Category Archives: Activism

“NO on KXL”: Does This Change Anything?

Jon Quitslund In the days since President Obama announced that he was, at long last, nixing the KXL pipeline, stories about the decision have had prominent places in the news cycle, and my email inbox has been crowded with messages … Continue reading

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Lines for the Summer Solstice, 2015

Jon Quitslund Lines for the Summer Solstice, 2015 The sun stands still, Our heads are spinning; We’re in the middle of a long emergency. O father sun, enlighten us. The human heart is a dark place, The human world, the … Continue reading

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NO on the Keystone XL Pipeline

Jon Quitslund “Guard well our human chain,/ Watch well you keep it strong,/As long as sun will shine.” (Pete Seeger, 1919-2014) I am writing in anticipation of a demonstration in Seattle on Monday, February 3, saying “NO” in response to the … Continue reading

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Our “Island Values”: What Are They?

Jon Quitslund A while ago the managers of Inside Bainbridge, an invaluable online source for news and commentary on local affairs, put up “Tips for Bainbridge Island Newbies (& Visitors).”  I found the tips both witty and informative.  Among the … Continue reading

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My Sense of Place (II), Concluded

Jon Quitslund This essay was composed in two separate time frames, beginning more than a month ago. I’ve revised the first part but some awkwardness remains. In the bright and warm weather earlier in the month, I spent the best … Continue reading

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Bainbridge Island’s Green Power Challenge

Jon Quitslund How much of the electricity used in your home comes from ‘green’ sources? A fair number of households on Bainbridge are now equipped with solar panels, generating for themselves some, if not all, of the power they use.  … Continue reading

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Earth Day Here, Now, Always

Jon Quitslund “On its anniversary, Earth Day is worth not just celebrating but also studying – as a story with political lessons.” This is the last sentence in a thought-provoking essay by Nicholas Lemann, “When the Earth Moved,” in The … Continue reading

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The Future of Freedom

Jon Quitslund I’ve begun this on the eve of this year’s observation of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  At church this morning, the service was dedicated to Dr. King, and a passage from one of his speeches was … Continue reading

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Responding to Global Weirdness & Local Brightness

Jon Quitslund “We are gripped by multiple scleroses, unable to get our arms around any of the problems staring us in the face….Will a catastrophe shake us from our slumber?”  (part of an online comment by ‘Cassandra’ from Colorado) I’ll … Continue reading

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“Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth”

My title for this piece is the subtitle of the book I’ll be discussing here: HOT, by Mark Hertsgaard, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2011 and now available in paperback. Throughout my work on this piece and in all … Continue reading

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