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CONTENT FOR ISSUE 223
Voice of a Humanist: The Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy / Simon ParcherSometimes the word 'humanism' makes people assume that the humanist approach to life is only concerned with the welfare of human beings. In reality, humanists believe that we should consider the ecological impact of our choices and actions on the environment and all life on the planet.
EDITORIAL: Ecohumanism: Let Us Pray? / Gary BauslaughHow should we react to an existential crisis? The first reaction of many religious people is to pray, an action that is unhelpful at best and dysfunctions at worst. Our ecological crisis requires very serious and thoughtful analysis, not comforting self-delusions.
Can Using ‘Rights of Nature' Protect Old Growth Forests? / Thor HenrichForests are not only important habitat for wildlife, but also essential to the human world as ways of sequestering carbon, retaining water and moderating temperature extremes. Current clear-cut logging practices should be stopped.
Planet Earth: Habitat for Humanity Only? / Madeline WeldJust how completely we humans have reversed the typical size and food pyramids is evident by considering our biomass – the weight of all humanity on Earth. The human biomass constitutes approx. 33% of terrestrial mammalian biomass; domestic animals, almost 66% and wild animals only about 4%.
Happy Girl: The Latimer Dialogues 2 / Gary BauslaughThe second part (of 5) of the verbatim rendering of the trials of Robert Latimer is presented here. Covered here is dramatic testimony from medical witnesses and others.
Geothermal Electricity - Energy Source for the Existential Emergency / Barrie WebsterWhy is there so little apparent interest in an energy source which could be relatively inexpensive, inexhaustible, and safe? Geothermal energy seems likely to be an energy source in the future.
The Grizzly Trophy – a dialogue / Trudy GovierIs there any any justification for the so-called sport of big game trophy hunting? Philosopher Trudy Govier examines the arguments in dialogue form.
I am a Factualist / Clifford LeznoffWhat kind of “ist” are you? Scientist Clifford Leznoff argues that the term “factualist” better describes the identity of many of those who call themselves “humanists.”
Integral Humanism, World-System, and Sustainability / Glen T MartinWith the development of complex machinery, technology, and the discovery of fossil fuels for running that machinery, the modern world exploded in a series of industrial revolutions that have transformed not only human living in the world but has damaged the ecological framework of the Earth portending climate destruction and...
Who's Afraid of Charles Darwin? / Lorna SalzmanProgress, it seems, is anything we don’t have now and what we will inevitably get in the future, if we will only trust its vendors, open our minds and empty our pockets. Progress, it also seems, is everything that has happened for the past five million years, since the human...
Humanist Perspectives Short Submission Contest 223 / WebmasterWe invite you to share your humanist views with us in a paragraph or two (MAX 1000 chars) on one of the following subjects reflected by these 3 images.