Nature in cities

This week I was lucky enough to catch a screening of a new one-hour documentary called The Nature of Cities, made by local Boulder filmmaker Chuck Davis along with urban planning professor Timothy Beatley of the University of Virginia.

The film spotlights oases of nature in urban areas around the world, including San Diego, Amsterdam, and Stockholm. There are vertical gardens in some cities, like this work by Patrick Blanc in Paris:

Hotel Département Hauts de Seine, copyright Véronique Lalot.

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From a contemplative weekend

I just spent several beautiful and quiet days next to Tomales Bay and Point Reyes, California. (Yes, by myself I’m raising the earth temp from all my recent air travel.) The occasion was a retreat for academics sponsored by the … Read More…

We, the Earth: Ecological crisis as spiritual practice

“There is no separate self,” say the Buddhists. Twenty-five years ago I couldn’t warm up to the idea. Of course selves are separate; that’s why I was putting so much individual work into building one. Separate self? It was repetitious, … Read More…