What brands come to mind when you think about sustainability, climate activism, and positive environmental impact? While you probably thought of your favorite niche company, most of you also considered Patagonia.
Why is that?
Patagonia’s core values are: build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to protect nature, and not bound by convention.
These all sound great, but are they just empty words?
We really should be asking companies this question more often. Every business knows the importance of stating its value to do good for the environment and the communities that it serves. …
And why small additions to your backyard can make a huge difference
I sometimes wonder what the planet used to look like before humans put their stamp on it. I picture lush landscapes, thriving wildlife, infinite ecosystems, and harmony. We now live in a world that often prioritizes progress, profits, and convenience over ensuring the environment thrives.
It can feel impossible to return to this perfect state, but the truth is, we can. Nature has an incredible way of regenerating when it is given the time and care to do so.
There are so many ways we can make a…
What’s the problem with plastic? It’s cheap. It’s convenient. It’s versatile. While it may be all of those things and more, plastic is one of the largest environmental threats facing humans and animals globally. If we stay on our current path, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.
So why do we continue to use it every day? Well, if you look around right now, you’ll soon realize that most things you see have plastic in them. …
I was listening to an episode of “How I Built This” the other day and it sparked a realization in me. “How I Built This” is an NPR podcast series hosted by Guy Raz that dives into the stories behind some of the world’s most well-known and innovative companies. The episode I was listening to was an interview with Impossible Foods founder, Pat Brown.
The realization I came to was that most companies making plant-based substitutes are marketing their products as “just like the real thing” when in reality, most aren’t. If you’re going to go out on a limb…
The way we farm needs to be redesigned
I have spent the last few blogs advocating for optimism in the climate change conversation. While the situation we have gotten ourselves in is catastrophic and terrifying, and urgency is undoubtedly required, amazing innovators are persevering amidst the pessimistic dialogue.
I am going to continue to uplift these activists and stories that spark conversations and provide some optimism in a situation with a gloomy outlook.
The “Kiss the Ground” documentary inspired me to consider the importance and possibilities of soil. Through regeneration, soil holds the power to revive ecosystems and help balance…
And why they deserve to be recognized
At this point, we all know Greta Thunberg. She has gained international recognition for becoming a leading voice in modern climate activism despite her young age. This has enacted a real sense of hope and action for others in the fight to reduce global warming.
A peer-reviewed article on “The Greta Thunberg Effect” by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found that those familiar with Greta have a stronger belief that global warming can be reduced by working together and ultimately have higher intentions of taking collective actions towards this goal.
But they are a step in the right direction
Many view electric vehicles, and Tesla in particular, to be a major part of the solution to a carbon-neutral society.
EVs can be charged, don’t require gas, and just feel like the environmentally friendly answer to transportation. Why is this?
The narrative has been solely about the benefits of driving electric. And I want to state clearly that EVs are a more climate-friendly option than gas-powered vehicles.
While no greenhouse gas emissions come directly from electric vehicles, their production and power are still largely made using fossil fuels.
There is a lot of emphasis on recycling in the fight to reduce the staggering waste we have in the US. While recycling is an important piece of the puzzle, I can’t help but think of the piece that does not get the attention it deserves. Composting.
More and more people are learning about composting and its benefits. But, we still are lagging in adoption.
Compost is organic material that can be added to soil to help plants grow. Food scraps and yard waste, which can be composted, make up 30% of what we throw away. …
I wholeheartedly disagree with the notion that individuals cannot make a difference in the climate crisis. We must rethink our own systems thinking and adjust to small, but new, changes in our ways of living. I think one hurdle in this idea is how disproportionate people's daily living situations are. Some don't even have access to anything other than things that require the use of non-green practices. I think possibly a better solution is to create the green bank with businesses in mind. Funds collected will be allocated towards sustainable and equitable causes that address those in the most need. I praise your idea, being willing to address a system that no longer works in the context we live in.
And why media doesn’t want you to be
Where are most of the conversations happening around the climate crisis? The media.
What is the tone of these pieces? Mostly negative.
My biggest criticism of media coverage is the need to use fear as a behavioral tool. No, not all media does this. I come across some great articles that are optimistic and informative. It just doesn’t happen as much as it needs to.
People are much smarter than we are often given credit for. We deserve transparency and actionable steps to enact real change, not doomsday fear tactics.
Writer of “Save a Dollar, Save the Planet”