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Minding the Earth, Mending the World: Zen and the Art of Planetary Crisis

by Susan Murphy Counterpoint (April 21, 2014)

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi founded the San Francisco Zen Center in 1962, and after fifty years we have seen a fine group of Zen masters trained in the west take up the mantle and extend the practice of Zen in ways...


Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North

by Nancy Lord Counterpoint (January 10, 2011)

In Shishmaref, Alaska, new seawalls are constructed while residents navigate the many practical and bureaucratic obstacles to moving their entire island village to higher ground. Farther south, inland hunters...


Because It Is So Beautiful

by Robert Leonard Reid Counterpoint (June 01, 2017)

Taking its title from an affecting speech given by renowned author Barry Lopez, Because It Is So Beautiful is a response to desperate questions surrounding the protection and preservation of America’s wildlands....


Where Bigfoot Walks

by Robert Michael Pyle Counterpoint (August 01, 2017)

Where Bigfoot Walks is a spectacular, moving, and witty narrative exploration of not only the phenomenon of Bigfoot, but also the human need to believe that something is out there beyond the campfire, and that...


Practice Resurrection

by Erik Reece Counterpoint (March 01, 2017)

A student of Wendell Berry and Guy Davenport, Erik Reece is a strong and eloquent voice for a new generation of dedicated activists fighting on behalf of the embattled wilderness and the future of our planet....


Deeply Rooted

by Lisa M. Hamilton Counterpoint (March 25, 2009)

A century of industrialization has left our food system riddled with problems, yet for solutions we look to nutritionists and government agencies, scientists and chefs. Lisa M. Hamilton asks: Why not look to...


Nature as Measure: The Selected Essays of Wes Jackson

by Wes Jackson & Wendell Berry Counterpoint (September 01, 2011)

Wes Jackson can teach us many things about the land, soil, and conservation, but what most resonates is this: The ecosphere is self-regulating, and as often as we attempt to understand it, we are not its builders,...


Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a time of Planetary Change

by Kathleen Dean Moore Counterpoint (February 01, 2016)

Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation...


The Essential Agrarian Reader: The Future of Culture, Community, and the Land

by Norman Wirzba & Barbara Kingsolver Counterpoint (October 15, 2015)

Agrarian philosophy, a compelling worldview with advocates around the globe, encourages us to develop practices and policies that promote the sustainable health of the land, community, and culture. In this remarkable...


The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America

by Summer Brennan Counterpoint (August 01, 2015)

It all began simply enough. In 1976 the Point Reyes Wilderness Act was passed with broad support, giving more than 33,000 acres of forest, grassland and shoreline the highest possible environmental protection...


The Age of Consequences: A Chronicle of Concern and Hope

by Courtney White & Wendell Berry Counterpoint (January 01, 2015)

Our planet is approaching a critical environmental juncture. Across the globe we continue to deplete the five pools of carbon – soil, wood, coal, oil, and natural gas – at an unsustainable rate. We’ve burned...