Sustainability Throughout Children's Lives

The Long View

If you’ve had a child, you’ve probably thought about what the planet will look like in the future. Really, even if you haven’t had a child, you’ve probably thought about that at least 1 to a million times.

When this miraculous event occurred (having the child, not thinking about the future), did you begin to take steps to mitigate your and your family’s impact on the planet? Oftentimes, with babies comes more waste. It’s not always the case, but it is more often than not in our Western culture.

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Nikki Pava is the founder of Alegria Partners, and with a decade of leadership in the sustainability movement, she and her company work with entrepreneurs and business leaders to design, implement, and measure profitable sustainability strategies for their companies.

Prior to her work at Alegria Partners, Nikki founded EcoTuesday, a national networking forum that facilitated vital connections and essential change in the business community. EcoTuesday hosted more than 300 events in 12 cities across the country and brought together hundreds of sustainability professionals, making a positive impact in each city.

Nikki holds an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. She lives in an eco-community in Costa Rica and is currently writing a book about teams in businesses that focus on reaching their company’s climate change goals.

Sustainability Throughout Children's Lives

If you’ve had a child, you’ve probably thought about what the planet will look like in the future. Really, even if you haven’t had a child, you’ve probably thought about that at least 1 to a million times.

When this miraculous event occurred (having the child, not thinking about the future), did you begin to take steps to mitigate your and your family’s impact on the planet? Oftentimes, with babies comes more waste. It’s not always the case, but it is more often than not in our Western culture.

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About The Author

Nikki Pava's picture

Nikki Pava is the founder of Alegria Partners, and with a decade of leadership in the sustainability movement, she and her company work with entrepreneurs and business leaders to design, implement, and measure profitable sustainability strategies for their companies.

Prior to her work at Alegria Partners, Nikki founded EcoTuesday, a national networking forum that facilitated vital connections and essential change in the business community. EcoTuesday hosted more than 300 events in 12 cities across the country and brought together hundreds of sustainability professionals, making a positive impact in each city.

Nikki holds an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. She lives in an eco-community in Costa Rica and is currently writing a book about teams in businesses that focus on reaching their company’s climate change goals.

How to Talk About Ethical Issues in the Classroom

Research suggests a helpful, three-part framework for discussing issues of right and wrong.

BY EMILY CAMPBELL | Greater Good Science Center

“That’s not fair!” “She hit me on purpose.” “He’s not following the rules.”

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

My Truth About Bullying

When I was in 4th grade, I bullied someone.

So hard to admit this, but it’s true.

The girl I bullied was very pretty. She had long, curly, gorgeous locks. Her stay-at-home mom put her hair in a bow each day. Her clothes were new and clean and pressed, many of them hand-made by her mom. She was quiet and sweet. A living doll. In my young mind, she had the whole of her mom’s attention.

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Katie McClain, SEP is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, author, and certified life coach. She’s been coaching for 25+ years and uses Somatic Experiencing®, a gentle body-mind method, to support her adult and child clients in releasing stress, growing self-compassion, and restoring goodness to their lives. Katie’s book, How to Tame Your Thought Monster, is available in multiple formats (English, Spanish, coloring book, and app) and presents mindfulness and positive thinking tools for adults and kids so they can feel better and do better. Visit Katie at her website, www.katiemcclain.com, follow her on Facebook  and Instagram.

How to Get Rid of Toys Without a Tantrum

Too Much

We LOVE kids even if we hate the stuff that comes with them. Or rather, the toys they accumulate that we’ve heaped on top of them. All while teaching them the same bad habits we learned as children when it comes to stuff. 

In the same way that sugar is addictive, so are gifts.

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

This Life is Important

Life is difficult to discern.

The mix of wonder and suffering is confusing. And there is so much put upon us, shaping our thinking and experiences. It’s hard to know where the outside influence stops and the inner prison begins. But every now and again, the paradox acts as a signpost of sorts, revealing the magnitude of being born into existence and parting therefrom.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

11 Simple But Effective Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

Let’s face it, we have lost certain skills because of high-tech machines and cheap services that do things we hate to do. Today, quite a few adults out there have childlike handwriting. They even suck at posing for a Facebook picture.

They can’t iron their clothes without burning their middle finger. Almost every adult out there seems to be in a hurry, but nobody reaches on time. Some adults can’t even cook instant noodles worth serving to any person on the face of this planet.

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Why Children Ask "Why?" and What Makes a Good Explanation

When I was about four years old, I asked my mother one of my first ‘Why?’ questions: ‘Mom, why does Pippo live underwater?’ Mom explained that Pippo, our goldfish, was a fish, and fish live underwater. This answer left me unsatisfied, so I kept enquiring: ‘Why do fish live underwater? Can’t we also live underwater?’ Mom replied that fish breathe by extracting oxygen from the water around them; people cannot breathe underwater. I then asked an apparently unrelated one: ‘What is ice made of?’ ‘Ice is made of water, Matteo.’ Two days later, Pippo was found in our freezer.

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Aeon's picture

Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture. Since September 2012 they have been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. They ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society, and the arts. Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, Melbourne, and New York. Aeon is a not-for-profit and operated by Aeon Media Group Ltd., committed to big ideas, serious enquiry, and a humane worldview. That’s it.

