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How Biking Can Save the World

By Larraine Roulston : When we rode a two-wheeler for the very first time, we were joyful and felt freedom along with a sense of power. With the breeze in our faces, I’m sure we all wish we could have cycled like that forever. Unfortunately for the environment, the automotive industry encouraged …

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Eco-Friendly Summer Vacation–Visit A National Park

By Dawna Matthews: I remember looking outside the window of our family car and seeing the world – or the world as I knew it. My family’s vacations were almost always road trips to an exotic location within the United States or Latin America. Most of the time, we would pass through …

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Giant Pandas Making a Comeback

By Amanda Wilkes: In 1970, only an estimated 1,000 Giant Pandas were left in the world. On January 23, 1984, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finally declared Giant Pandas endangered, as defined by the Endangered Species Act, created in 1973. The International Union for Conservation of Nature first listed …

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World Scientists Race To Save Coral Reef

By Fredrica Syren: 2,000 scientists from all over the world gathered last week at a conference in Hawaii to discuss how to save the world’s precious coral reefs. These once vibrant coral reefs are now in danger of significant outbreaks of coral bleaching, and huge swaths of them are now …

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Stop Factory Farming—Support Local Organic Family Farms

By Fredrica Syren: At an alarming rate all over the world, expansion of factory farms is forcing family farmers out of business. According to U.S Farm Aid, every week 330 farmers leave their land in the U.S alone. As a result, there are now nearly five million fewer farms in the U.S. …

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Knowing the Difference Between Good and Bad Palm Oil

By Amanda Wilkes: Palm oil is an ingredient prominent in most households, although most families are unaware of its disproportionate presence in many foods and products. In fact, palm oil is in about 50% of packaged foods and exists in many soaps, shampoos and cosmetics. Palm oil is a vegetable …

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Red Meat Could Be Taxed in Denmark

By Kim Robson: Denmark may be considering a nationwide tax on red meat. According to the Danish Council for Ethics, an influential government think tank, climate change has become an “ethical issue” and people should be obliged to change their eating habits. To this end, they have proposed adding a …

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Impact of Global Warming on Human Health 

By Larraine Roulston:  For decades scientists have been aware that human health will be affected by climate change. During the 1980s, both Time Magazine and National Geographic featured special issues related to our ailing planet. Sadly, it has taken until now for politicians to wake up to this reality and share widely …

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Cowspiracy — The Sustainable Secret

By Fredrica Syren:  Last week I went to a talk by Kip Andersen, the filmmaker behind the controversial documentary Cowspiracy. This movie is the first of its kind and a real eye opener, documenting how, of all the different businesses around the world, factory farming is the number one most …

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Has Your Seafood Been Caught by Slaves?

By Amanda Wilkes: If you buy or have bought seafood from your local grocery chain, or have eaten it at your favorite fish house, then you most likely have eaten seafood caught by slaves. Unfortunately, until now there has been no way of knowing which is “clean” fish (fish not …

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