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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Environment, Organic Policy and Regulations, What is Organic

Our Food Is Entwined with Climate Change and Health

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It’s with a certain foreboding that I witness the stream of climate events ravage the planet. My German friend whose river community has washed away. The Turkish hamlet where I once bought olives now torched to Aegean shores. The farmers who lost their cherries in the Oregon heatwave.

And the COVID-19 virus isn’t done with us yet, as the Delta variant comes marching through.

Our health and vitality depend on the food we eat. As fires, floods, and heat decimate the land and the food we grow upon it, I take pause to reflect.

How can we maintain vibrant health amid climate chaos?

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Culinary Delights, Environment, What is Organic

Indian Food Can Spice Up a Climate-Friendly Plate

I have never been to India, but the Indian food has long captivated my curious palate. The allure began when I moved to California from Iowa. Sitting on the floor eating chickpea masala and fried pakoras stupefied my Midwestern senses.

My infatuation became an obsession after visiting Dubai for an organic trade mission in 2020. Indian people make up a large portion of the population in Dubai. They come to work and bring with them a constellation of India’s culinary traditions. I couldn’t stop making different curries for months!

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Environment, What is Organic

When We Throw Something Away, It Must go Somewhere, But Where?

What would Yoda Do?

I remember uncovering treefrogs from folds of outdoor cushions, wet with morning fog. Their long legs ending in flattened thumbs; they croaked like a bullhorn at night. They’ve been long gone for years, along with the summer fog and winter rains.

Climate defines our identity in the landscape we have grown accustomed to. The plants, animals, bacteria and fungi are changing before our eyes. 

My generation was raised believing everything was at our disposal. We thought we would always have plenty – and we did! We have lived better than queens and pashas of empires foretold. But unfortunately, we were and are still wasteful in our opulence, and this waste contributes to the demise of our planet.

Our conspicuous consumption burns fossil fuels, cuts down trees and pollutes our air and water.

The old saying “waste not, want not,” first coined in 1576, means “willful waste makes woeful want,” and it’s particularly relevant today. Wasteful behavior is a monumental contributor to our climate crisis.

Personal changes we make can have a big impact, and they’re the easiest to tackle.

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The Climate Crisis is an Emergency but also an Opportunity. The future is Ours to Reimagine

Lets reimagine our place in the universe
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Did you read President Biden’s Fact Sheet for the American Jobs Plan? Joe and Kamala are asking us (and Congress) to reimagine who we are as a nation and how we can create a sustainable, compassionate economy.

The plan covers various initiatives—from fixing crumbling bridges to protecting our water and precious wetlands to addressing endangered coastal communities and restoring wildlife. It includes investing in alternate energy resources that include utility-scale energy storage, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, advanced nuclear, rare earth element separations, floating offshore wind, biofuel/bioproducts, quantum computing, and electric vehicles.

The plan allocates 40 percent of the benefits of climate and clean infrastructure investments to disadvantaged communities invests in rural communities and communities impacted by the market-based transition to clean energy.

Now that’s a tall order. Read the White House Briefing, and your head will spin.

Almost everything we consume has been produced, manufactured and shipped to us using fossil fuels. How do we transition our entire lives to a regenerative renewable way of living? How do we behave as a species on this endangered planet to get us to the goal?

Let’s look at it as an opportunity we can all participate in and create new jobs and innovative technologies along the way! 

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