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Science and Health

Science is fundamentally a collective pursuit of knowledge through open sharing and collaboration over many generations. Advances in health care and wellness also flow from public research and healing traditions that belong to us all. An urgent challenge of out time is finding a better balance between commerce and the commons in these critical areas that profoundly affect everyone.

(By Herald Post under a Creative Commons license)

August 7, 2015

The New Ecofeminism

Fulfilling our sacred responsibilities to future generations

In the Netherlands, older people bike at exactly the same rate as the rest of the population-- about 25 percent of all trips. (Photo by Amsterdamize under a Creative Commons license.)

July 27, 2015

Older Americans Rediscover Bikes

They pedal for fun, health, transportation and to enjoy a stronger sense of community

Pope Francis speaking at the European Parliament last year. (Photo by the European Parliament under a Creative Commons license.) 

July 21, 2015

Pope Francis's Green Message Provokes Strong Reactions

Major media call it "apocalyptic" and "profoundly pessimistic." While many people find it filled with hope.

(Photo by Lee Morley under a Creative Commons license.)

July 20, 2015

Strengthening the Culture of Caring

Social exclusion and bullying rip at the fabric of the commons. Several new initiatives want everyone to feel they belong.

(Photo by Matt Karp under a Creative Commons license.)

June 24, 2015

National Walking Summit Make Strides Toward Healthier Future For All

People from across America gather in DC this fall to show why walking should be seen as a fundamental human right

Novelist and libertarian guru Ayn Rand considered altruism a form of "self-destruction." (Photo illustration by Playing Futures under a Creative Commons license.)  

May 28, 2015

Ayn Rand vs. Adam Smith

Health care debate depends on whether you believe compassion is a virtue or a vice

(By LaDawna Howard under a CC license.)

January 12, 2015

The 2014 Election Could Have Turned Out Differently

What if Democrats had forced a deeper discussion about Obamacare?

Drinking water for New York City is protected by strict land use policies in places far from the city. (By David Leip under a CC license.)

January 6, 2015

An Unexpected Success Story Links Our Health to Wild Lands

Conservation policies ensure both safe drinking water and ecological preservation

By Chuck Grimmett under a CC license

December 9, 2014

Alaska Deftly Balances Privacy Rights and Public Interest

Smart policies on marijuana, alcohol and drugs should be model for US Supreme Court

By Alba Soler under a CC license

October 30, 2014

Our Children's Trust

An organization that boldly challenges us to protect the Earth for future generations