Aldo Leopold was a hunter. The icon of the environmental movement, the man who taught us not to exploit the land but understand its complexities, wasn’t a bloodthirsty killer. He believed that hunting taught us the struggles of the natural world that humans belong in, whether we choose to see that or not. As a young forester in New Mexico, Leopold killed a mother wolf and her cubs, believing that wolves as a species were bad, echoing the thinking of the time. Watching the mother die shook him. Eventually, he changed his mind about wiping out a predator species....
Nature Climate Change volume 1, March 2011
Research psychologist Niamh Murtagh has spent the past few years studying why people find it hard to stop using their cars so much. She wanted her son, Ben, to get to school by walking — a trip of only 15 minutes. Even though Ben did not complain, Murtagh saw that Ben envied his friend, Jack, who lived closer to the school, but whose mother drove him in an SUV. “I wondered whether status and image or identity were part of their decision,” Murtagh said, adding, “In my own case, I felt that I was more likely to be seen as a 'do-gooder', even self-righteous,...
Connecticut Explored, Fall 2010
Over the past several years, my pursuit of information about the “real” Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series of children’s books (written from 1932 to 1943), has led me to restored houses, museums, courthouses, and libraries in Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota,