I’m going to tell better stories for the earth in 2014

Annie Leonard speaking

The big issue for me in 2014 is climate change. It's scary to hear that it's getting worse faster than anybody had predicted. It's frustrating that plenty of people still don't care. And it's confusing that even those who do care disagree on how bad it will get and what, if anything, we can do about it at this late date. It could be that humanity is doomed. Melting ice caps and glaciers, … [Read more...]

Breathing life back into the Christmas story

Nativity Scene

We've all heard the story of the birth of Jesus so many times by now that it's hard for anyone but a Sunday school teacher to pay attention to the details. The baby Jesus. Asleep in a manger in Bethlehem. Sought out by Wise Men following a star and of course, by certain poor shepherds in fields where they lay. Born of Virgin Mary who had to flee in the night with Joseph from King Herod's … [Read more...]

Black Friday strikes back with ‘freedom to shop’

Blacklie Day 2013 screenshot

If you're rooting for humanity to survive much into the future, then you'll surely find yourself on the opposite side of the holiday shopping season from America's big retailers. If they're rooting for more sales, you may be rooting for consumers to buy less. People who care about climate change and peak oil want industry to stop trashing the planet. But industries that make money from selling … [Read more...]

3 steps to raise a happy peak oil kid

a mother and a child in a garden

Your baby absorbed so many early-learning podcasts in utero that when she's born she doesn't know if she's supposed to be Baby Einstein, Baby Mozart or Baby Bill Gates. Your husband or wife had to call in some big favors to reserve little Emma or Alessandra a place in a top preschool. After that, you've got her future all planned out: a decent gifted program, Yale undergrad, Wharton MBA, partner … [Read more...]

The real war on Christmas and why it matters

Bill O'Reilly

Christmas season is making me tired. Every year, I get tired of hearing jaunty, NutriSweet-y jingles that sound like they're sung by Hello Kitty touted as "Chrismas Carols" and played earlier and earlier in the fall. "Here Comes Santa Claus" on November 11 — it's a revolting enough song if you have to hear it once. But do we really need to endure this particular brand of nausea for a full six … [Read more...]

Presents or presence?

baby in a snowsuit on a sled

Does anyone else find Thanksgiving and Christmas a bit of a contradiction? We spend a couple of days focused on Thanksgiving; usually setting up the menu, grocery shopping, or juggling travel plans for a day spent with our families. What started as a day for family and gratitude, is often replaced with family watching football on TV, mapping Black Friday’s shopping spree, or eating turkey … [Read more...]

Christmas plan for a peak oil pilgrim

Santa rides the bullet.

As a peak oil pilgrim, the holidays are surely going to be different now. The ways we celebrate the season, the parties and family get-togethers are forever changed for me: they've taken on a sort of surreal, over-the-top quality endemic to societies of excess. Perhaps it is the all-consuming nature of the barrel beast: that virtually everything we do, touch, watch, eat, drink, buy, and read is … [Read more...]