The Long View

The Sustainable Future section publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Long View.  For information about publishing in The Long View, please see the newsletter editorial staff information.

Below is a list of our recent newsletters:

Winter 2013The Long View – No. 14

Individual Articles:

Consider This . . . “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judg-ment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms” ~President Barack Obama, 2013 inaugural address

Spring 2013The Long View – No. 13

Individual Articles:

  • Biodiversity 101: What is Biodiversity?  Amy Atwood, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity, explains the web of life, the variability of life at all levels of organization, and the correlation of biodiversity with the diversity of human cultures and languages.
  • Getting on the List Noah Greenwald, conservation biologist at the Center for Biological Diversity, describes the backlog for listing under the Endangered Species Act and the 2011 settlement to accelerate the listing decision process for 757 different species.
  • Amy Atwood and Noah Greenwald take a look at 40 years of the Endangered Species Act.
  • Why Save the Marbled Murrelet? Tanya Sanerib, Senior Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity, explains the importance for both humans and the environment to save any single species, such as the marbled murrelet in Oregon.

Upcoming event: Phil Mote to speak on June 5 on projected impacts of climate change on natural areas in Oregon.

Consider This . . . “When you get into the whole field of exploring, probably 90 percent of the kinds of organisms, plants, animals and especially microorganisms and tiny invertebrate animals are unknown.  Then you realize that we live on a relatively unexplored planet..” ~E.O. Wilson

Winter 2012The Long View – No. 12

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Consider This . . . “Society is a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are dead, and those who are yet to be born.” ~Edmund Burke

Fall 2012The Long View – No. 11

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The Sustainable Future Section congratulates Diane Henkels as this year’s recipient of the OSB President’s Sustainability Award.

Consider This . . . Is Human Activity a Substantial Cause of Global Climate Change?

Pro: “The greatest barrier to public recognition of human-made climate change is probably natural variability of local climate . . . Actions to stem emissions of the gases that cause global warming are unlikely to approach what is needed until the public recognizes that human-made climate change is underway and perceives that it will have unacceptable consequences….” ~James E. Hansen, PhD, Director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA, et al. Aug. 6, 2012 study, “Perception of Climate Change,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Con: “It is a simple fact that CO2 is plant food and the world around us evolved when levels of CO2 were five to ten times what they are today. Our green world is a consequence of atmospheric CO2. And, food for plants means food for people. The extra CO2 we are putting into the atmosphere not only invigorates the biosphere, but also enhances the yields of our food crops. This is a tremendous benefit to nature and us in my view . . .” ~John R. Christy, PhD, M.Div, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Aug. 1, 2012 testimony before the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, available at the Senate’s website.

Summer 2012The Long View – No. 10

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Consider This . . . “The ‘greatest good for the greatest number’ applies to the number within the womb of time, compared to which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction. Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method.” ~Theodore Roosevelt, 1916

Spring 2012 – The Long View – No. 9

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Consider This . . . “First we need to decide what needs to be done. Then we do it. And then we ask if it is possible.” ~Lester Brown

Winter 2011 – The Long View – No. 8

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Consider This . . . “We are seeing the birth of a new perspective of the world, where ecology and economics are two sides of the same coin ” ~Leif Johansson

Fall 2011 - The Long View – No. 7

Individual Articles:

Consider This . . . “As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.” ~Steve Jobs

Summer 2011 – The Long View – No. 6

Individual Articles

Consider This . . . “Almost anything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”  ~M.K. Gandhi

Spring 2011 – The Long View – No. 5

Individual Articles

Consider This . . . “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” ~Albert Einstein

Winter 2010 – The long View – No. 4

Individual Articles

Consider This . . . “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers  wisdom.” ~Isaac Asimov

Fall 2010 – The Long View – No. 3

Individual Articles 

Consider This . . . “Even though the relationship between economic growth, wellbeing and human happiness is tricky territory, it is territory that should no longer be avoid, if richer no longer means better, or happier..” ~UK Sustainable Development Commision (2003)

Summer 2010 – The Long View – No. 2

Individual Articles

Consider This . . . “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” ~Charles Darwin

Spring 2010 – The Long View – No. 1

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Consider This . . . “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” ~John Cage

Editor’s Note:

Thank you for reading The Long View.  Your feedback and  suggestions on content are welcome.

Michelle Slater
Michelle Slater Law LLC

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