The New Era of Ecological Civilization

Reflecting on the problems before him Albert Einstein once said, “The world we have made as a result of a level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems we cannot solve at the same level at which we created them.” Perhaps this is even more true today when we face prominent issues like the faltering economy, the endless war in Iraq, and a $2 trillion health care crisis. While there is no doubt that these issues will challenge the very best and brightest that we elect to the White House, Bill McKibben reminds us of the only one that will be visible from outer space (First, Step Up.)
The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.Our planet is the only one we know that can support this beautiful abundance of life. This is a reality we often forget as we commute in our gas-powered cars, inhabit our climate-controlled homes, and watch the rest of the world from our television sets. Isolating ourselves from these modern conveniences and exploring the wilderness that surrounds us can often provide us with valuable insight on matters of greater magnitude, something I gained on a recent camping trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northeastern Minnesota. Continue Reading