Firebird Journal

Survival and Renewal in the Anthropocene

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Can the Ukrainian war become the inflection point for climate action?

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” — Yogi Berra You’d think everybody would be sick of this stuff by now. Resource wars, dictators, armies, death and general mayhem — haven’t we had enough? Apparently not. As the war in Ukraine proves, human derangement yet abides in some quarters. But perhaps not for […]

Climate Chaos, Food Chaos and War

“Ukraine has only compounded a catastrophe on top of a catastrophe” —David M. Beasley, Director, U.N. World Food Program Climate change is the backdrop to everything on the global stage. So, when we discuss the burgeoning food crisis that’s causing hunger-driven instability in much of the developing world and price inflation everywhere, we are speaking […]

Which way for the planet in the 2020s? (Part 4: Save the Amazon, save ourselves)

By the end of the 2020’s, we’ll know which way we’re headed: toward environmental oblivion or an era of global restoration (This is Part 4 of a four-part series. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.) What would a radical reversal of Brazil’s current environmental policies tell us? What could it do for us?  Brazil’s […]

We Are Still In!(Climate Fix Flop, part 3)

…the unofficial, nation-wide U.S. group “We Are Still In” set up camp at the Bonn, Germany, COP23 climate talks in a pavilion it called the “U.S. Climate Action Center”