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Will the Pope Talk Overpopulation & I=PAT?

Will the Pope Talk Overpopulation & I=PAT?

As I am sure you have seen in the media, the Pope’s “papal encyclical” is due out tomorrow. As CNN explains, “Derived from the Greek word for ‘circle,’ a papal encyclical is a letter from the pope to Catholic clergy and laypeople around the world.” This one though, he hopes “will reach a wider audience, including world leaders meeting for several key environmental summits this year.” It is supposed to be the “first to focus exclusively on ‘creation care,’ the Christian idea that God gave humans the Earth to cultivate, not conquer.”  Read more…

On the Book, How Many is Too Many?

On the Book, How Many is Too Many?

What books had you so absorbed you found them hard to put down? One for me: the first edition of Man Swarm. When it comes to learning about the many ways overpopulation harms wildlands and wildlife, this book rocked my world. Working with Dave Foreman on the second edition of this book made me want to learn more about the biggest source of population growth in the United States: Immigration. Read more…

Keeper Quotes From Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

Keeper Quotes From Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

The new book, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot takes on the our ballooning population in a unique and visually hitting way. With provocative photos from around the world, OVER (for short) presents a collection of photos that show just how our human numbers and behavior have impacted Earth. Essays and narrative by prominent experts accompany the photos. In addition to the images, here are some quotes that particularly struck me: Read more…

97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement

97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement

Jane Ziegelman, Director of a culinary program in New York City’s Tenement Museum, uniquely captures immigrant history in 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement.The families in this book come from various homelands, bringing their food customs with them to America, where they have become assimilated into the culinary choices of today. Each chapter gives a short biography of a different family living in the tenement, representing German, Italian, Irish, and Jewish descent. Read more…

Get Energized & Heal with the Book, The Best Things You Can Eat

Get Energized & Heal with the Book, The Best Things You Can Eat

The more research that is done on illness, the more we discover what a powerful role food plays in our health. From the increasing availability of organic food to better ingredient labeling (e.g., whether a product is GMO, gluten free, low sodium), we are seeing a growing interest in understanding our food. As a society, we are becoming more aware of how foods make up the building blocks of our bodies and increasingly careful about what we put in our mouths. Read more…

Where Are We,  After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice?

Where Are We, After 40+ Years of Talking About the Childfree Choice?

The release of Meghan Daum’s new book, Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed, has spurred another swell of online media, posts and threads on not having children by choice. In the last 15 years, we have seen a good number of media waves on this topic. In the big picture, we’ve seen an ascent of talk about this in the public sphere since the 70s. That’s over four decades. Where are we after 40+ years of talking about the childfree choice? Let’s start with a quick broad stroke look back in time: Read more…