Connecting Kids to Creation: Everything is Interesting

by Rusty Pritchard The wiring is already there. The mental infrastructure is in place. It's up to us to provide the raw materials.  I'm not a romantic. Don't accuse me of putting the "noble savage" on a pedestal. I'm part scientist, part … [Read more...]

Animal Stewardship and the Care of Creation

Animal stewardship and the care of creation

by Rusty Pritchard For over twenty years I’ve been a student of American environmentalisms. The plural is intentional. Environmental concern flows from many springs, and though some of the streams merge, they also divide, so rarely does it form … [Read more...]

The Myth of Overpopulation

By Rusty Pritchard Flourish magazine, Winter 2011 There’s a perilous notion lurking in the minds of many in the environmental movement. Confronted with a burgeoning human population, and frustrated at the human impact on the world’s … [Read more...]

Inside Flourish

From Kendra Langdon Juskus, managing editor Flourish magazine, Winter 2011   In 2011, the world's population will hit seven billion, just 12 years after it reached the watershed 6 billion mark in 1999. Many environmental awareness advocates … [Read more...]

Haiti in the time of Cholera: A Letter from Port-au-Prince

2010 Haitian presidential election street scene.

by Rusty Pritchard [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must … [Read more...]

Film | Cool It

Reviewed by Rusty Pritchard Flourish magazine | Fall 2010   Sometimes the second version of a film idea is better than the original. In 1969 and again in 2003, The Italian Job’s Mini Coopers allowed bank robbers to escape a traffic jam … [Read more...]

The Paradox of Efficiency

Close-up of a compact flourescent light bulb.

by Rusty Pritchard [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] The advent of more efficient electric lights ought to be hailed as a great step forward for … [Read more...]

The “Other” Environmental Crisis

Overcrowded neighborhood in India

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Rusty Pritchard Think the world’s biggest environmental problems are overpopulation and climate change? Think … [Read more...]

Conserving Soil and Building Economies in Haiti

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] by Rusty Pritchard Working hard to keep my balance, I followed a barefoot 60-year-old Haitian farmer up a mountain … [Read more...]

Pursuit of Happiness Spectacularly Unsuccessful in Modern America

What makes a person rich in happiness? (cc image courtesy kevindooley on flickr)

by Rusty Pritchard [Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] The U.S. Declaration of Independence highlights the fundamental right to the pursuit of … [Read more...]

Toyotas (and Fords) 600 times more dangerous than media reports

Safer bike routes and access to public transportation, not fixed accelerators, will make transportation safe.  www.pedbikeimages.org / Laura Sandt

by Rusty Pritchard An estimated 19 people have died in crashes related to unexpected acceleration in Toyota-made vehicles over the last decade. This has led to a national uproar, dominating the news cycle and flooding dealers with recalled autos … [Read more...]

The Real Truth about Haiti and What Your Church Can Do Now and in the Future

Matthew Marek/American Red Cross

by Joanna Pritchard and Rusty Pritchard Going green as a church is an important thing to do. Getting outside is healthy and restorative. Recycling is sensible. Planting churchyard gardens that provide food for neighbors in need is huge. But if … [Read more...]

The Environmental Crisis is a Crisis of Character

The Cardinal Virtues

by Rusty Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our weekly series of reflections called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.] Wendell Berry said in The Unsettling of America that the environmental crisis is a crisis of … [Read more...]

Where have we been?

In Chicagoland, where I got to host Flourish president Rusty Pritchard, and where we filled our week with rich conversations, inspirational meetings, lessons in natural history (and enthusiasm) with first graders, some deep dish pizza, and some … [Read more...]