Letters From The Earth


  • Passing Gas, Keeping Score

    Passing Gas, Keeping Score

    First, apologies for that photo in the April issue. Suffice it to say, I had no idea our editor would connect it to my comments on California’s Cap & Trade scheme, as well as my admiration for Governor Jerry Brown. Nor had I looked closely…
    Calvin Frost 05.25.18

  • Californication

    Californication

    There’s a wonderful article in Mother Jones called “Dreamers of the Golden Dream.” Mother Jones has always been one of my favorites: liberal, investigative, irreverent, and holds no hostages. In this case, however, Gabriel Kahn was…
    Calvin Frost 04.09.18

  • Taking on a new life

    In my last column I wrote about a study on the incredible growth of the plastics industry and a similar growth in plastics going to the landfill. The study concluded: “Thus without a well-designed and tailor-made management strategy for end…
    Calvin Frost 03.09.18

  • Plastic parallels

    Plastic parallels

    In my last column I mentioned that “the current linear plastics system is broken.” Sadly, like so many other truly important contributors to our society (and let’s not debate the degree of importance), many of our developments since…
    Calvin Frost 01.26.18

  • Poetry, waste and waxworm smoothies

    I think it is more than appropriate to begin my last column of 2017 with a poem by Matthew Olzmann of Dartmouth College. It’s a cry for change and a voice we need to hear and heed. “Letter to Someone Living Fifty Years from Now” fir…
    Calvin Frost 11.17.17

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sustainability

    Who owns the wind?

    Several weeks after I sent my last column to our editor, Steve Katz, a flurry of articles on energy appeared in three different newspapers.  I happened to catch them all, and they caused me to rethink my column on “circular economy.”…
    Calvin Frost 10.14.16

  • 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

  • In Transition

    In Transition

    As promised in my last column, I wanted to share Lester Brown’s vision on the energy transition, from fossil fuel to renewables, specifically wind and solar. In his most recent book, The Great Transition, he does touch on geothermal and hydropo…
    Calvin Frost 07.15.16

  • Coal’s demise and the mess that’s left

    In my last column I wrote about the opportunities to convert to “green energy,” the demise of the coal industry, and the explosion of the use of wood pellets as feedstock in commercial boilers. I seem to have struck a chord, as I’ve…
    Calvin Frost 05.20.16

  • 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

  • Another monster

    In my last column I talked about change and how difficult it is to bring cultures and philosophies together to cause change. One of the most important aspects of change is being honest, so you are able to cut through the layers of engagement, opinion…
    Calvin Frost 03.21.16

  • Loose change

    During the Christmas/New Year break I began reading Crazy Christians. So far it’s been pretty good. In one of the chapters it talked about Steve Jobs and Apple and one of their original commercials in the early 90’s. The founders of Apple…
    Calvin Frost 01.25.16