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Teaching About Food, Climate, and Sustainability

by Alyssa Fama Growing up, I always admired the beauty of nature and the world around me; blossoming flowers in the spring, the buzzing of insects during the summer, changing leaf colors in the fall and the silent snowfall in … more

Posted in Air, Biodiversity, Carrying Capacity, Climate, Conservation, Education for Sustainability, Environmental Justice, Habitat, Renewable Energy, Schools & Learning, Social Justice, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Unsustainable Energy, Waste, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Green Pond

by Matt Wolff I see them flying overhead blue sky above wetness on their skinny ankles their beaks press in the soil for food nothing near like this for them so many come from so many places a superior form … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Biodiversity, Conservation, Habitat, Land Use, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Seasonality, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Urban Ecology, Voices of the Valley, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |

Empowerment and Engagement for Sustainability and Climate Action

by Joyce Marin We are hearing a choir of voices around the world rising in urgency regarding Climate Action. Many people, especially young people, are gaining the courage to look at, inform themselves about, discuss and ask for Climate Action. … more

Posted in Building Community, Collaborative Efforts, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley |

Drawing Down Atmospheric Carbon

by Rebecca Canright As a student studying sustainability at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, I am encouraged by the recent research that Paul Hawken and his colleagues have conducted on the 100 most effective solutions to global warming. The … more

Posted in Energy Storage, Fossil Fuels, Renewable Energy, Soil, Sustainable Living, Transportation, Voices of the Valley |

Creating a Local Climate for Community Conversation and Action

by Diane W. Husic The first report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 1990)1 led to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The 195 countries that signed this 1992 treaty, including the U.S., are obligated to … more

Posted in Climate, Climate, Environment & Ecosystems, Sustainable Living, The Commons, Voices of the Valley |

How can we create a sustainable future?

by Harris Eisenhardt The answer, I believe, is as follows: Do not mourn the loss of this planet prematurely, and do not resign to the pessimists’ comfort. Personal actions contribute to collective climate change […] we should hold ourselves accountable. … more

Posted in Environmental Health, Holistic Health, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley |

The Environmental Perils of Consumerism

by Emma Stierhoff Consumerism […] encourages both increased consumption and increased waste, resulting in environmental destruction. It was not until I began identifying as an environmentalist in high school that I started to question the constant pressure to buy more … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Agriculture, Collaborative Efforts, Composting, Conservation, Deforestation, Fuels, Habitat, Land Use, Products - Stuff, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley, Waste |

The Cycle of Discarding

by Briana VanBuskirk We’re stuck in a cycle that fosters the creation, use, and discarding of materials without any consideration for the environment, animal rights, or human rights. Why is this? It’s no secret that financial gain is the core … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Community Gardening, Composting, CSA - Community Supported Ag, Domain: school districts, Education for Sustainability, Food Distribution, Food for Health, Healthcare system, Local Food, School Food, Stewardship, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley, Waste |

The Paradox of “Nature”

by Andrew Goldman What does it mean to be alive? Living things grow and reproduce; they adapt to change and maintain metabolic activity; they begin, and they end. In short, life takes energy and matter from its surroundings, processes them … more

Posted in Fossil Fuels, Land Use, Rights of Nature | Mother Earth, Sustainable Living, Unsustainable Energy, Voices of the Valley, Wildlife |

Teamwork for Sustainable Objectives

by Claire France Tried and true, teamwork makes the dream work. A recent visit to the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed this cliché for me and applied it to the world of working towards sustainability. I recently participated in my university’s … more

Posted in Collaborative Efforts, Environmental Justice, Stewardship, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley |