Why I Chose to Get Arrested (with photos): My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Postscript)

“What are you going to wear to get arrested?” This was my wife’s question as I mentally prepared to be arrested as part of a non-violent direct action protesting the petroleum industry and demanding a just transition to renewable energy. A couple a years ago, I didn’t even recycle. Over the past 2 weeks, I’ve been describing my journey from there to here. It’s fitting, then, to conclude this series with a description of my recent arrest as part of Break Free Midwest. [Read more…]

Paganism’s Promise: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Part 10/10)

Earlier in the summer, Patheos Pagan had invited its bloggers to answer the question, “Has Pagan Environmentalism Failed?” I continued to wrestle with that question for months after. I’ve decided that, whether or not there is time to prevent global catastrophe, I choose to act as if there is. And I believe that, if were [Read More…]

Voices in the Wilderness: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Part 8/10)

The writings of John Muir and Rachel Carson, the “father of the national parks” and the “mother of the environmental movement,” inspired me to learn more about deep ecology and to become an activist myself. [Read more…]

It Should Have Happened on a Mountaintop: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Part 7/10)

I guess we don’t get to choose the time and place of our epiphanies. [Read more…]

An Interfaith Ritual with the World’s Largest Living Being: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Part 6/10)

Later that summer, while visiting my in-laws in Utah, we drove up to Fish Lake, which is near where my wife’s parents live. We went in search of the largest living organism on the planet — Pando. I first learned about Pando while browsing a book of photography titled The Oldest Living Things in the World. [Read More…]

The Garden of the Gods in My Backyard: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (5/10)

Would it be possible to stand in my suburban yard or even in an asphalt parking lot and have the same sensual experience of participation that I have in the woods? [Read more…]


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