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The Harmful Effects of Grilling Charcoal

Erin Berger | July 12, 2021 | 5 min read

Grilling briquettes contribute to greenhouse gases, deforestation, and contain toxic chemicals. To grill sustainably, just make a few small changes. Grilling with friends on a hot summer day is one of life’s great pleasures. And it’ll be even sweeter this year, as many people lucky enough to live in countries with access to vaccines will […]

Why Glyphosate Herbicides Are So Harmful

Jenni Gritters | June 30, 2021 | 4 min read

Research shows the weed killer, once touted as a miracle farming innovation, may be introducing toxic chemicals into our bodies, water, wildlife, and soil. This article is the first in our ‘Soil Series’, where we explore complex issues related to agriculture, our environment, and the future of our planet.   Herbicides have been a key — […]

What Is a Carbon Tax?

Erin Berger | June 25, 2021 | 5 min read

Just 100 corporations are responsible for 71 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. A carbon tax could incentivize them to reduce their carbon emissions and switch to clean energy. This is the latest in our ‘What It Means’ series, where we unpack the meaning and value behind important sustainability concepts.  Generally, it’s overwhelming to think about […]

Is Human Composting the Future of the Funeral Industry?

Jenni Gritters | June 04, 2021 | 4 min read

Human composting is now legal in two states. But is it actually a more sustainable, environmentally friendly practice than cremation? For decades, there have been two options for dealing with dead bodies: cremation or burial. But in 2019, the state of Washington passed a law that would allow for a third: Turning dead bodies into […]

6 Essential Environmental Books

Heather Hansman | May 31, 2021 | 4 min read

From poignant stories of environmental racism and the devastating effects of sea level rise to a look into our profound connection with nature, these books will give you a new perspective on the climate challenges we’re facing and inspire you to take action. How do we live in the world now? What’s changing? What can […]

Why Prescribed Burns Are Essential For Forest Health

Erin Berger | May 26, 2021 | 4 min read

Prescribed burns are an Indigenous practice that clears out underbrush, supports ecosystems, and helps lessen uncontrolled wildfires. The last few summers have felt less like fearful apprehension about the future of increasingly intense and devastating wildfires in America and more like a full-scale alarm. Of the top five years in which the most acreage was […]

How Food Forests Help Solve Food Insecurity

Erin Berger | May 19, 2021 | 3 min read

In the food desert neighborhood of Browns Mill in Atlanta, Urban Forest, the largest food forest in the country, provides the community with access to fresh, affordable produce, and herbs. On seven acres in the Browns Mill neighborhood of Southeast Atlanta, anyone can show up and pick community grown fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, healing herbs, nuts, […]

This Permaculture Garden Is Healing a Town

John Davies | April 21, 2021 | 4 min read

Tewa Women United’s Healing Foods Oasis in Española, New Mexico, is a vehicle for mutual aid, environmental justice, and food sovereignty.  This month, we’re celebrating the heroes that embody this year’s Earth Day theme: Restore Our Earth. For our fourth article in the series, we’re spotlighting Tewa Women United. Don’t miss our first three stories: […]

The Nonprofit Reducing Plastic Waste One Community at a Time

Jenni Gritters | April 12, 2021 | 5 min read

Plastic Oceans International works with local groups worldwide to curb plastic pollution and inspire sustainable, lifelong change.

Are Solar Co-ops the Future of Clean Energy?

Meredith O'Connor | April 05, 2021 | 5 min read

Solar United Neighbors is a solar co-op using a strength-in-numbers approach to save the climate and address energy injustice.

A Guide to Recycling Symbols

Meredith O'Connor | March 17, 2021 | 3 min read

Not all plastics are recyclable. To help keep plastics out of oceans and landfills, we’re breaking down those confusing recycling symbols to make sure you get it right.

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