ENVIRONMENTAL WRITINGS

 "Shiver," 2004, mixed media on paper, 51.5" x 43.5"

I have long had a strong environmental orientation.  The interrelationship between humans and nature has been a consistent theme in my artwork, through several stages.  In my artistic exploration of urban mobility, I observed the world more deeply.  I came to realize the primacy of energy as the underpinning of our civilization.  The more I learned about energy issues, the more concerned I became.  More recently. I have come to examine mining, another fundamental activity of our civilization. This new artistic exploration brings a deeper integration of my art with my activism, which focuses on resource depletion, energy and climate change.  These are the defining issues of our time.

 

Digging Ourselves Into a Hole: Leave Coal Before It Buries Us - 2011 >

Coal is nearly synonymous with the Industrial Age—forging its steel and powering its steamships and trains.  It helped unleash tremendous forces that have virtually shaped modern life.  We may have transitioned from that sooty era, yet more "Industrial Age Coal" than ever burns unnoticed in the background of our daily lives.  More...

 

The Forces of Nature Don't Make Deals - Catalyst, October 2009 >

Climate crisis is the most urgent issue facing the planet today. Urgent, because we have a tiny window of opportunity to reduce heat trapping emissions before the effects of climate change become catastrophic and irreversible. This is what the world’s best climate scientists say. Further, the climate is changing faster than even they anticipated.  More...

 

If We Dared Open Our Eyes - 2009 >

Awareness is growing of the global crisis unfolding before our very eyes—income disparity, corporate kleptocracy, unraveling biosphere, water shortages, and the converging catastrophes of oil depletion, global warming, and the financial train wreck. Our world quandary can be a stern but magnificent teacher, ushering us into a grand rite-of-passage that will push our individual and collective evolution forward—if we will heed the call. But initiations can be hard and demanding.  More...

 

Peak Oil: Another Inconvenient Truth - Catalyst, October 2006 >

Fossil fuels are involved in nearly all we own, wear, do, and everywhere we go. Rising oil prices, from a growing gap between supply and demand, are rippling through the economy.  As the demand for oil grows, pundits quibble over how many decades of oil remain. But even the most cheerful forecaster does not see a long future for the liquid that fuels our lives. The more crucial question is: How will the depletion play out?  More...