Earth Overshoot Day - Being Ahead of Schedule is a Bad Thing

This red-letter day each year comes around on a different date…and I am bummed it is so early in 2019…July 29! In this case, RED letter is bad news.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

Green Wisdom - From Breakdowns to Breakthroughs

The following is an excerpt from the recently-released paperback edition of “Green Wisdom: A Guide for Anyone to Start, Engage and Energize a Sustainability Team,” authored by Nikki Pava, with a foreword by Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (2010-2016) and Founding Partner, Global Optimism.

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Nikki Pava is the author of Green Wisdom: A Guide for Anyone to Start, Engage and Energize a Sustainability Team. She is also the founder of Alegria Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in sustainability engagement initiatives for mission-driven 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.

Bananas Have Died Out Once Before - Don't Let It Happen Again

You probably take bananas for granted.

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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.

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 author of Green Wisdom: A Guide for Anyone to Start, Engage and Energize a Sustainability Team. She is also the founder of Alegria Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in sustainability engagement initiatives for mission-driven 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, Acceleration, and Laughter - Kibikibi Partners Jemma and Emma

Laughter, camaraderie, give and take, vulnerability, and synergy...

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Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

For the Love of Earth

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YES! Magazine reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, we outline a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.

Weighing the Total Cost of Connected Technology

Smart home appliances are more popular than ever, and lower prices and increased visibility means that smart thermostats, smart lighting, voice-activated home assistants like Alexa, and many other new technologies are poised to become commonplace within the next few years - and they are a great way to help you live sustainably

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Beth Kotz is a freelance writer and contributor for numerous home, technology, and personal finance blogs. She graduated with BA in Communications and Media from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where she continues to live and work. Find her innovative photography Tumblr site here.

Which Type of Sustainability Superhero Are You?

It is not often I think Hollywood does much right, but in terms of making money, they know exactly how to capture the 30-something audience with remakes of superhero movies. My husband, for example, can’t get enough. While reminiscing over the untold tales deep within his comic book collection, he maps out a plan for every upcoming IMAX, 3D superhero experience. Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Dark Knight. It doesn’t matter if it’s Marvel or DC, if a superhero movie is in the making, my husband is stocking up on Raisinets.

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Julie Fahnestock's picture

Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

Blooms Behind Bars: Urban Gardening and Sustainability in American Prisons

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Robin Plaskoff Horton is the publisher and creative director of the Webby-nominated and award-winning blog, Urban Gardens–a mix of urban style, design, and nature. Urban Gardens is a lifestyle story told from the ground up: from seed to harvest to kitchen while serving it all up in style, with cutting edge design objects in stylish outdoor rooms and indoor gardens. As a “coolspotter,” Robin explores the world's captivating travel destinations to experience what the global, multi-cultural, and creative universe is serving up in their own unique and sustainable style.

Urban Gardens is considered an "influencer" within the home and garden sector. Mashable named Urban Gardens "one of the top 10 must-follow home and garden Twitter accounts" and Better Homes and Gardens Magazine named Urban Gardens one of the top ten gardening blogs for 2015.

A seasoned speaker and workshop facilitator, Robin has facilitated storytelling workshops at the Mother Earth News Fair, Women at Woodstock, and The Entrepreneurial Womens Network, and was a featured speaker at the Garden Writers Association and the Garden Bloggers Conference. Robin is a contributor to Fix.com, Houzz, and has been a featured curator for Pickie and Luvocracy. 

Betting the Farm on a Better World

The Straus family has been running a dairy and leading an agricultural revolution for over 70 years.

By: Sidney Stevens, originally published Sun, Oct 12, 2014 by Mother Nature Network

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Mother Nature Network is a lifestyles website that focuses on providing accurate and up-to-date environmental information. MNN is designed to be engaging and easy to understand — written for everyday people who simply want to make our world better.

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This red-letter day each year comes around on a different date…and I am bummed it is so early in 2019…July 29! In this case, RED letter is bad news. Today is Earth Overshoot... read more
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Buzzard in dead desert tree
07/29/2019
This red-letter day each year comes around on a different date…and I am bummed it is so early in 2019…July 29! In this case, RED letter is bad news. Today is Earth Overshoot... read more
Book Cover for Green Wisdom on trail through grasses
07/01/2019
The following is an excerpt from the recently-released paperback edition of “Green Wisdom: A Guide for Anyone to Start, Engage and Energize a Sustainability Team,” authored by Nikki Pava, with a... read more
Slices of banana on a bright blue background
07/19/2018
You probably take bananas for granted. In the United Kingdom, one in four pieces of fruit consumed is a banana and, on average, each Briton eats 10 kg of bananas per year; in the United States, that’... read more
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
Kibikibi partners Emma and Jemma at Kew Gardens
12/04/2017
Laughter, camaraderie, give and take, vulnerability, and synergy... According to a quick Google search, when you meet someone with whom you share these characteristics, you’ve found your soulmate... read more
Torso of businessman holding earth in hand before window looking at nuclear reactors.
09/14/2017
by David Korten | YES! Magazine Perhaps the most compelling reason to change our ways is that Earth needs our help. In our responsibility to respond, might we unite in common cause? On... read more
Abstract green blue red world and keyboard swirls.
05/18/2017
Smart home appliances are more popular than ever, and lower prices and increased visibility means that smart thermostats, smart lighting, voice-activated home assistants like Alexa, and many other... read more
close up man tearing open shirt to reveal Superman logo
02/17/2016
It is not often I think Hollywood does much right, but in terms of making money, they know exactly how to capture the 30-something audience with remakes of superhero movies. My husband, for example,... read more
male prisoner gardening in greenhouse
10/22/2015
by Urban Gardens When you think of urban gardens, you probably don’t picture prisons. But there’s a new trend in urban gardening, and prisons across the United States are... read more

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