Climate Matters: We should be feeling our feelings

I don’t know about you, but I hate talking about climate change.

Climate Matters: Vermonters must act today with tomorrow in mind

In June the Middlebury selectboard approved a free right-of-way easement for Canadian-owned Vermont Gas Systems to build new fossil fuel infrastructure downtown on Mill Street.

Climate Matters: Tales from the front lines of selling yard equipment

I spoke with Taylor Rental’s Chris Bagley about his experience selling battery-powered landscape equipment, including chainsaws, string trimmers, leaf blowers, and all sorts of residential and commercial lawn-mowing equipment.

Climate Matters: Breathing new life into Middlebury

Could Middlebury bring the Vermont forest into its city center? Could it create a Green Lung, connecting say the Natural Foods Co-op, through the Village Green, along the Riverfront Park, across the Marble Works footbridge, linking all the way up to the M … (read more)

Climate Matters: Cutting back on mowing

As many Vermonters become more aware of the climate impacts of traditional grass mowing, at Cornwall Orchards Bed and Breakfast we’re exploring alternate approaches.

Climate Matters: How to start an anti-carbon campaign

What can we learn from public health campaigns that will help us make progress on climate-change prevention?

Climate Matters: Lessons from a twelfth of a teaspoon of honey

The honey bee is critical to the environment and our survival. Here are some facts about honey bees, drawn from two sources.

Climate Matters: No justice without literacy

This Climate Matters column is brought to you by the letter L, the letter R, and the number 5. Five L’s guide my work and are inspired by Judy Dow’s 5 R’s.

Climate Matters: Embracing incremental progress

Yes, I’m concerned about climate change. Yet I remain optimistic about the future, a future we in Vermont have some control over.

Climate Matters: Climb the climate mountain

Two years ago, scientists were telling us that we needed to reduce carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 and to zero by 2050.

Climate Matters: What do you call a house on fire?

Solastalgia means, “The distress caused by environmental change.”

Climate Matters: McKibben says transitions unleash creativity

16th in a series Most of the time I’m writing about vested interest as the key obstacle to making the energy transition. And it is — without the endless campaign of delay, denial and disinformation from Big Oil and its friends, we’d have started making bi … (read more)

Climate Matters: Honor and tend our waterways

I’ve been directing Addison County River Watch Collaborative for about 10 years, and I still feel like a beginner. I’m only starting to get to know the six rivers we monitor.

Climate Matters: Hard lessons in healing the climate

Studying our failures is as important as celebrating our triumphs.

Climate Matters: Our agriculture must be transformed for survival

By now, most people have seen headlines from the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: This is our “do-or-die” moment.