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Long Live Denim

By Larraine Roulston: Jeans are still fashionable even when they have holes in the knees; however, if they become too tight or too loose, there are lots of ways to reuse them. Denim can be sewn into quilts or braided into rag rugs. Annie Wall, co-owner of Wilno Craft Gallery situated in …

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The Dirty Business of Shrimp

By Fredrica Syren: All over the world, shrimp is popular. In the United States alone, an average of 4.1 pounds of shrimp per person is consumed annually. Here in Sweden where we live, shrimp is the classic weekend food, and shrimp sandwiches are a Swedish tradition. However, the high demand …

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Lone Wolf: Making Changes to Our World

By Dawna Matthews: “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” – John Muir Can one species completely alter an ecosystem? After reintroducing wolves intoYellowstone National Park, it appears to be true. At the time wolves were brought back …

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Putting Food Waste On The Front Burner

By Larraine Roulston: Reports reveal that North Americans trash over $27 billion worth of food a year, and that approximately 35% of food produced is wasted through spoilage in grocery stores, excess production at food processors or in restaurants, careless handling and during consumption. Furthermore, when food is wasted, the …

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World’s Largest Solar Plant Being Built

By Kim Robson:  Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, has approved a $19 billion dollar plan to make India a world leader in solar energy by 2050. The ambitious “solar mission,” announced in June 2008, is part of India’s national action plan on climate change. The plan aims to …

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Microbeads: A Major Issue

By Dawna Matthews: We use soap everyday — not a surprise. What is a surprise, though, is that many of us use something known as microbeads in our soap. These tiny beads, used as exfoliants, are not only in our soaps but also in other beauty care products such as …

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Who Is Responsible For China Air Pollution?

By Kim Robson: We’re all aware of the deadly effects of smog. China generates the world’s worst air pollution. According to a new study from the Peking University in Beijing, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a large portion of their smog is produced …

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Activism — Aiming for Change

By Fredrica Syren: I don’t think you ever choose to become an activist, but that you choose to be active. That is how my journey toward activism began many years ago. I grew up in a household where activism was strong. When I was seven years old, I asked my …

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Getting Off Oil, One Bag at a Time

By Larraine Roulston: In the not too distant past, most North American shoppers entered stores empty handed. They were seen leaving supermarkets with carts overflowing with plastic bags, some often containing only a couple of items. If shoppers carried their own bags, using them was sometimes a battle.  “Take our bags. …

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New Birth Right Bill To Regulate Home Births in Hawaii

By Fredrica Syren: A heated debate over the safety of home birth in Hawaii has been sparked by SB 2569. Since its introduction last week, women have gone to Hawaii’s State Capitol to protest it. The bill is aimed at regulating home births and creating more state control of the …

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