Monday marks the 59th anniversary of the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955, the first federal air pollution legislation in the U.S. The act, signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, would prove to be a precursor to the Clean Air Acts of 1963 and 1970 and corresponding amendments passed in 1977 and 1990.
I learn so much from my sister, Carol. She teaches me about being in the moment and listening. Carol, who was born with Down syndrome, has limited communication skills. If she is in a group and feels left out and "can't get a word in edgeways," as my mother used to say, she taps me on the shoulder and says, "Excuse me, excuse me. You are not listening to me."
In the last few weeks, there were a number of times when people and events relating to the environment tapped me on the shoulder insistently with "Excuse me, excuse me. You are not listening to me."
It happens every first of June. The apple tree outside the library window at Green Mountain Monastery in Greensboro, Vt., bursts forth with blossoms.
The blooms have maintained their timely schedule for the past five years, beginning the day 94-year-old Fr. Thomas Berry died. Srs. Gail Worcelo and Bernadette Bostwick recently discussed the phenomenon in a blog on the monastery’s website.
Laos has agreed to open a discussion with neighboring countries on the Don Sahong dam, but stopped short of saying it would delay construction on the controversial project.
In agreeing to the prior consultation, Laos is allowing input from the farmers and fishermen who depend on the Mekong River for their livelihood. It would also provide time for neighboring countries and opponents of the project to conduct a more comprehensive environmental impact study.
It is an old family story that has become part of the island's lore.
In 1929, two bohemian sisters visiting this island about 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod were driving up the cobblestones of Main Street when a herd of cows cut them off. On a whim, Hanna and Gertrude Monaghan decided to follow them.
After a couple of turns, the cows headed for an old barn behind a row of mansions built by Victorian-era ship captains. Between the horse trough, the hayloft and piles of cow and pig manure, the two sisters from Pennsylvania had a vision.
True or false? Our current ecological crisis is a completely new development in the history of humankind -- a situation only 200 years old, a nasty byproduct of progress fostered by the Industrial Revolution.
If you voted “true,” that’s just a bit false. It’s not the whole story.
Eco Catholic: "This is a path for the University of Dayton to move forward and live up to mission," Dayton president Daniel Curran said.
After a winter like this past one, when it seemed like spring and its flowers would never come, the appearance of those first blossoms brought more than just relief -- it brought a reminder of the fragility of our beautiful natural world and our God-given mandate to safeguard it and those who live in it.
As Catholics, we are deeply committed to the belief in stewardship and sacred trust, and how these religious obligations extend not just to our fellow men and women, but to our earth.
I had the fun of being in Niagara Falls for a weekend at the end of May. I went there to sponsor an anti-fracking resolution for the state gathering of the 250 churches of the United Church of Christ in New York.
The resolution passed; it follows here. But what really happened is the falls -- falling, as they have done for a very long time. I was overwhelmed by Niagara’s beauty and rededicated myself to its preservation.
Eco Catholic: The odds are staggering that tweaking a law or two will do much beyond letting us feel uplifted because "I'm doing my part to go green."