“Ballade of Human Extinction”

By |2020-05-29T12:23:47-05:00May 31st, 2020|Categories: Conservation, Environmentalism, Imagination, Modernity, Poetry, Politics|

We’re blocking traffic in the city street Because we’re sick of inactivity Relating to the environment; it would be meet To see a bit of positivity Regarding rights of bison, bird, and bee; And yet among our governments we see no sign of urgency Concerning falling glaciers and rising sea – About the weather there’s [...]

Fire Extinguishers at the Economic and Environmental Flood

By |2019-08-20T22:49:54-05:00August 20th, 2019|Categories: American Republic, David Deavel, Economics, Environmentalism, Modernity|

The real problem in the modern world is not that there are too many babies, but too few. In the end, both economics and environmentalism depend upon people. Money and the earth are made for man, and not man for money and the earth. The fashionable mindset among celebrities, royals, and too many ordinary people [...]

“Ballade of the Environment”

By |2018-07-12T10:19:48-05:00September 9th, 2018|Categories: Environmentalism, Poetry|

They say that we are running out Of everything; if we don’t wean Ourselves from greed, continually flout The laws of Nature—put ourselves in quarantine From Baltimore to Bethnal Green— We’ll crash this Spaceship Earth if we don’t man it, And all become more fit and lean; They say that it will save the Planet. [...]

The Conservative’s Dilemma

By |2019-12-03T11:23:28-06:00December 21st, 2017|Categories: Books, Conservation, Conservatism, Environmentalism, Politics|

The imaginative conservative must not just be a person  who parrots the slogans of other conservatives without understanding the details and the truths which are often two-sided coins or even multifaceted gems. Rather, the imaginative conservative must see things from different angles, must be able to plan, must see the interactions among religion, history, philosophy, [...]

Wendell Berry on the Environment, the Economy, & the Imagination

By |2017-11-12T22:14:34-06:00November 12th, 2017|Categories: Conservation, Economics, Environmentalism, Hope, Imagination, Religion, Timeless Essays, Wendell Berry|

The power of imagination is to see things whole, to see things clearly, to see things with sanctity, to see things with love… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Alan Cornett as he discusses Wendell Berry’s thoughts on environmentalism and climate change, wealth and the economy, hope and [...]

Ecology in Light of Integral Human Development

By |2019-10-10T13:41:58-05:00August 13th, 2016|Categories: Caritas in Veritate, Catholicism, Communio, Conservation, David L. Schindler, Environmentalism, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Romano Guardini, St. John Paul II|

Integral human development sets the context within which alone an adequate approach to ecology can be conceived. In what follows, I will focus on the key principles of this proposal in terms of the habits of presence demanded by the generosity inherent in creation. The term ecology, as is well-known, comes from the Greek oikos, [...]

Conservatism Means Conservation

By |2020-01-14T10:25:40-06:00July 17th, 2016|Categories: Beauty, Conservation, Conservatism, Environmentalism, Featured, Roger Scruton, Timeless Essays|

The cause of the environment is not, in itself, a left-wing cause at all. It is not about “liberating” or empowering the victim, but about safeguarding resources. It is not about “progress” or “equality” but about conservation and equilibrium. Its following may be young and dishevelled; but that is largely because people in suits have [...]

Can Conservatives Love Pope Francis’ Environmentalism?

By |2015-09-24T17:17:36-05:00September 26th, 2015|Categories: Culture, Environmentalism, Pope Francis|

Following the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical on human society and the environment, many have lauded what it says about the climate. The Sierra Club pontificated that “Pope Francis’ guidance as a pastor and a teacher shines a light on the moral obligation we all share to address the climate crisis that transcends borders and [...]

The Conservative Vision of Hayao Miyazaki

By |2019-05-14T13:42:32-05:00November 7th, 2014|Categories: Environmentalism, Family, Featured, Feminism, Film|

Last year Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement with the release of his final film The Wind Rises­. This film is one of the most perfect and poignant works of motion picture art, live or animated, I have ever seen. The film reawakened controversy in Japan over Mr. Miyazaki’s political views. At the [...]

Harmony: An Old Way of Looking at the World

By |2019-11-08T16:03:37-06:00August 16th, 2014|Categories: Architecture, Books, Environmentalism, Nature|

It was the late Stratford Caldecott who first struck up my interest in Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World by Charles, the Prince of Wales. Caldecott described the book as the coffee table manifesto of traditionalism. After my own reading, I can only concur with his description. For the traditionalist, this book’s [...]

There is Always Hope: Wendell Berry on the Environment, the Economy, and the Imagination

By |2018-12-08T14:13:40-06:00May 24th, 2014|Categories: Environmentalism, Imagination, Religion, Wendell Berry|Tags: |

Wendell Berry addressed faith, agrarianism, and why he hates “environmentalism” in a ninety minute conversation with Centre College Professor Eric Mount. The two men sat in angled wingback chairs before a crowd of more than two hundred listeners in the sumptuous surroundings of Louisville’s Crescent Hill Baptist Church. In true professorial fashion, Mount made sure [...]

Should We Be More Epicurean (and Less Futurist)?

By |2019-04-04T12:47:44-05:00October 23rd, 2013|Categories: Environmentalism, Peter A. Lawler|Tags: |

Don’t worry. Be happy. Live in the present. The philosopher Rousseau said that was the natural condition of man, before he was screwed up by self-consciousness, time, awareness of death, and delayed gratification. So the key to happiness is to be really, really stupid. The Epicurean philosopher says the rational person can achieve the same [...]

Small is Beautiful and Faithful: The Vision of E. F. Schumacher

By |2019-10-03T14:39:59-05:00February 12th, 2013|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Economics, Environmentalism, Featured, Joseph Pearce|

A little over a century ago, on August 16, 1911, the great visionary economist E. F. Schumacher was born in the German city of Bonn. An icon of the early Green movement, few people seem to know that Schumacher’s vision was inspired by the great papal encyclicals of Leo XIII and Pius XI or that [...]

Plato Yes, Radical Environmentalism No

By |2015-05-19T23:10:19-05:00July 23rd, 2012|Categories: Books, Classics, Environmentalism, Lee Cheek, Plato|

Eco-Republic:What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living by Melissa Lane In this provocative and accessible reflection on the potential contributions of Platonic political thought to the resolution of contemporary environmental problems, Lane (Princeton) attempts to craft “an intuitive and imaginative model inspired by the ancients” (p. 6).  As a work in [...]

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