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WT 20: Heresy

Volume 20: Heresy – Call for Submissions

The English word heresy is derived from the Greek hairesis, meaning “to choose.” Although it is now defined as a thought that challenges prevailing orthodoxy, its root simply describes the expression of free will. As such, heresy has the potential not only to dismantle traditions and institutions, but also to forge new ones. …

Volume 19: Net Works – Call for Submissions

Published in 2012 As environmental practitioners, we cast nets to sample nature, to gather knowledge, to provoke action. Ornithologists use mist nets to capture birds for banding, advocates and organizers use social networks to foment governmental and public action, and vast amounts of data are gathered from different disciplines to …

Volume 18: Boundaries

Volume 18: Boundaries – Call for Submissions

Published in 2011 Boundaries represent limits that confine, constrain, or exclude, yet they also provide identity, protection, and safety. Some boundaries are solidly grounded in geographical fact, others are superimposed by political action, and still others are conveyed by culture and tradition. Across political, social, ideological, ecological and epistemological realms, many conventional distinctions and …

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Volume 17: The Significance of Scale

Published in 2010 The phrase “think globally, act locally” may have become a bumper sticker cliché, but now more than ever we grapple with questions of scale. Climate change looms as an overwhelming global threat. Despite good intentions, small actions like changing our light bulbs and biking to work might not matter in …

Volume 16: ((r)e)volution

Volume 16: ((r)e)volution

Published in 2009 It’s all over the news: the environment is the new pet of popular culture. Climate change, once considered a controversial theory, has become a defining issue of our era. For the first time ever, the public is citing environmental quality as a top tier political issue. Designer canvas grocery bags …

Volume 15: Where is Nature?

Volume 15: Where is Nature?

Published in 2008 With the great variety of landscapes in the human experience, nature’s presence is diverse and elusive. Does nature exist only outdoors, or is it also located within the molecules and processes of our bodies? Is there nature in technology? In the current age of websites, global markets and space travel, …

Volume 14: Celebration and Ceremony

Volume 14: Celebration and Ceremony

Published in 2006 Celebration renews the human spirit and gives us the hope to proceed with our work. Ceremony not only marks joyful occasions, but also helps us to heal after pain and loss. In facing the many challenges of environmental practice, we thus turn to celebration and ceremony for inspiration and strength. …

Volume 13: Risk

Volume 13: Risk

Published in 2005 Environmental practice is a risky business. Every day, we make personal and professional decisions predicated on assessments of risk to the planet and to ourselves. We risk our resources, our reputations, our own welfare, and the welfare of other species in our struggle to make urgent and …

Volume 12: Resilience

Volume 12: Resilience

Published in 2004 The ability to persevere over the long run, to ride out or overcome myriad challenges, requires the special capacity of resilience. Resilience is an evolutionary response to the dynamic character of ecosystems. It is a necessary element for the endurance of communities, where environmental and economic issues …

Volume 11: Gratitude and Greed

Volume 11: Gratitude and Greed

Published in 2003 People with environmental concerns experience expressions of greed everywhere, in nature as well as in human actions. What is greed, and what is its source? Greed can be viewed as a requirement for evolutionary success, but it can also lead to imbalance and loss. Are we witnessing …

Volume 10: Surplus and Scarcity

Volume 10: Surplus and Scarcity

Published in 2002 What does it mean to live a life of surplus amidst a world of scarcity, or a life of scarcity amidst the unfathomable worlds of surplus? At the heart of most environmental controversies, the relationship between scarcity and surplus will undoubtedly emerge. How much is enough, and …