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Liza Field

Politics, Schmolitics—We All Want a Healthy Planet

A depressing myth about “the American people” has been debunked consistently in surveys among actual Americans.

The myth portrays U.S. citizens as pitted acrimoniously right against left, with no common ground between us and no interest in finding some.

Worse, it depicts Americans as hostile to our own homeland — happy to wreck our ecosystems, obliterate wildlife populations,...

There’s no place like home to begin saving the Earth

How was your summer getaway?

“Trip from hell,” my neighbors reported. They’d headed west to escape the mugginess, traffic, politics and heat of our Eastern states, hungry for clear mountain vistas, cool breezes, hikes and fly-fishing in Montana.

Instead, haze and heat met them. The warmed trout streams of drought-stricken Montana barely trickled. “We ate smoke for days,” they...

It will take sea change in land policies to cope with vanishing shorelines

It’s beach season along the old Atlantic seaboard, drawing crowds of us inlanders east like our creeks and rivers. We’re heading for the Bay, the Outer Banks, the Grand Strand — eager for life’s troubles to evaporate between the spanking hot sand and some breakers.

But as coastal dwellers know, life’s troubles are here to greet us. They’ve arrived in abundance, dumping down a...

Turning in Your Grave

Where do we go after dying?

The ancient spiritual question has also become a practical, ecological one today—and autumn is a ripe time to ask.

Without the rain, we’d be all washed up

God bless the summer rainstorms. If you’ve felt annoyed by these deluges, there’s a reason. You’re insane, like most of us.

We Americans love a sunny day, a bright blue dome and flat green landscape, though we live mostly indoors and wouldn’t know if a meteor had crashed down across the street.

We also love our coffee and microbrews, our local growers and meat-on-the-grill,...

A Currency Drop

God bless the summer rainstorms.

If you’ve felt annoyed by these deluges, there’s a reason. You’re insane, like most of us.

We Americans love a sunny day, a bright blue dome and flat green landscape, though we live mostly indoors and wouldn’t know if a meteor had crashed down across the street.

A Gift of the Sea

It’s beach season along the old Atlantic seaboard, drawing crowds of us inlanders east like our creeks and rivers. We’re heading for the Bay, the Outer Banks, the Grand Strand—eager for life’s troubles to evaporate between the spanking hot sand and some breakers.

But as coastal dwellers know, life’s troubles are here to greet us. They’ve arrived in abundance, dumping down a...

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About Liza Field

Liza Field is a hiker and conservationist. She teaches English and philosophy in the Virginia Governor’s School and Wytheville Community College.

 

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