I am fragile, I don’t live very long. I enjoy life, I want to live. I care. I care for you although you don’t always see it or know or feel it. I just want to the world to work. I just want us to be able to live, to be safe. I want for others what I want for myself. Warmth, sustenance, a tasty bite to eat. Sleep, safety. I am more aware than you think. I have more in common with you than might be recognized. We have a great deal in common. We are all connected. What…


2020 has exposed myriad ways in which human individuals are not the center of the story of the universe, the galaxy, Planet Earth or even our own human world.

On Halloween last year I sat in the Mendocino County, California sun with a 24-pound pumpkin lodged on my head in front of an iPhone camera waiting for my chance to deliver a brief toast for my dear old friend at his (historic, Halloween-)Zoom wedding. Before my turn I serendipitously heard a story in another toast in which was discussed the possibility that the corn plant had employed human beings to…


Climate Terror and Systemic Oppression

It’s time to call a spade a spade, it’s time to connect the dots. Fossil fuels are killing people, particularly those at higher risk. Many are dying right now, but in the near future people face a massacre of unprecedented proportions. It starts with Planet Earth’s mass extinction event taking place right now — but it doesn’t end there.

The story of the destruction of the Planet Earth’s living ecosphere and the history of systemic racism have much in common. Both are centered in “colonialism,” in other words, oppression. Both land and people faced and are facing oppression — and…


The Hope of Kingdom Plantae/Plant Hope

In a profound way, the fate of the human species rests on the fate of plants. Plants form the foundation of life on Earth. They are critical to human life as well. They feed us, they keep us warm and keep us cool; they soothe our soul, let us breathe, and give us respite from the storms. There is profound hope in Kingdom Plantae; but there is also a somber warning. Right now the human relationship with plants is at a critical juncture.

One could say that Planet Earth is being haunted by the…


Planet Earth has been infected with a deadly virus. That virus is the fossil fuel industry and its greenhouse gases that seriously threaten humanity as well as most life on earth — and sooner than you might think. The sooner that preventative measures are taken, the more lives will be saved.

Sweeping through the world like a morbid wildfire, Covid-19 has displayed a combustive nature. Lurking at the surface is another beast of pandemic proportions: the climate crisis. This pandemic and the climate crisis have much in common: they both involve complex and chain-reactive processes at the microscopic level that…

Theodore Grudin

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