Letters From The Earth


  • Green Chemistry, Continued...

    Green Chemistry, Continued...

    “Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others.”
    Calvin Frost 10.06.17

  • Biology and Balance

    Earlier this year I mentioned that I would write a column on “bio” or green chemistry. It’s complicated and requires a chemistry primer. But, the real key, after you understand the chemistry, is that bio technology helps make life c…
    Calvin Frost 09.11.17

  • Dear Mr. President

    A look at President Trump's position on the Paris Accord.
    Calvin Frost 07.14.17

  • Carbon tax: the political football

    President Sean Decatur of Kenyon College joined the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (i.e., the Paris Accord for colleges and universities) because he wanted his college to “work toward achieving a net zero c…
    Calvin Frost 05.30.17

  • Learn from the twitterpated Tom Clarke

    How many of you know what “twitterpated” means? I’m being serious. Twitterpated means “infatuated or obsessed, in a state of nervous excitement.” Look it up. Of course, you’ll need Frost’s New World Dictionar…
    Calvin Frost 04.07.17

  • Making sense of the future with Sidely

    I have a simple pattern that I follow when trying to write these columns. I sit at my writing desk, which looks out onto our backyard reflecting on the complexity of worldly issues while enjoying the peace and beauty of our gardens and back nature ar…
    Calvin Frost 03.13.17

  • The Label Designer

    How to engage a graphics professional to expand your services.
    Jack Kenny 01.20.17

  • Patagonia’s wetsuit

    Before I tell you the Patagonia story, I need to make a position statement about President-elect Donald Trump’s position on the environment. I won’t write about my view of the man, just that he embraces fossil fuels, has vowed to roll bac…
    Calvin Frost 01.20.17

  • A circular economy, ‘a better future’

    Thomas Jefferson said, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” Anne Gaasbeek of Pré Consultancy in the Netherlands echoes much the same in an article in the Public Affairs section of a FINAT publicati…
    Calvin Frost 11.14.16

  • The answer is blowin’ in the wind

    Since my last column on Lester Brown’s The Great Transition, I’ve had a number of emails from readers reminding me that some of the transitions to renewables have slowed down because of availability of cheap natural gas. They’re abs…
    Calvin Frost 09.07.16

  • Drivers wanted

    Don’t be a passenger. Find something, it doesn’t make any difference what, and just get involved. Make a difference even if attitudes and behaviors of others overwhelm your idea or your focus. Don’t be a passenger. I was struck by t…
    Calvin Frost 04.08.16

  • Sustainability
    Capitalism combats pollution

    Capitalism combats pollution

    I didn’t get invited to The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics Conference in Santa Barbara, CA, USA in March and I can’t figure out why. I’m the only voice of reason in the ongoing debate on “Emissons vs. Efficiency”…
    Calvin Front 06.03.15

  • Sustainability

    Trust me

    I love this: “All statements are true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense and true and false and meaningless in som…
    Calvin Frost 04.16.15

  • The preposterous pipeline

    Lester Brown will close the Earth Policy Institute (EPI) at the end of June. He will retire and EPI will cease to function as a global environmental think tank. I was sad to hear this but understand his rationale. Lester is 80 and good for him to rec…
    Calvin Frost 03.09.15

  • Talk about choice and change

    Wow.  Bill, do you remember John? No, not that John.  John Hall, the guy who started Goose Island Brewery.  You’re not going to believe this, but I ran into John during the holidays. I had stopped to have a beer and a brat at his…
    Calvin Frost 01.26.15

  • Messages of hope

    As we close 2014, two celebrations need to be shared. Both affect the way I think about our world, our land, and the need to conserve and follow good practices that protect and nurture. One is a glimpse into purpose and passion and leaves a message I…
    Calvin Frost 11.17.14

  • Keep the change

    Thursday at Labelexpo was a bit slower than Tuesday and Wednesday. It gave me a chance to walk the show and look for change, change that would affect our industry and make an impact. While Tuesday and Wednesday were exhilarating, it was a grueling 48…
    Calvin Frost 10.10.14

  • Second chances

    I was reading Dr. Seuss before I went to visit my friend Jack in the hospital. He had a terrible strain of pneumonia and nearly died. The staff at the hospital induced a coma for about two weeks. He lived with a respirator and a feeding tube during t…
    Calvin Frost 09.09.14

  • Thunder and lignin

    I just sent $50 to Friends of the Earth.  I don’t know how they found me but they did.  I suppose I’m on every “green” list in the world and most of the time the request for money falls on deaf ears. The messages are…
    Calvin Frost 07.21.14

  • It’s all about people

    People really do make a difference. Sure, when we talk about driving change to more sustainable practices, it’s stewardship. But, at the end of the day, it is focus and commitment by individuals that effect change.  There are several stori…
    06.02.14