Being an Environmental Optimist When Things Seem Bad

optimism is the madness of insisting all is well
when we are miserable.

~ Voltaire

I wasn’t born an optimist. At least I don’t think so. Not sure what the balance of nature versus nurture is, but until my mid-20s, I was one of those annoying people that had a knack for finding the worst-case scenario in every situation. 

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The Green Divas share low-stress ways to live a deeper shade of green through a weekly radio show, podcasts, videos and blog posts. Working with talented partners and credible sources, the Green Divas produce content on a variety of topics relating to a healthy green lifestyle. Visit The Green Divas website to learn more, and check out The Green Divas on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter too!

Environmentalism 3.0

Innovation

It's a word that gets thrown around a lot, and for good reason: it lurks like a buzzard just out of reach, coaxing us out of our comfort zone, inspiring one more click, one more watch, one more buy. We want to be the first to know what’s being innovated. We want to be innovators. We want to be around innovators. But it’s never quite in our grasp. We’re always a second too late. The pinnacle slipped out the back door moments before we arrived.

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"I like to explore the intersection between emotion and business in the public-profit world. I have observed a natural tension in this space which leads to juicy and provocative conversations. I try to remain detached, stay open-minded, and play devil's advocate to seek and speak the truth."

TheEmoBiz lives in the forest with a spouse, toddler, and dog, has been working in business for over a decade, has a daily spiritual practice, and comes from a family of writers. Follow @TheEmoBiz on Medium and Twitter.
 

The Spiritual Side of Environmentalism

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Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, Pachamama Alliance programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. www.pachamama.org
 

Syrian Seed Bank That Keeps Going Despite the War

For more than four years, the headquarters of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in the Syrian town of Tal Hadya has been occupied by the anti-Assad groups Al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham. ICARDA is one of 15 major international agricultural research centers, and the site of a seed bank housing some 150,000 samples in temperature-controlled vaults.

Periodic bulletins have assured the public that ‘the seeds are safe’ in the midst of conflict, duplicated at seed banks outside the country.

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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.

Iceland’s Fin Whale Hunt Canceled for 2016

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Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Chlorine Bleach Plants Needlessly Endanger 63 Million Americans

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Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Why Getting Dirty Can Help Save the World

I owe soil an apology. 

For many years I only considered soil as dirt, mud, insignificant, yuck! If you were like me, the only time you thought about soil was when you were washing it off your boots after a hike in the woods or perhaps you cursed it as you removed weeds from your garden. I have walked all over soil, literally and philosophically. Now I know better, and I want to share why.

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

2 Climate Action Trends to Watch in 2016

by Annie Leonard | Greenpeace

From getting fossil fuel money out of politics to keeping fossil fuels in the ground, 2016 promises to be a momentous year for the climate movement.

So here we are in 2016! Whether you’re an aspiring political pundit following the campaign trail, an Olympics fan ready to wave your flag, or a Downton Abbey devotee waiting to see what the final season brings, 2016 is bound to be a roller coaster.

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Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Sad, Scared, and Alone: Baby Orangutan Orphaned by Palm Oil

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8 Reasons to Be Hopeful About Our Climate Future

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08/17/2017
optimism is the madness of insisting all is well when we are miserable. ~ Voltaire I wasn’t born an optimist. At least I don’t think so. Not sure what the balance of nature versus nurture... read more
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03/10/2016
by Willie Mackenzie | Greenpeace Following years of public outrage, the endangered fin whale, the second largest animal on our planet, will not be hunted in Iceland this year. Great news. Word... read more
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by Rick Hind | Greenpeace A new report from Greenpeace USA details how chlorine bleach processing plants threaten our communities — putting 63.8 million people across the country at risk.... read more
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01/21/2016
I owe soil an apology.  For many years I only considered soil as dirt, mud, insignificant, yuck! If you were like me, the only time you thought about soil was when you were washing it off... read more
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01/20/2016
by Annie Leonard | Greenpeace From getting fossil fuel money out of politics to keeping fossil fuels in the ground, 2016 promises to be a momentous year for the climate movement. So here we are... read more
baby orangutan among plant stems
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by Zamzami Arlinus | Greenpeace For half an hour Otan wouldn't let go. Only eight months old, he already had a vice-like grip. If there were trees, Otan would be swinging freely from branch... read more

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Woman looking and reaching up into boughs of willow tree.
08/17/2017
optimism is the madness of insisting all is well when we are miserable. ~ Voltaire I wasn’t born an optimist. At least I don’t think so. Not sure what the balance of nature versus nurture... read more
Globe nestled in green grass.
04/27/2017
Innovation It's a word that gets thrown around a lot, and for good reason: it lurks like a buzzard just out of reach, coaxing us out of our comfort zone, inspiring one more click, one more watch,... read more
A cairn of stacked black rocks at a foggy river's edge.
02/06/2017
by Jocelyn Mercado | Pachamama Alliance When we think of spirituality, it is often in terms of a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves or a search for meaning in... read more
Close up of wheat seeds
01/17/2017
For more than four years, the headquarters of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) in the Syrian town of Tal Hadya has been occupied by the anti-Assad groups... read more
German etching of Fin Whale
03/10/2016
by Willie Mackenzie | Greenpeace Following years of public outrage, the endangered fin whale, the second largest animal on our planet, will not be hunted in Iceland this year. Great news. Word... read more
two people in HazMat suits surround Chlorine chemical sign
02/11/2016
by Rick Hind | Greenpeace A new report from Greenpeace USA details how chlorine bleach processing plants threaten our communities — putting 63.8 million people across the country at risk.... read more
plant bench with soil and tools
01/21/2016
I owe soil an apology.  For many years I only considered soil as dirt, mud, insignificant, yuck! If you were like me, the only time you thought about soil was when you were washing it off... read more
black political globe on blue striped background
01/20/2016
by Annie Leonard | Greenpeace From getting fossil fuel money out of politics to keeping fossil fuels in the ground, 2016 promises to be a momentous year for the climate movement. So here we are... read more
baby orangutan among plant stems
12/17/2015
by Zamzami Arlinus | Greenpeace For half an hour Otan wouldn't let go. Only eight months old, he already had a vice-like grip. If there were trees, Otan would be swinging freely from branch... read more

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