Author Archives: Keith Akers

Megafauna Extinctions and Overpopulation

Extinction is a hot topic these days. Megafauna — those “big animals” whose average size is 100 pounds or more — are going extinct at an alarming rate. There is huge popular sympathy for elephants, whales, tigers, giraffes, apes, and … Continue reading

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Earth Day Veganism

Environmentalism requires veganism. Livestock agriculture is hugely wasteful of natural resources, and is the leading cause of climate change. And this is not to mention the California drought, species extinction, and deforestation — all exacerbated by livestock agriculture, and all … Continue reading

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Degrowth and Veganism

How can we deal with climate change, let alone peak oil, water shortages, deforestation, and everything else — given that truly effective environmental action would probably stop the economy from growing and totally change everyone’s lifestyle? Our whole economy depends … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Ecological Economics, Limits to Growth, Nonviolence, Peak oil, Politics, or the lack thereof, Simple living, Urban Life, Vegetarianism / Veganism | 2 Comments

The Drought in California

The California drought is not going away anytime soon. And guess what uses more water than anything else in California? Livestock agriculture. The environmental reasons for veganism suddenly are getting more credibility and attention. The recent film Cowspiracy, and the … Continue reading

Posted in Climate change, Ecological Economics, Limits to Growth, Politics, or the lack thereof, Vegetarianism / Veganism | 5 Comments

This Changes Everything — Review

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein. Simon & Schuster, 2014. For Naomi Klein, the climate change issue changes everything: the only way to deal with climate change is to change capitalism. We need fundamentally to alter … Continue reading

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Sinkholes in Siberia

There is some good news and bad news about the massive sinkholes in Siberia. The good news is, people are beginning to become very concerned about them! Some people (such as Alexei Portnov) are concerned for the obvious reason; this … Continue reading

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Moral Tribes — review

Moral Tribes.  Emotion, Reason and the Gap Between Us and Them.  By Joshua Greene.  Penguin Press, 2013. What’s the best way to talk about moral issues? This is obviously something that activists worry about a lot, whether their cause is … Continue reading

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The Modern Savage — review

The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals, by James McWilliams. Thomas Dunne Books, 2015. Industrialized animal agriculture is morally and intellectually bankrupt. Society is slowly but increasingly becoming aware of the cruel, unnatural, and environmentally harmful aspects of … Continue reading

Posted in Animals and ethics, Backyard livestock, Literature / Publishing | 3 Comments

God is not going to put more oil in the ground

There has been a huge drop in oil prices since last July. Many environmentalists don’t know what to make of this. Some are saying that the fall of prices should get us to rethink the “flawed” argument for peak oil, … Continue reading

Posted in Ecological Economics, Limits to Growth, Peak oil | 7 Comments

“Animals in Earliest Christianity”

I will be giving a talk on “Animals in Earliest Christianity” to the Animal Rights Academy in Toronto this Tuesday. Alas, I will not be there physically, but I’ll Skype in via computer, and I understand that the conversation can … Continue reading

Posted in Animals and ethics, Christianity, Religion and spirituality, Vegetarianism / Veganism | 5 Comments