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How George Washington used his first Thanksgiving as president to unite a new country

On Thursday, Nov. 26, 1789, George Washington woke early. Assisted by his enslaved valets – William “Billy” Lee and the young Christopher Sheels – he powdered his hair, put on his favorite black velvet suit, tied his white neckwear and donned his yellow gloves. Finally ready, he set out to travel the short distance from the […]

November 25th

On Thanksgiving, some thoughts on language and family

If you’ve got one of those families—nuclear or extended—in which talking politics at the dinner table brings out the glares and knives, or you just get bored hanging around the in-laws and outlaws of your own little clan on Thanksgiving, perhaps you can turn the whole affair into a language experiment that everybody can participate in. […]

November 25th

How to host a safe Thanksgiving meal during coronavirus – an epidemiologist explains her personal plans

Like many people in this unusual year, I am adjusting my family’s holiday plans so that we can all be safe during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. I am an epidemiologist and mother of four with a large extended family. Given the serious nationwide resurgence of COVID-19 infections, gatherings of family and friends over the upcoming […]

November 24th

‘Constructive arguing’ can help keep the peace at your Thanksgiving table

Sex, income, religion and politics – these are some of the biggies on the list of taboo topics during polite discussion. Even a conciliatory tone doesn’t always protect you if the subjects are spicy. When singer Katy Perry tweeted post-election encouragement to reach out to family members who supported the other candidate, she was skewered […]

November 24th

9 ways to make a greener Thanksgiving this year

It’s been a weird mixed bag of a year, but we still have a lot to be thankful for…  And as we officially enter the season of holiday cheer, holiday shopping and holiday excess, can we all think about the planet, too? By Jeremy Bloom  They say that green is the new black, but that […]

November 24th

This Thanksgiving, be thankful for our farmers (Let’s help them earn a decent living!)

Please try to keep in mind as you shop this holiday season: Fair Trade doesn’t just apply to African villagers and Amazon tribes – it also applies to the folks who grow our food here at home. By Jeremy Bloom An interesting note from a farmer who tried switching from big-breasted flightless corporate turkeys to heritage birds: […]

November 24th

Environmental Photographer of the Year awards show the impact of climate change on the world’s children

The winners of the environmental photographer of the year competition were announced earlier this week at COP26. The competition is organised by the environmental and water management charity CIWEM and free environmental streaming platform WaterBear. The latter has found fame with the award-winning documentary My Octopus Teacher depicting a filmmaker’s friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp […]

November 21st

Columbus day was a gift from Sleepy Hollow author Washington Irving

How Christopher Columbus went from a failed navigator to a failed governor to a successful marketing franchise, thanks to successful author Washington Irving. If it weren’t for the author of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, the master of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria would be a forgotten footnote, instead of an American symbol, and […]

October 11th

Columbus statues are coming down – why he is so offensive to Native Americans

Over the past few months, statues of Christopher Columbus have been beheaded, covered with red paint, lassoed around the head and pulled down, set on fire and thrown into a lake. Many of these protests have been led by Native American activists. But other statues have been defended by people with guns. By Sam Hitchmough, […]

October 11th

Columbus Day – or Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

The celebration of Christopher Columbus Day, the Italian explorer credited with discovering America, has faced a backlash over the years because of his maltreatment of Native American populations. Many in the U.S. are calling for a change. By Joe Difazio (Displayed with permission from International Business Times) Dozens of people gathered in Boston on Saturday […]

October 11th

Minimum Viable Planet: Does the climate crisis keep you up at night?

I think often about this great New York Times Magazine piece from a few years back, a letter of recommendation on segmented sleep, or dorveille, as the French call it, and which, like poubelle, is one of their words that punch so much classier than their weight. By Sarah Lazarovic Minimum Viable Planet Writes Jesse Barron: In the preindustrial […]

October 3rd

Climate Week NYC 2021: Climate Night sees eight late-night talk shows spotlight climate change

Thursday night marked a new first, as eight of the late-night talk shows banded together for Climate Night, dedicating their Wednesday night shows to shine a light on the climate crisis. The event was coordinated by veteran producer and writer Steve Bodow in line with Climate Week NYC and marked a positive step forwards in […]

September 26th

As U.S. football season kicks off, climate change threatens the game

For many in the United States, the first sign of fall is the start of football season. College students are back on campus and broadcasting networks are gearing up for the usual Thursday-to-Monday coverage. But the impacts of climate change have undeniably worsened in recent years, converging in a cluster of disasters each summer and […]

September 18th

Minimum Viable Planet: Judging your climate impact (and mine)

Everyone hates the preachy envirotwerp. When someone annoying says you can’t eat steak or fly to Bora Bora or buy the double-decker limited edition Yeezy Hummer, the backlash effects are profound. Eco-Insufferables make you want to buy two tickets to Bora Bora (Bora Bora Bora Bora?) just to spite them. By Sarah Lazarovic Minimum Viable Planet My […]

September 11th

EcoRight Speaks podcast: Bart Hansen on climate change’s impact on winemaking

I have a gold medal show for you, listeners. Today’s guest is Bart Hansen, the founder and owner of Dane Cellars, a winery in Sonoma Valley, California. With a lifelong passion for fine wine, Bart became a winemaker early on in his career. Then in 2007 he and his wife opened their own place where they make […]

August 4th