Environment

5 Reasons We DON’T Need More
Oil Pipelines

by Emily Main. It’s a topic that’s nearly yawn-worthy, environmentalists spouting their rage at an oil company trying to build a pipeline. Big deal, right? We all want lower gas prices, and more oil means cheaper gas. Except that’s not the way the world works anymore, and there really is a
 serious threat to our food and water from a pipeline, the fate of which is
expected to be decided this summer.

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5 Reasons to Avoid Air Fresheners

by guest blogger Cassidy Randall. Have you ever wondered what’s in those myriad air fresheners that make your home smell like a tropical vacation or a woodsy cabin surrounded by wildflowers? It’s certainly not roses… Here are five reasons we think you should avoid air fresheners altogether.

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A Recipe for Great Growth

by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. When it comes to growing food, it takes a village. But not the kind of village you might think. Communities of bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and other microorganisms are the villagers that truly affect how our plants grow. It’s these micro-villagers that gardeners, farmers, and landscape professionals should be focused on luring onto, and into, our land.

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How Nature Films Can Save the World

by guest blogger Leah Zerbe. Once you actually hear insect footsteps, watch bees clean themselves in much the same way as your cat does, and appreciate the sensuality of snail mating, you may find a little more compassion in your heart for these wonderful creatures. In the end, our lives and struggles really aren’t all that different from those of bugs. We all want to survive and thrive.

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The Earth Is Us

All the wonder
The magic
The diversity
The joy we take in the Earth’s beauty
Is a reflection of our best selves

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The Power of Protest

by guest blogger Maya K. van Rossum. Clean water, clean air, and healthy food grown in healthy soils are fundamental human rights. And yet, those rights are being taken from us in service to the greed and power of the energy industry. After repeated and fruitless efforts to wade through the approved bureaucratic channels and have their voices heard regarding our energy future, people of all walks of life are turning to their last option: protest.

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Green Cleaning Myths

by guest blogger Deirdre Imus. It can be difficult—almost impossible—for the average person to make sense of the various labels on green cleaning products, and to decipher what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s truly awful. After all, the terms “all-natural” and “organic” can easily refer to substances that are indeed both natural and organic—and also bad for your health.

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Natural Gas Drilling =
A Future of Dependence

by guest blogger, Maya K. van Rossum. Contrary to the folktales the gas companies spin, shale gas development is not about energy independence, increased jobs, or protection from climate change. Shale gas development is about profits for the gas companies. Period. And in just a few short decades, when the shale gas is gone, we’ll find ourselves more dependent than ever on foreign sources of energy—this time, on the technology needed to create a sustainable energy supply.

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