February 2017

“Fairfax County falls behind in addressing the climate crisis” – A Washington Post Op-Ed

meg, February 20, 2017

Ten years ago, Fairfax County pledged to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. The commitment, known as the Cool Counties pledge, was announced with fanfare and is still featured prominently on the county website. The goals of the pledge are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from public and private sources by 80 percent by 2050. The county’s… Read more »

Faith, Policy, and the Environment: Interview with Supervisor Penny Gross

meg, February 16, 2017

Supervisor Penny Gross is the current Supervisor for the Mason district of Fairfax County, which she was first elected to in November 1995, and was re-elected to her sixth term on November 3, 2015.  Supervisor Gross also serves as vice-chair of the Board, as well as the chair of the Board’s Personnel Policy and Reorganization… Read more »

Two Steps Forward… (February Newsletter)

meg, February 14, 2017

In a time when there’s tension between justice and love, how do we fight the hatred without becoming one who hates? Here on the local level, where neighbors have to look each other in the eye, there is still civility and respect . . . even among people who disagree. Read on for good news… Read more »

A 12-Step Program for a Healthy Mind and Environment in Today’s World

meg, February 4, 2017

While digesting the recent election results, I’ve considered how to cope and to protect what we value.  Here is my tentative 12-step program.   Accept the Electoral College result, but do not acquiesce in a policy rampage against the climate, the environment or the health and welfare of people and ecosystems.  The pro-environment candidate got… Read more »