Navigating Relativism and Globalism in Sustainability
ConAgra Joins Movement to Eliminate Deforestation
In 2014, many worldwide learned that ConAgra joined a global movement to eliminate deforestation by engaging in deforestation-free palm oil production methods. This is important because palm oil production is attributed to a leading factor in global deforestation. READ MORE »
A plastic straw might not emerge in the perceptions of many as an environmental threat, but for some the environmental danger presented by a plastic straw is well defined. Across the United States, plastic straws register as one of the top litter objects collected in litter cleanups. Despite the harmless intent of straw usage, inappropriate disposal of plastic straws can create unintended contamination and poisoning for natural and marine life. Some students in California have taken action to remedy problems caused by plastic straws. See how students take action here.
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Lifecycle Building Center
The Lifecycle Building Center (LBC) delivers a waste reuse model that we hope pervades the cultural practices and habits of global society. A simple, yet far-reaching concept manifests through LBC’s mission to put materials that have ended life in one place into a new lifecycle in another place. Why produce more when the use of what is already produced is not fully exhausted? This notion is constructively addressed by LBC. Learn more here about LBC’s initiatives and how you can get involved.
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One by One
We believe that every community in every city can be a clean environment. That’s why we are supporting civic members in the Metro Atlanta area to clean communities, one by one. One by one every community can become a clean space by the action of the people. Challenge yourself to make sure you live in a clean community. Register today to join the next 'ONe by ONe CLeAn Communities' clean up event hosted by Waste for Use September 16, 2017. Previous event highlights here
Composting is an important way to practice waste reduction. Composting can provide a method for creating natural fertilizer and can allow specific discarded household food items to be disposed in a practical and environmentally safe way. Recently, we selected an article about compositing [read here] through the recommendation of some of our website visitors. We select topic recommendations for 'Note Worthy' comments from our visitors periodically. If you are interested in submitting a recommendation for a topic, send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Present Threats that Derive from Historical Disaster
Watch the portrayal of events of the 1984 Bhopal environmental tragedy in the film Prayer for Rain. Then, tune in to the documentary Bhopali to hear important narratives from those of the real event to understand how the 1984 environmental catastrophe in Bhopal, India leaves a present day trail of human destruction in the aftermath of disaster and how the 1984 event exemplifies a pattern of industrial violence.
The meaning of sustainability for many hovers over specific assumptions about best practices. However, making sense of sustainability could require a look at how sustainability might be determined by economic and cultural variations. This article explores how a look at cultural relativism might help us find new ways to understand sustainability. More
Annual Georgia Environmental Conference
The Georgia Environmental Conference is hosted summer - annually. The Georgia Environmental Conference provides a resource for access to key environmental practitioners as well as a host of education opportunities about important ecological issues. Stay tuned and check updates at the Georgia Environmental Conference website for announcement of the next annual Georgia Environmental Conference.
The potential of mushrooms to remedy ecological loss is communicated carefully through the statements of Paul Stamets (2014) about how mushrooms might rescue humans from a trajectory of extinction. More
Reuse Made Easy
Discovering ways to recycle 'hard to recycle items' can be daunting. A task not frequently addressed by conventional recycling options, items that are hard to recycle are often harmful or oversized consumer items and require unique methods for reuse handling. Yet, organizations like Live Thrive Atlanta signal a growing public awareness about the need to address hard to recycle items. Live Thrive Atlanta offers recycling drop off for hard to recycle items such as bikes, batteries, Styrofoam, hazardous chemicals, tires, carpet, and more. Learn more about items that Live Thrive Atlanta accepts.
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From Progress to Disaster
Policies are frequently a common denominator in the production of social disaster. Reading disaster through policy offers insight for hidden social issues. This essay explores how a specific case of environmental injustice progresses through political frameworks that wage institutional and economic violence. More
If you are in the Metro Atlanta Area, take advantage of growing opportunities for recycling. The 1st and 2nd Saturday of each month presents the metro area one of many options for recycling and a unique chance to recycle a wide category of items.READ MORE »
Witness action unfold at the bottom by progressive grassroots citizens who determined that hope for environmental sovereignty and human survival is best fulfilled by human agency. The 2016 film release 'We the People 2.0' reveals human damage from corporate interest induced environmental injustice and the opportunity for hope that derives from human agency. Watch film trailer
Annual Bioneers Conference
Every fall, bioneers gather at the annual Bioneers conference to exchange visions of how to forge societal norms that enrich the wellbeing of the natural world and its inhabitants. The Bioneers Conference features thought and change luminaries such as Naomi Klein, Paul Stamets, and Marian Moore who share an experience of pursuing achievement that implies a future of improvement for significant ecological circumstances. A gamut of critical perspectives as well as innovative and creative approaches to addressing important ecological issues is presented at each Bioneer Conference. READ MORE »
Turning a Threat into an Opportunity
One artist is turning the environmental threat of plastic into a world social movement. Pam Longobardi exploits the vast global spaces of plastic pollution to create art objects while cleaning the world’s ecosphere and also sparking action for environmental preservation. READ MORE »
Neil Young’s crusade to bring conservation to the consciousness of the world inspires his talent and his lifestyle. Young’s inspiration is reflected through his music as well as the resource efficient adapted automobiles that he employs with a sense of art. Listen to Young talk to Charlie Rose about his work as well as his hopes and involvement for conservation.
