Last April, a group of nearly 40 people gathered on a Saturday afternoon to walk 14 miles through suburban sprawl and next to freeways, isolated parking lots, rail tracks and oil refineries. The first in a series of “Refinery Corridor Healing Walks,” the purpose was to walk in prayer and conversation for a safe future for all life on the planet, and to bring attention to the dangers that refineries pose to surrounding communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I have friends who are atheists, those who have a spiritual relationship with the earth and those who don’t quite subscribe to the notion of one God. We don’t judge each other; we just play fair in the sandbox we call life. They, like me, allow themselves to be guided by their moral compass to do what is just and fair.
Tengo amigos ateos, o sea que tienen una relación espiritual con la Tierra y otros que no aceptan la noción de la existencia de un Dios. No nos juzgamos unos a otros; simplemente convivimos respetuosamente en esto que llamamos vida. Ellos, al igual que yo, nos permitimos ser guiados por nuestra conciencia y ética y actuamos de manera justa.
Last week, the EPA determined that greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes threaten human health and contribute to climate change. While this is a necessary first step towards controlling these harmful emissions, the EPA’s proposed regulatory approach is not sufficient to reduce the millions of tons of CO2 that airplanes release into the atmosphere each year.
On Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands sandwiched between Utah’s Capitol Reef and Canyonlands National Parks, rivers wind past red rock spires and arches that seem as if they were carved by alien hands rather than the forces of wind and water. Here, a maze of canyons once sheltered Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid from the law, and the Henry Mountains became the last mountain range to be added to the map of the lower 48 states.