David Orr

David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College. He is the author of numerous books, including "Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse" (Oxford, 2009). And is co-editor of "Democracy Unchained" (The New Press, 2020).

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We are at the threshold of irreversible and irrevocable global changes that will jeopardize civilization," writes Orr. "No one in previous generations could say that with the authenticity and urgency with which we assuredly can." Key questions remain. How will we respond? And will it be in time? (Image: Ms Tech/Getty) Views
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Politics and Consequences: From Climate Emergency to Coronavirus
As the coronavirus sweeps across the country, we have good reasons to ask why we were so unprepared. Why warnings went unheeded, scientists ignored, and budgets cut at the Centers for Disease Control. We should ask the same questions about the climate crisis. In both cases the causes are political...
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Thursday, November 23, 2017
Democracy at Risk in These Perilous and Trumpian Times
The following are remarks offered at the Peter B. Lewis Center on the campus of Oberlin College to open a recent two-day forum titled, " The State of American Democracy ": In 1952 theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote: “For if we should perish, the ruthlessness of the foe would be only the secondary...
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The opportunity to serve a great purpose has been laid before us. Will enough of us act in time? That's the question that remains. (Credit: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, May 26, 2014
Could This Be 'Our Finest Hour'?
For decades we in the U.S. have had increasingly authoritative and dire warnings of impending climate change. The most recent is a NASA study showing that melting in large parts of Antarctica is irreversible. Similarly, the National Climate Assessment report, states unequivocally that we are now...
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