Many are now calling for an ecological civilization as an alternative to more exploitation and extraction, another pathway for human civilization to take.
Today the residents of the Barnesville area are concerned but that patient concern is wearing thin and more militant action has been discussed.
On this day in 1945, the Manhattan Project came to an explosive end as the first atom bomb was successfully tested in New Mexico.
This incident offers further vindication for what environmentalists have been saying all along: that accidents are unavoidable in this ecologically sensitive region.
They say that Oak Flat will be "damaged" by the mine. "Damaged" is an understatement. A two mile wide, 1,000 foot deep crater will result from the mining.
A divided Supreme Court ruled against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.
The government will provide disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue.
The Pope calls for serious and immediate action to address climate change and other environmental crises.
The day addresses drought and desertification, and is meant to help implement the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.
"Shell wants to haul its Arctic destroyer to Alaska as soon as possible, but these courageous individuals are saying, 'Shell No.' "