Rights of Nature and the Natural World

Guest post by Zeeshan Khan and Michelle Thompson Mother Earth has provided food, water, and protection for humans for more than 6 million years. Yet since the industrial revolution, consumption of natural resources has only increased. We now face a grim future: protect nature or suffer the consequences without it. Does nature have rights? Read […]

Phantom Forests: Why We Should Be Skeptical About Planting Trees

Guest Post By Michelle Thompson Many companies and government bodies over time have said something like: “As part of our climate change initiative, we’ll be planting X number of trees!” Forests are an incredibly efficient way to capture carbon from the atmosphere. But how well do these tree planting initiatives actually work? Why do organizations […]

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Four Types of North Carolina Forests (and Where to Find Them)

Guest Post by Amal Dadi Did you know that North Carolina is one of the most ecologically unique states in the country? Discover the forests right here in your backyard! From mountains to sea, North Carolina contains at least eight defined climate zones. This diversity of habitats means that natural spaces in North Carolina are […]

Your Small Changes Won’t Save the Planet. And That’s OK

Guest post by Michelle Thompson There’s a common story that we can save the planet through small changes to our lifestyles. Headlines bombard us every day with all the things we can and should do for the planet. The media tells us that if we recycle, compost, and bring our reusable bags, we can reduce […]

Why is a Japanese Delegation Visiting Rural Mississippi?

Guest Post By Carmella Wren-Causey Across the world, countries are interested in the growing bioenergy industry’s claims about carbon neutrality. Woody biomass companies like Drax and Enviva claim that burning wood pellets instead of coal won’t contribute to climate change. This claim is not backed up by science, but the myth still persists. Many European […]