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Partners: Recyclebank and Gray Is Green

Are you: Ready to ramp up your recycling practices? Curious about what recycling challenges come up for other people? Eager to recycle something, but not sure how? Interested in earning points for increasing your recycling savvy? Just say “yes” to more recycling with Recyclebank! If you are ready, curious, eager, and interested in more recycling […]

Restorative Eldership

Restoring Eldership to families and communities is at the heart of the sustainability movement. Elders traditionally take the long view on the culture and the world, offering perspective honed by experience when the community faces critical emerging challenges. In conversation with the innovative spark of youngers, we elders are called to hold the long view […]

Giving and Thanks

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. … [T]he credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…who at best knows in the end the triumph […]

Presence at Climate March

Rick Moody, President of the Board, and I teamed up to represent Gray Is Green at the Peoples Climate March in Manhattan on September 21, 2014. In advance of the March, Rick and I convened a series of teleconferences to orchestrate partner groups we planned to join with at the March—Conscious Elders Network, Sage-ing International, Elder […]

Mid-Winter Reflections

Even as February signals the coming of spring, there is a lingering gestational benefit from the dark and chill of late winter: snowstorms in New England signal the season is not over.  I am reminded to embrace fully the benefits of winter’s slower pace, to savor completely the abundance that appeared in the recent season […]

Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

Pete Singer, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died Monday, January 27, 2014. He was 94 and lived in Beacon, N.Y.  His death was confirmed by his grandson, Kitama Cahill […]

100 Grannies

It was Christmas 2010 when the idea came to me for an action group of women elders. I was sitting in the living room in front of the fire in the home I grew up in, with family members all about.  We had just been told that our daughter was expecting our second grandchild earlier […]

Robert Lane, Gray Is Green Founder

 Robert Lane, Founder of Gray Is Green “Born in 1917, I was twelve when the stock market crashed in 1929, coming to intellectual adulthood during the Great Depression and the New Deal years. As the son of a sometime professor and Executive Director of the Welfare Council in New York City (1933-1943) and with my […]

Holidays: Celebrating Hospitality

Hosting and Guesting in a spiral of welcome to embrace whatever comes up in life: this is what I learned from my mother as the relational spirit of hospitality. I think of her as I reflect on this piece from the thirteenth century philosopher-scholar Jelaluddin Rumi: This being human is a guest house.  Every morning […]

To Be of Use

The people I love the best jump into work head first without dallying in the shallows and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight. Marge Piercy’s poem came up in my Labor Day reflections, then stayed with me as a riff on Autumn—as shifting light and shifting life. Autumn-of-life schedules create a change in the […]

Aging and Environmental Stewardship

The Shadow of an Older Tree: Aging and Environmental Stewardship    By Gill Joseph, Social Gerontologist and Owner/Director, Clear Pane Research Services, Ontario Canada, on twitter @Clearpane. Re-posted from June 26, 2013, EARTH NINJA    In 2003 France experienced the hottest summer since 1540. All summer temperatures soared. For many days, thermometers registered well over 40 degrees […]

Elder Activism

Bringing Young and Old to the Climate Fight By Bill McKibben, Founder of 350.org It always seems to me that different groups can bring different things to the climate fight — not completely different, but subtly so, in ways that reflect the diversity of our society. So, for instance, young people have been crucial leaders of […]

America the Soulful

“America the Beautiful” tugs at my heart in summer concerts.     Yet with spacious skies of fire and smoke, fields besieged by drought and fruits by flood, with heat waves from sea to shining sea, it is Ray Charles’ lyrics that ring in my ears: Oh beautiful for heroes proved, in liberating strife, Who […]

Early Summer Buzz

Early summer is prime time in the journey to the ground at our feet with warming days to stir both soil and soul. With summer solstice upon us, the dirt–under my fingernails, on my fresh produce–is as common as longer hours of daylight. How healthy is your strawberry season? Strawberries, with cream and shortcake is […]

Dreams for Care of Earth

Can our dreams give us intimations of our need to respond to our wider environmental crisis? Let us consider several dreams reflecting environmental threats.  This first dream, Diamonds and Tornado, is from Paco Mitchell: I am in a house with several others.  A tornado is coming.  We prepare for it by practicing sky-diving maneuvers—ways to stay in […]

Earth Month

April’s Earthy spirit began for me on the sunny afternoon of April 5th when my friend and I drove to Newtown, CT, to hear Richard Louv speak alongside a panel of CT outdoor educators who work with children. Louv, a journalist and author, originated the concept of ‘nature deficit disorder’ in his book, Last Child in […]

GAIA–an Ancient Myth Awakens Through Science!

By Martin Ogle Here is a scientific story of mythic proportions with a boatload of characters and concepts to tug simultaneously at both your left and right brains: In the 1960s, NASA really wanted to know if there was life on Mars, yet a Mars mission was still decades away. The agency hired James Lovelock, a […]

Journey to the Ground at Our Feet

Kentucky farmer Wendell Berry once wrote: “The world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, however long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch very arduous and humble and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our feet, and learn to be at home.” Think of the places where […]

The Flood Next Time

The impact of Hurricane Sandy on New York and New Jersey in 2012 was an example of what educators call a “teachable moment.”  The storm got our attention. For some, it helped to connect the dots by showing how hurricane intensity can be a secondary effect of global warming. In the aftermath of the storm, […]

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