Environment, well-being

The Overlooked Benefits of Thinking About Rubbish

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This week while taking out the rubbish bins and separating the recyclables, I had an Ah-Ha moment. How did I get to this trashy way of living and throw so much stuff away?

I was brought up by a frugal German grandmother who reused almost everything. From jars, bags and cartons, she fed food scraps to the chickens or composted for the garden—hardly anything went into the rubbish bin.  

But I also grew up in the culture of a “Throwaway Society,” one that encouraged unbridled consumerism and excessive waste. The rise of disposable packaging and single-use items was viewed as modern and convenient.

A 1955 article published in Life Magazine applauded “Throwaway Living” with a photo showing an American Family celebrating the convenience of disposable papers and plastics.  

This pondering has me lead thinking about solutions that will help us build a less trashy future.  

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Environment, well-being

Is It Really Too Late to Regenerate Our World?

Photo Paul Nicklen National Geographic
Oil and gas development and climate change pose threats to narwhals.

I remember fondly snuggling up to David Attenborough’s Natural History series documenting the marvels of life on our planet. The wrinkles of subterranean rodents, the curious twists of a narwals tooth, from the great barrier reef to simple tide pools, he filled me with wonder and hope.  

Then on February 23, 2021, Sir David Attenborough spoke to the United Nations Security Council and said to the 15 members, “There is no going back. No matter what we do now, it’s too late to avoid climate change, and the poorest, the most vulnerable, those with the least security are now certain to suffer.”

Then and there, I decided to write a strongly worded letter to myself and ask, what is the world doing to mitigate this impending disaster?

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Environment, Organic Policy and Regulations, What is Organic

Get on the Corporate Social Responsibility Train

All aboardThere is no question; we are living in a time of rapid and bewildering change. Our populations are booming, resources are dwindling, and the planet is warming. Technology is charging ahead enhancing our connectivity with each other and the environment. We are just beginning to understand the impact that years of industrial revolutionary wars have had on the environment and our humanity. In place of government, it is business that must take the lead in re-imagining the way we utilize our natural resources and the way we treat and our workers and our communities. A robust Corporate Social Responsibility program can be the train that brings us to a new station. Continue reading “Get on the Corporate Social Responsibility Train”