Back in January of 2019, my web designer did a terrific job revamping my website and bringing it up-to-date. However, when she was finished, I noticed the ‘Part I’ section was missing from this Links page. I didn’t say anything, because I thought it might be a good idea to restore it as a blog post, instead. But since so much time has elapsed and I still haven’t gotten to it, I’ve decided to just go ahead and restore it as it once was — with some minor editing:
A few suggestions:
As I have stated previously on this website, the environmental crisis is just not showing up on our radar screen. Sure we see reporting on the various crises, here and there. But consider this. Even the very prestigious New York Times, on the one hand, yes, they do report on the seriousness of the climate crisis, but simultaneously, while they’re doing that, they’ll run full page ads trying to get you to book flights with them, for excursions to places all around the world. So on the one hand, they’re saying “Oh my God, the glaciers are melting at an extraordinary rate!” But then on the other hand, they’re also saying, “Come book a flight with us and we’ll take you there and show you the glaciers melting. You can take a selfie. Just you, and the melting glaciers.” This is absolutely insane. Real solutions just aren’t being discussed.
So I strongly encourage you to do your own independent research. Arm yourself with the best information. It’s not easy. I know. But here are some suggestions:
1. Use google.com (or perhaps scholar.google.com), or google.com/advanced_search. This will give you four fields in which to plug in words or phrases. Here is one example of how you might customize a search:
All: biodiversity pollution waste anthropocentric
Exact phrase: “paradigm shift” carrying capacity” “saving the planet” “deep ecology”
At least one: global [warming] ozone [depletion] acid rain, sustainability self-sufficiency ecocentric
Without: God [or you can leave this field blank]
In using this search feature, you can add to, delete, or rearrange these, in any number of ways.
Here are some examples of additional words and phrases you might wish to include: overfishing, overpopulation, environmental degradation, coral reefs, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, waste accumulation, landfills, dumping, toxic waste, chemical pollution, pesticides, water scarcity, biophilia, Anthropocene, biosphere, solastalgia, soliphilia, ecopsychology, ecophilosophy, eco-philanthropy, investigative journalism, conservation, solar and wind power, cognitive dissonance, real solutions, Rachel Carson, secular.
Also, I have added, here below, some additional terms to this section (and periodically, will continue to do so, in the future):
Greenwashing, bioaccumulation, biomagnification, loss of keystone species, food web disruptions, ocean acidification, change in timing of seasonal life cycle events, range shifts, buffer and thresher effects, eutrophication, the “Simple living” Wikipedia article contains some good information, coal burning power plants, mountaintop removal mining, deep sea drilling, deep sea bottom trawling, consumerism and hyperconsumerism, speciesism, change agents, deep versus shallow environmentalism, rewilding, “leave it in the ground,” tipping points, collapse, cognitive neuroscience, evolutionary psychology, green philanthropy, green charity, innovative philanthropy, effective philanthropy, effective altruism, technosphere, soundscape ecology, airpocalypse, Anthropocene boosters, overshoot, forest dieback, ghost forest, forest bathing (shinrin-yoku), climate migration, dark money, gerrymandering, the Haber-Bosch process, climate tipping points, the slowing or shutting down of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, West Antarctic ice sheet disintegration, Amazon rainforest dieback, West African monsoon shift, thawing permafrost and methane hydrates, coral reef die-off, Indian monsoon shift, Greenland ice sheet disintegration, Boreal forest dieback, the Wilkes Basin (East Antarctica) ice sheet disintegration, the Haber-Bosch process.
(Note: I am a bit selective in what I decide to include here. If, for example, I do a quick Google search, and discover that the information which tends to come up is too simplistic, I might choose not to include that term after all.)
2. Here is another suggestion. Into the Google search box, type in: rain forests, disappearing acres per. And see what you get. Since different estimates might use different terms — hectares instead of acres, for instance, or square miles instead of acres, “per [minute, hour, day, year]” — you can try varying your search terms accordingly.
3. Also, here is another suggestion. Though probably not as useful for finding the best quality information, this might be a good way to illustrate how oblivious we are to the environmental holocaust that’s unfolding. In the Google search box, type in “the biggest problem in the world is” (with the quotation marks). When I did this myself — this was some time prior to 2014 — I jotted down the first 16 items that came up; and only three (the 2nd, 14th and 15th), touched upon environmentalism in any way. The first item that came up was “[Bill] Gates abysmal poverty,” number five was “racism,” twelve was “intolerance,” thirteen was “hunger,” sixteen was “poor communication, both in conveying ideas and in the understanding part.” The fifteenth, stated that the biggest problem in the world “is air and water pollution that is also caused by rapidly developing technology.”
