I am away for about 10 days to attend a workshop in Florence. I have had to shake the cobwebs off some of my past work in industrial ecology. I was invited based on some past work in that field. Not a bad way to get the summer started.
But the care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy goal and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only hope. -- Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace