Growing Local: Interview with BALLE's Michelle Long

By working with local businesses, Michelle Long helped make Bellingham, Washington a national leader in urban sustainability. As executive director of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, she's taking her vision to cities around North America.

Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day, which takes place on Black Friday, offers an opportunity to step off the treadmill of consumerism.

I Give Thanks

An original song by Kathryn Mostow, inspired by Margaret Mead's famous quote, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

My Exhibit ... In the Museum of Trash

To better understand his waste footprint, Dave Chameides stored all of his trash in his basement for a year. But what do you do with a year's worth of garbage? The Museum of Trash had the answer.

Investing in the Right Relationships

Because we have invested so much in our relationships with corporations, community and familial relationships are weakened—to the point at which they can't provide sustenance when the corporate bond breaks.

Charter for Compassion

Ecumenical author Karen Armstrong wished for a Charter for Compassion, a yardstick for global empathy crafted from the input of tens of thousands of religious and secular people all over the world. She says that a version of the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," is present in all major world religions.

Service-Learning and Life Philosophies

Here are two dynamic organizations that offer your students opportunities and engaging resources to express and act on what they believe. Encourage your students to take on a service-learning project or submit a personal essay to "This I Believe."

Visual Learning: Walking Slowly

Use this photo to ask your students what they notice and are wondering. Then share the facts behind the image to connect to greater understanding and discovery.

Facing the Future

Here is a range of lessons from Facing the Future for grades K-12, including some projects for university level students.