All in Environment

Two reasons I believe the market system can play a vital role in building a better economy are: (1) it spawns entrepreneurs – the loner in a garage, the small group in a laboratory, the back-to-the-land organic farmer – in a way no other economic system ever has; and (2) incentives, economic and otherwise, work for most people, and I believe they can work for the common good.

I Stand Corrected

Yesterday I ended my post with the following sentence: “We don’t treat air as a commodity to be owned, bought and sold by powerful people, so why water, which is equally essential to all living things?” Then my old friend, Jock, sent me this: “Canadian start-up sells bottled air to China, says sales booming.”

With climate change reduced to a derisive footnote by Republican candidates and Congressional majorities, you may have missed recent reports of 2015 being the warmest year ever recorded (overtaking, um, 2014); missed the study on the worldwide demise of coral reefs; and missed new research updating the alarming state of the Antarctic ice sheet.

Connections

Some things are worth waiting for. My son Jake sent me an announcement of the successful efforts of 26 indigenous tribes, five timber companies and four environmental groups to protect the magnificent 12,000-square-mile Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia’s Pacific coast. The negotiations were arduous, and they took 10 years.

Doug Tompkins: A Eulogy

Yet, what I will remember most about Doug is his passion – a passion that fueled his drive for perfection in everything he did. That didn’t make him easy to work for. He was as cantankerous a person as I have ever met, and he rubbed many people the wrong way. But in the end he was driven by love – love for the land he fought to protect, love for the people who fought with him, love for Kris, his partner in everything.