What makes the company different?

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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.

And why small additions to your backyard can make a huge difference

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A fuzzy bee on a green flower bud.
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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.

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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.

What’s holding us back?

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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 way we farm needs to be redesigned

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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.

And why they deserve to be recognized

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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.

But they are a step in the right direction

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Many view electric vehicles, and Tesla in particular, to be a major part of the solution to a carbon-neutral society.

We need to rethink the system.

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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.

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

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Where are most of the conversations happening around the climate crisis? The media.

Matthew Gannon

Writer of “Save a Dollar, Save the Planet”

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