Mushrooms: Insight into the Immanent Discipline of the Ecosphere
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The Intersection of Economics and Environment
We recognize that in a free market system oftentimes mustering broad societal support for any movement or cause requires specific appeal to economic interests. Although a healthy environment serves the survival of humanity, it also serves a bottom line for economic attention. The economic value of healthy environmental practices coupled with a world need to sustain humanity provides momentum for many state led practices and policies that facilitate waste reuse and reduction. An archetypical case of economic supported waste reuse and reduction by national state policy is illustrated in Sweden. Sweden, a global leader in waste reuse, optimizes economic advantages by sale of recovered energy from wasted household and industrial products. Take a look here at a short clip of Sweden's approach to waste reuse.
Although recycling is only part of the big picture, recycling is a consequential piece in the process of constructing a healthy environment. One U.S. national example illustrates how the impacts and movement of recycling can be tracked. See how the comprehensive report of Texas state recycling by TRDI provides an exemplar for how the impact of recycling can be assessed.
Frequently, solidarity develops on the ground. In Atlanta- Georgia, many engage in education to approach solidarity for environmental justice progress that starts by grassroots action. More
An Old Solution
Inexorable pests are frequently a factor of reasoning for common use of toxic chemicals. For commercial crops, powerful insecticides and herbicides help crop success by repelling destructive pests while producing dangerous ecological conditions. Likewise on the homeowner’s front, pesticides help aid with management of weeds and various insects while also creating a hazardous environment for human health. Yet, in the context of contending with environmental imbalances such as destructive plants and insects, the remedy for natural world problems is provided by the natural world. Neem, a natural defense for pest management, is an old solution and a longstanding practice for pest management in some societies. The rapport between neem and the natural world is not only evident through effective pest management it is also exhibited through its implication for human health support. MORE ABOUT NEEM»
On Nanotechnology and Food
In September 2015, we explored the informative presentation "Nanofoods: Risks/Benefits" which was delivered by The GMO Breakthrough Education Project at the Fifth International Food Studies Conference in Blacksburg, Virginia. The presentation, Nanofoods: Risks/Benefits, offered listeners the opportunity to grasp how nanofood processing indicates both negative and positive impacts on environmental and human health. We think everyone should have access to the educational presentation by The GMO Breakthrough Education Project and we've made this possible. Take a look at the "Nanofoods: Risks/Benefits" presentation here.
Plastic Pollution Coalition’s mission rests on an environmental ideal of a plastic free environment. Yet, because many of us have grown to become dependent on the use of plastic in everyday activities, completely suspending the use of plastic from our lives may not be a realistic immediate objective. Plastic Pollution Coalition understands this and encourages practical consumption practices of plastic to ensure a healthy environment. READ MORE »
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Ban the Bottle
‘Ban the Bottle’, an advocacy for the elimination of plastic bottles, has a strong message about the consequences of keeping plastic bottles in use. Follow Ban the Bottle to understand what it means each time you use a plastic bottle or a plastic straw.
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Glyphosate is implicated in the most mystifying and dreadful human diseases today. Yet, the use of glyphosate is as
common as what we consume every day. Not surprisingly, glyphosate can be found in many human bodies. The first validated testing for glyphosate in humans became available in 2015 through the Feed the World campaign. This testing is open to the public. Learn about testing here
Pristine Forest, as Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan recently remarked in an interview with Charlie Rose, is what constitutes an estimate of 72 percent of land cover in Bhutan. This factor makes Bhutan’s environment a unique place in the world and moves Bhutan beyond a zone of carbon neutrality to a state which exemplifies conservation leadership. READ MORE »