Bill Mitchell is NCR climate editor. He first wrote for NCR as a student at the University of Notre Dame in 1967 and served on the NCR board from 1998 to 2004. As a reporter for the Detroit Free Press and Knight Ridder, his assignments included city hall bureau chief, Washington correspondent and European correspondent. He was Detroit bureau chief for TIME, director of electronic publishing at the San Jose Mercury News and editor of Poynter Online. More recently, he has taught journalism ethics at Northeastern University. He lives in Brookline, Ma. His email address is

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Student activists speaking up for the planet, then and now

Perspective: On the same day that Notre Dame students called on Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the South Bend Common Council to enact a version of the Green New Deal, former students recalled their demands from 50 years ago.

EarthBeat Weekly: Listening to students (thousands of them)

Last week was my first visit to the Ignatian Solidarity Network event in D.C. I came away inspired.

Notre Dame's Jenkins charts insider's path on climate crisis

As convener of two Vatican gatherings of oil moguls, Holy Cross Fr. John Jenkins is well-positioned to assess what it will take to move them to address the crisis their companies have helped create.

EarthBeat Weekly: Time for a veggie Thanksgiving

With the holiday less than two weeks away, it’s time to begin planning the menu -- especially if you’re considering a radical departure from tradition.

Our extended family household (across the hall apartments) includes three vegetarians and three meat-eaters. Many of our combined meals include both meat and veg to pick from. 

But the time seems right for a holiday celebration that goes all veg.