Category Archives: Environmental

Stewart Brand Saw the Future

“You may have heard the just-so story about environmentalism as we know it. On Christmas Eve 1968, an astronaut aboard NASA’s Apollo 8 spacecraft took a photograph of the faraway surface of a green-and-blue, cloud-marbled planet known to its English-speaking … Continue reading

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Kurt Vonnegut Revisits Earth for Earth Day

In 1970 Fred McDarrah captured pedestrians thronging NYC’s streets on the first Earth Day. Along with American flags, the Voice‘s staff photographer was careful to include a fallout shelter sign in his frame. “‘Sea pirates’ named this land ‘America’ back … Continue reading

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Mark Trail

“Mark Trail is a newspaper comic strip created by the American cartoonist Ed Dodd. Introduced April 15, 1946, the strip centers on environmental and ecological themes. As of 2020, King Features syndicated the strip to ‘nearly 150 newspapers and digital … Continue reading

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Making It: Pick up a spot welder and join the revolution.

Enthusiasts of the maker movement foresee a third industrial revolution. January 5, 2014: “In January of 1903, the small Boston magazine Handicraft ran an essay by the Harvard professor Denman W. Ross, who argued that the American Arts and Crafts … Continue reading

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Broken Circle/Spiral Hill – Robert Smithson (1971)

“Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is an earthwork sculpture by the American artist Robert Smithson. It was created for the 1971 Sonsbeek outdoor sculpture exhibition. The piece is located in Emmen, Netherlands. Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is the sole large-scale earthwork piece created … Continue reading

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Gaia hypothesis

The study of planetary habitability is partly based upon extrapolation from knowledge of the Earth‘s conditions, as the Earth is the only planet currently known to harbour life (The Blue Marble, 1972 Apollo 17 photograph) “The Gaia hypothesis /ˈɡaɪ.ə/, also … Continue reading

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What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye (1971)

“What’s Going On is the eleventh studio album by American soul singer, songwriter, and producer Marvin Gaye. It was released on May 21, 1971, by the Motown Records subsidiary label Tamla. Recorded between 1970 and 1971 in sessions at Hitsville … Continue reading

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Stewart Brand

“Stewart Brand (born December 14, 1938) is an American writer, best known as editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. He founded a number of organizations, including The WELL, the Global Business Network, and the Long Now Foundation. He is the … Continue reading

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Robert Whitman

Two Holes of Water—3 part of 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering, a series of innovative dance, music, and theatre performances initiated by the original E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) program. “Robert Whitman (born 1935 in New York City) is an … Continue reading

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Diet for a Small Planet – Frances Moore Lappé (1971)

“Diet for a Small Planet is a 1971 bestselling book by Frances Moore Lappé, the first major book to note the environmental impact of meat production as wasteful and a contributor to global food scarcity. She argued for environmental vegetarianism—practicing … Continue reading

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