Editorial

  • Societies, like individuals, can get trapped in patterns of behavior called social traps, or “societal addictions,” that provide short-term rewards but are detrimental and unsustainable in the long run. Current examples include our societal addiction to fossil fuels, and the “growth at all costs” economic model. The …

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On the Ground

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Envision the Future

Media Review

  • Reviewing Journey to Earthland by Paul Raskin, Tellus Institute, 2016 Journey to Earthland by Paul Raskin is a short read but no less inspiring in its hopeful tone and stimulation of the imagination. In the words of the author it is, at the same time, “essay, narrative, and manifesto” (page iv). The author will be […]

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  • If environmental concerns found a wider audience in the last three decades, The Environmental Media Association (EMA) has played a significant role in it. Based in Beverly Hills, the nonprofit has brought star power to educating the public on environmental issues. So much so that, in 1993, then Vice President Al Gore praised the organization …

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Noteworthy

  • Carson River, 2014. The Nature Conservancy’s River Fork Ranch Preserve, Minden, Nevada. 270 feet long. Woven and live-staked Coyote Willow harvested from the river. Photographer: Mary O’Brien. Watershed Sculpture, the team of Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien, create art installations with a biological trajectory and remedial …

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  • With the number of displaced people exceeding 65.3 million around the world, one mobile tool offers to connect refugees to long-lost family members and friends. Already a success, REFUNITE was among the 10 solutions presented at the United Nations’ Solutions Summit in September 2016. The organization was founded in 2008 by two brothers, …

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  • The average person spends between one and three hours a day on “private activities” unrelated to work, according to a 2013 study by Roland Paulsen of Lund University. This might not come as much of a surprise to many people—after all, how many of us have been caught scrolling through Facebook while at the office—but, […]

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  • Tesla, an American automaker and energy storage company, has come up with the perfect solution to popularize solar power: solar roof tiles for homes. “The goal is…to make solar roofs that look better than a normal roof, generate electricity, last longer, have better insulation, and an installed cost that is less than a normal roof […]

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