Three Reasons to Raise Grateful Kids

by Shuka Kalantari | Greater Good Science Center

Thanks!

In The Science of Gratitude, we report on studies suggesting how being grateful is good for your health, how it can strengthen your romantic relationships, why it’s important to the workplace, and much more.

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About The Author

Greater Good Science Center's picture

This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

Why Every Child in Need Deserves an Urgent Response

‘What would you do if you saw a six-year-old alone in a public place?’

So begins a short video from UNICEF, which has received more than 2 million views on YouTube. In the video, Anano, a six-year-old child actor, is dressed in different ways and placed in different scenarios. When Anano is well-dressed, we see people actively trying to help her. But when Anano’s appearance is altered to make her look homeless, we see people shunning her and sometimes even telling her to go away.

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Aeon's picture

Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture. Since September 2012 they have been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. They ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society, and the arts. Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, Melbourne, and New York. Aeon is a not-for-profit and operated by Aeon Media Group Ltd., committed to big ideas, serious enquiry, and a humane worldview. That’s it.

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05/11/2018
The Long View If you’ve had a child, you’ve probably thought about what the planet will look like in the future. Really, even if you haven’t had a child, you’ve probably thought about that at... read more
graphic of children reaching for the earth
04/12/2018
If you’ve had a child, you’ve probably thought about what the planet will look like in the future. Really, even if you haven’t had a child, you’ve probably thought about that at least 1 to a million... read more
Four kids in a classroom raising their hands to answer a question.
01/29/2018
Research suggests a helpful, three-part framework for discussing issues of right and wrong. BY EMILY CAMPBELL | Greater Good Science Center “That’s not fair!” “She hit me on purpose... read more
Lonely girl in hooded sweatshirt leaning against chain link fence
01/25/2018
When I was in 4th grade, I bullied someone. So hard to admit this, but it’s true. The girl I bullied was very pretty. She had long, curly, gorgeous locks. Her stay-at-home mom put her hair in a... read more
Sad girl looking out car window while holding teddy bear
12/13/2017
Too Much We LOVE kids even if we hate the stuff that comes with them. Or rather, the toys they accumulate that we’ve heaped on top of them. All while teaching them the same bad habits we learned... read more
Blue fabric in folds and ripples
11/13/2017
Life is difficult to discern. The mix of wonder and suffering is confusing. And there is so much put upon us, shaping our thinking and experiences. It’s hard to know where the outside influence... read more
Two children smiling and peeking out from behind leaves and bushes
09/18/2017
Anonymous (not verified)
Let’s face it, we have lost certain skills because of high-tech machines and cheap services that do things we hate to do. Today, quite a few adults out there have childlike handwriting. They even... read more
Young girl looking up in amazement.
02/24/2017
When I was about four years old, I asked my mother one of my first ‘Why?’ questions: ‘Mom, why does Pippo live underwater?’ Mom explained that Pippo, our goldfish, was a fish, and fish live... read more
Two girls hug among autumn leaves.
01/24/2017
by Shuka Kalantari | Greater Good Science Center Thanks! In The Science of Gratitude, we report on studies suggesting how being grateful is good for your health, how it can strengthen your... read more

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overhead shot of two babies laying in flowers strung into shape of a heart
05/11/2018
The Long View If you’ve had a child, you’ve probably thought about what the planet will look like in the future. Really, even if you haven’t had a child, you’ve probably thought about that at... read more
graphic of children reaching for the earth
04/12/2018
If you’ve had a child, you’ve probably thought about what the planet will look like in the future. Really, even if you haven’t had a child, you’ve probably thought about that at least 1 to a million... read more
Four kids in a classroom raising their hands to answer a question.
01/29/2018
Research suggests a helpful, three-part framework for discussing issues of right and wrong. BY EMILY CAMPBELL | Greater Good Science Center “That’s not fair!” “She hit me on purpose... read more
Lonely girl in hooded sweatshirt leaning against chain link fence
01/25/2018
When I was in 4th grade, I bullied someone. So hard to admit this, but it’s true. The girl I bullied was very pretty. She had long, curly, gorgeous locks. Her stay-at-home mom put her hair in a... read more
Sad girl looking out car window while holding teddy bear
12/13/2017
Too Much We LOVE kids even if we hate the stuff that comes with them. Or rather, the toys they accumulate that we’ve heaped on top of them. All while teaching them the same bad habits we learned... read more
Blue fabric in folds and ripples
11/13/2017
Life is difficult to discern. The mix of wonder and suffering is confusing. And there is so much put upon us, shaping our thinking and experiences. It’s hard to know where the outside influence... read more
Two children smiling and peeking out from behind leaves and bushes
09/18/2017
Anonymous (not verified)
Let’s face it, we have lost certain skills because of high-tech machines and cheap services that do things we hate to do. Today, quite a few adults out there have childlike handwriting. They even... read more
Young girl looking up in amazement.
02/24/2017
When I was about four years old, I asked my mother one of my first ‘Why?’ questions: ‘Mom, why does Pippo live underwater?’ Mom explained that Pippo, our goldfish, was a fish, and fish live... read more
Two girls hug among autumn leaves.
01/24/2017
by Shuka Kalantari | Greater Good Science Center Thanks! In The Science of Gratitude, we report on studies suggesting how being grateful is good for your health, how it can strengthen your... read more

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