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EarthDesk is pleased to return after a brief summer hiatus. In the coming year, we will focus special attention on members of our own species whose sustainability is challenged daily by poverty, food insecurity, illness, homelessness and bigotry. After all, if we cannot create a society that will sustain ourselves, how can we build a world that will sustain other living things? In that spirit, the first EarthDesk Sunday of the new university year features this recent cartoon from the excellent Pat Bagley.

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“Poisoning the Poor” by Pat Bagley. Via Cagle Cartoons. Used with permission.

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Patrick “Pat” Bagley is an American editorial cartoonist and journalist for The Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City, Utah. His cartoons have appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian of London, The Times of London, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the Los Angeles Times. He has produced more than 10,000 cartoons for the Tribune.

Pat is also an illustrator and author of independent political cartoons and children’s books. His liberal political stance contrasts with the conservative state of Utah, and has influenced several books of political cartoons and humor. Bagley’s 2002 book Dinosaurs of Utah and Dino Destinations was nominated for the Utah Children’s Book of the Year. Bagley was the recipient of the 2007 Torch of Freedom Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. Bagley was awarded the 2009 Herblock Prize for editorial cartooning by a unanimous panel of judges, made up of Garry Trudeau, Jules Feiffer and John Sherffius, representing the Herb Block Foundation.

More on Pat Bagley at the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists.

See more of Pat Bagley’s work at Cagle Cartoons.