Gregory Dicum

Gregory Dicum is the author of Window Seat: Reading the Landscape from the Air. He writes a biweekly column for SFGate, the online edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, and has written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Mother Jones, and others.

  • Fed up with breast-milk contamination, mothers form a national activist group

    Mary Brune looked worried. “I don’t know what the problem is,” she said, peering at the generator in the grass. Attached to it was a blower that was, in turn, attached to a puddle of yellow nylon. The next morning, …

  • In B.C., a landmark rainforest-protection agreement was just the beginning

    It took 10 years of work to protect British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. Photos: Gregory Dicum The Great Bear Rainforest, stretching from Vancouver Island to the Alaska Panhandle on the wild, rugged coast of British Columbia, is that rarest of …

  • It's all connected ...

    A weekend at Bioneers

    This weekend the eco/new-agey/NoCal faithful gathered in Marin for the annual Bioneers conference. I’ve gone several times in the past, and it’s always an interesting experience, and not for the obvious reasons …

  • Polluting my bathroom

    You know that little rubber duckie in your bathroom? I always thought the little fella was sorta cute, nestled there between the shampoo and the loofa. Well, it turns out the little ducky’s not so rubber after all — it’s …

  • Sea-ing climate change for yourself

    San Francisco visualizes rising seas

    I love living in San Francisco, where not only do we have a City Department of the Environment, but it’s teamed up with the Sierra Club on an environmental art/advocacy project that is all at once simple, creative, thought-provoking, cheap, …

  • Frank Scura’s green ideas are sick

    Xtremely green demo at a Whole Foods in San Mateo, Calif. Photo: Courtesy ASEC  With the recent profusion of green takes on everything from diapers to caskets, Frank Scura’s proposition might sound like more of the same: “We’re about greening …

  • Green-burial movement gets more ambitious

    Resting in peace at Ramsey Creek. Photo: Memorial Ecosystems. “I’d prefer to be put in the ground, under a tree,” says Joe Sehee, contemplating his inevitable demise. “But I don’t want to go in the ground with anything, I just …

  • Free as a jailbird

    When I spoke to Jeff Luers by phone from Oregon State Prison, our wide-ranging talk covered more than just his political views. Having never spent time in prison — and hoping never to do so — I was curious about …

  • An interview with jailed “eco-terrorist” Jeffrey Luers

    In 2000, 21-year-old Jeff Luers and an accomplice set fire to three pickup trucks at a dealership in Eugene, Ore., to bring attention to gas-guzzlers’ contribution to global warming. They were promptly arrested. Luers, who refused to plea bargain, was …