disease called Attention Deficit Disorder. In its classic form, it is the inability to concentrate on whatever society thinks the child should … Read More

The Log from the Sea of Cortez

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by John Steinbeck Reviewed by Don Weiss Steinbeck is best known as the author of The Grapes of Wrath, which brought him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. But he was also an enthusiastic marine biologist. In fact, he studied marine biology at Stanford, though he left there without graduating. It … Read More

Ecology, A Pocket Guide

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by Ernest Callenbach Reviewed by Don Weiss Wallace Stegner once called ecology “a harder form of literacy” than reading and despaired of teaching the American public to change its ways. Ernest Callenbach, author of the famous novel Ecotopia and many other works, thinks this is an unduly negative view and provides one … Read More