Alternatively, for example, you could search for “the three biggest problems in the world,” or ten.
You can also fine-tune these “biggest problem in the world” searches. For example, using the “advanced search” feature, you can use the “Without” field to filter out certain terms.
In many ways, the internet continues to change and evolve. But I haven’t been able to keep up with all of these changes. So there may be other ways to tailor your searches that I’m unfamiliar with. For example, information in certain venues, might not be searchable using Google.
Once I have sufficient capital to move forward, everything will change — and I will be able to hire people to assist me with this type of work (using the internet as a valuable search/research tool).
But if you are a wealthy philanthropist, you don’t have to wait, you can start right now, and immediately benefit from taking the time to do searches such as the ones I have described above. I think you might find it enlightening. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have.
I would also recommend reading Paul Kingsnorth’s “Rise of the Neo-Greens” — which is the first chapter in Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth (edited by George Wuerthner, Eileen Crist and Tom Butler). This book was published in 2014.
Here is something else worth including. (This is new. This wasn’t on the original Links page.)
Sandy Irvine — someone I have a lot of respect for — has very thoughtfully put together an in-depth suggested readings list. — which he has titled: “Sandy Irvine’s ‘Deeply Green’ Book Guide.” Below, I’ve listed his “Top Twenty” books. (Irvine mentions many additional books, as well. I encourage you to click on the link and read what he wrote. There’s also contact information.)
Note: A couple years ago, I listened to an abridged, recorded version of Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac (one of the books listed below). Truthfully, I found that listening experience excruciating — I had to force myself to soldier on just to complete it. But in fairness to Leopold, that abridged version left out the meat of the book — the part where he shares his thoughts concerning “thinking like a mountain.” I’ve since learned there are (at least) two recorded versions. The other one, might not be abridged.
Now, here is the list from that link above. These are Sandy Irvine’s Top Twenty:
- State of the World, Lester Brown, et. al. (there is an annual edition)
- It’s Matter of Survival, Anita Gordon, David Suzuki (1991)
- A Green History of the World, Clive Ponting (1991)
- Betrayal of Science and Reason: How Anti-Environmental Rhetoric Threatens Our Future, Paul and Anne Ehrlich (1996)
- Elephants in the Volkswagen: Facing the Tough Questions About Our Overcrowded Country, Lindsey Grant (1992)
- Questioning Technology: Tool, Toy or Tyrant?, edited by John Zerzan Alice Carnes (1988)
- Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman (1985)
- Deep Ecology for the 21st Century: Readings on the Philosophy and Practice of the New Environmentalism, edited by George Sessions (1995)
- A Sand County Almanac: With Essays on Conservation from Round River, Aldo Leopold (Oxford Press,1987 edition)
- Naked Emperors: Essays of a Taboo-Stalker, Garrett Hardin (1982)
- Blueprint for Survival, Edward Goldsmith (1972)
- Ecology and the Politics of Scarcity Revisited: The Unraveling of the American Dream, William Ophuls (1992)
- Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run, David Brower (1996)
- Eco-Socialism or Eco-Capitalism? A Critical Analysis of Humanity’s Fundamental Choices, Saral Sarkar (1999)
- Steady-State Economics, Herman E. Daly (1997)
- The Conserver Society: Alternatives for Sustainability, Ted Trainer (1995)
- Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World, David Orr, et. al. (1992)
- Green Architecture: Design for a Sustainable Future, Brenda and Robert Vale (1991)
- Ecoforestry: The Art and Science of Sustainable Forest Use, edited by Alan Drengson and Duncan Taylor (1997)
- Cascadia Wild: Protecting an International Ecosystem, edited by Mitch Friedman and Paul Lindholdt (1993)
Perhaps some day, I’ll update this. The books appearing on that link, were all published prior to 2000. It would be nice to include some more recent books. I would also like to include links to book reviews pertaining to these books.
Unfortunately, I don’t know of any websites out there devoted to environmentalism (for lack of a better way to phrase it), that I can enthusiastically give a big thumbs up to. Even my own website — the website you are now on — doesn’t really meet my high standards. It’s just a shadow of what it could be — if I had major funding.
