Chip Ward

Chip Ward told of his adventures as a grassroots organizer of campaigns to make polluters accountable in Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West. In Hope's Horizon: Three Visions for Healing the American Land, he described the visionary conservation projects that are the focus of his current activism. He is a former library administrator who now lives next to Capitol Reef National Park. His online essays are collected at his website.

Pollution

From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Earth

Photo: Eric WagnerThis essay was originally published on TomDispatch and is republished here with Tom’s kind permission. What if rising sea levels are yet another measure of inequality? What if the degradation of our planet’s …

Climate Change

How the West was lost to wildfires

See those massive columns of acrid smoke drifting eastward? It's a smoke signal warning us that a globally warming world is not a matter of some future worst-case scenario -- it's happening right here, right …

it's nuked the fridge

How the 'peaceful atom' became a serial killer

Replacing coal and oil with nuclear power is like trading heroin for crack.

Red Snow Warning

The end of welfare water and the drying of the West

This essay was originally published on TomDispatch and is republished here with Tom’s kind permission. Pink snow is turning red in Colorado. Here on the Great American Desert — specifically Utah’s slickrock portion of it …

After the green economy, green security

How to build resilient communities in a chaotic world

This is a guest essay by Chip Ward, a former grassroots organizer/activist who has led several successful campaigns to hold polluters accountable. He described his political adventures in Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in …