Environment, well-being, What is Organic

Sustainable Business Practices are Imperative for our Future 

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You can’t ignore the dire warnings of the IPCC’s 6th climate assessment report. The proof presents itself as we witness centuries-old forests burn, German villages flood, and arctic glaciers melt. We know that carbon dioxide is the primary driver of climate change. However, short-lived pollutants—like methane—can be far more potent—hundreds to thousands of times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. 

Cows beset with flatulence, spewing oil and gas wells, and waste fermenting in our landfills produce methane.  

Waste from homes and businesses and the methane generated in landfills as waste decomposes is the third-largest source of CH4 emissions in the United States.

Reducing our waste is something we can do right now, and it’s evolved from the notion of vestibules that separate paper, plastic, and glass. It requires commitment and planning.  

At home, it seems simple, but the approach in our workplace, be it corporate or small business, can make even bigger impacts but can be daunting.

How does one begin the journey as a business owner or an engaged earth champion at work? 

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Environment, well-being, What is Organic

Five ways to Generate Hope in The Age of Climate Chaos

hope is on the horizon
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The Climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) wasn’t a huge surprise. Stable weather patterns we’ve enjoyed for generations have now grown turbulent. Drought and heat, floods and fire are bound to become more frequent.

The report sites: “Since the pre-industrial period, the land surface air temperature has risen nearly twice as much as the global average temperature.” Our changing climate will increase in the frequency and intensity of these extreme events.

Is there any hope to be had?

 Yes! Rather than moping around glum or feeling doomed, I’ve decided there are things I can do to lower my footprint.   

Here are 5 simple things I’ve embraced to generate hope and cut my environmental impact. 

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Conjuring Up a Positive Future in a Chaotic World

I had the good fortune to have a mother who taught me the future was mine to imagine. She believed that with positive intentions and affirmations one could create anything – and I believed her. 

I went forward and manifested many things –, a home with a view, a business with purpose, and a sense of self-empowerment.

Then the world went sideways a bit. Perhaps it was heading that way already, but a show-stopping pandemic, intensifying climate emergencies, on the heels of political and social unrest has made me ponder.

How can we all stay positive in a world full of chaos? I have a few ideas:       

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Culinary Delights, Environment, Social Implications in Agriculture, well-being, What is Organic

True Confessions of a Sometimes Vegan

Great armored bugs once lived in a basement hewn from Iowa bedrock. Amongst fermenting sauerkraut and tangled webs, my father took on the heroic battle of exterminating their presence. I cried every time, begging him to stop.

I was born with an innate belief that all beings have a right to live – they all serve a function in the web of biodiversity. It was a philosophical no-brainer for me to adopt a vegan diet.

My confession then; as the years went by, I slid in and out and became a sometimes-vegan.

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Culinary Delights, Travel, well-being, What is Organic

If You Are Ready to Travel Pack Patience and Intention

Its a brave new world out there!
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A family tentatively emerges through a tall door into the world – the light beckons.

That’s the May 24th New Yorker magazine cover, which pretty much sums up where we are after months of isolation.

I’ve become oddly accustomed to this interlude of life, the interruption of my body in motion.

Seduced by foreign lands, exotic foods, and cultures, I traveled with rambunctious determination. When the pandemic took me home, holding me firmly in place, I then realized the very privileged life I led. The world shifted, I gained perspective.

Now we’re all figuring out how to behave as “the normal” unfolds.

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