Usually, what I tend to notice is that vitally important information is too sparse or too vastly scattered about and too many very important things which should have been included are wholly left out. Other things I take into account are how long has a website existed, how much funding have they received and what have they actually accomplished? Also, do they have a plan of action? One that is all-inclusive and that will actually likely work if enacted? These are some of the key things I look for.
Perhaps another reason I’m reluctant to include other environmentally-themed websites here is because people tend to then view that as a full endorsement. If that person or group believes “x,” it might be assumed I hold that view as well. But I might hold a very different position. Isn’t that why you so often see disassociation statements in Twitter profiles (e.g., “RTs aren’t endorsements”), for example. These are so ubiquitous, I once saw someone simply wrote “The usual disclaimer,” and didn’t even need to elaborate any further.
Particularly where saving the planet is concerned, this is no minor detail. There is so much wrong thinking of every stripe and variety out there already, that I don’t want to unnecessarily add to or contribute to that in any way. To give one example, I like a lot of the things George Monbiot says and I like the way he communicates his thoughts. But I also believe he is wrong about a lot of things too. Very wrong. And there’s a lot he leaves out.
If I had funding, I wouldn’t be as concerned about stuff like that. Because I would be expressing my views and sharing my ideas on a consistent enough basis that people would see where I stand on all the relevant issues.
Anyhow, in the meantime, here are some other links worth sharing:
www.alternativeradio.org Perhaps someday a philanthropist will buy the rights to Helen Caldicott’s “Saving the Planet” speech outright and allow anyone to listen to it free of charge. But in the meantime, you can purchase it here. In the “SELECT AN ARCHIVED PROGRAM” drop down box, scroll down to “Saving the Planet,” for CD, transcript or MP3 purchase information.
www.randi.org I’m not sure whether the “one million dollar prize to anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence, of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event,” still stands. They were getting crushed by the veritable avalanche of false claims.
www.ffrf.org The website of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
thebricktestament.com/home.html An alternative way to read the Bible. (See also thebrickbible.com)
ItGetsBetter.Org As sex columnist Dan Savage stated in a column after the suicide of Billy Lucas, a gay Indiana teenager: “I wish I could have talked to this kid for five minutes … I wish I could have told him that, however bad things were, however isolated and alone he was, it gets better.” That’s the basic idea behind the creation of ItGetsBetter.Org — it allows people to do just that. [I much prefer the older version of this website.]
suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html Throughout the world, according to the World Health Organization, over 800,000 people commit suicide every year. That’s probably more people than you will see, hear or meet, throughout an entire year (not just in person, but on film, television, radio, over the phone, see in newspaper or magazine photos, etc.), combined.
www.worldometers.info Very interesting.
www.4hiroshimas.com Global Warming at 4 Hiroshima Atomic Bombs Per Second.
www.4imn.com (World Newspapers Web Rankings & Reviews / News search engine and directory of world newspapers.) According to this website, rankings “are based upon an algorithm including three unbiased and independent web metrics extracted from three different search engines,” including “Google Page Rank” and “Alexa Traffic Rank.” Scroll down and click on “Top 100 Newspapers in North America” for a hyperlinked list. Or click on the continents on their world map to find lists of newspapers for those continents.
www.refdesk.com Wow! (For the “top 10 newspapers in the United States by weekday circulation” find the yellow highlighted “NEWS SOURCES” heading and click on “Top 100 U.S. Newspapers” Or find and click on “List of newspapers,” then “North America” and finally “United States,” to see separate listings for “Top 25 by circulation,” “Longest running,” or search by state.)
www.quoteinvestigator.com This website — useful for fact-checking quotations — states that “Garson O’Toole has a doctorate from Yale University, and exploring quotations is one of his avocations.”
www.sciencenews.org I’m not too familiar with this website, but I’ve subscribed to the magazine for many years.
www.cbsnews.com/60-minutes According to Wikipedia, 60 Minutes (which debuted in 1968) pioneered many investigative journalism techniques; and The New York Times has called the show “one of the most esteemed news magazines on American television.”
Note: From time to time, I receive email requests to include a link on this page to organization ‘x’, ‘y’ or ‘z’. Please be advised that going forward I don’t plan to add anything additional to this page which doesn’t directly pertain to saving the planet. Thank you for your understanding.