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To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead To Change Our Direction, It’s Time to Follow Nature’s Lead
by Sarah van Gelder
It takes humility to recognize that what we’ve called progress isn’t always for the better. Sometimes nature’s original idea was a better one.
To Save Our Ecosystems, Stop Overloading Them To Save Our Ecosystems, Stop Overloading Them
by Doug Pibel, Madeline Ostrander
Left alone, natural systems keep nitrogen, carbon, and other key ingredients of life balanced.
From Soap to Cities, Designing From Nature Could Solve Our Biggest Challenges From Soap to Cities, Designing From Nature Could Solve Our Biggest Challenges
by Sven Eberlein
Can a boat be designed to clean the water? How does a spider manufacture resilient fiber? We need products that don’t harm us or the environment, and nature’s already done the research.
5 Ways to Protect the Rights of Future Generations 5 Ways to Protect the Rights of Future Generations
by Melanie Jae Martin
This fall, 150 women gathered in the desert town of Moab, Utah, to discuss the changes we would need to respect the rights of future generations.
Maryam Henein: Filmmaker Advocate for the Bees Maryam Henein: Filmmaker Advocate for the Bees
Concerned about dwindling bee populations, this journalist undertook a five-year labor of love to educate the public about the harmful impact of pesticides on bees.
Why Your Health Is Bigger Than Your Body Why Your Health Is Bigger Than Your Body
by Claudia Rowe
New findings explain how politics, economics, and ecology can help or hurt our bodies.
America’s Deficit Attention Disorder America’s Deficit Attention Disorder
by David Korten
Money is the least of our problems. It’s time to pay attention to the real deficits that are killing us.
What We Learned From Swimming With Leeches What We Learned From Swimming With Leeches
by Shannon Hayes
The appearance of “bloodsucking parasites” in one farm family’s pond got them thinking: How could we be so comfortable with our natural world, yet paranoid about harmless—and helpful—creatures in it?
Occupy the Dam: Brazil’s Indigenous Uprising Occupy the Dam: Brazil’s Indigenous Uprising
by John Perkins
In the Amazonian backcountry, tribes are challenging construction of the world’s third-largest dam—by dismantling it. Here’s what they can teach us about standing up to power.
Inside America’s Worst Toxic Waste Cover-Up Inside America’s Worst Toxic Waste Cover-Up
by Valerie Schloredt
Film Review: The Big Fix exposes BP’s efforts to minimize awareness of North America’s biggest oil spill.
How to Save Bats in Your Own Backyard How to Save Bats in Your Own Backyard
by Heidi Bruce, Shannan Stoll
Bats are mammals, shy creatures of the night, and fascinating to watch. They’re also endangered by loss of habitat, disease, and pesticide poisoning. You can help by providing protection.
Feedback from the Melting Arctic Feedback from the Melting Arctic
by Valerie Schloredt
NASA completed a cross-institutional study on rising methane levels in the Arctic. The results, we're afraid, do not look good.
A Last (Chemical) Gasp for Bees? A Last (Chemical) Gasp for Bees?
by Shannan Stoll
Colony collapse disorder threatens food crops valued at $15 billion a year. New research says farm chemicals put our food system at risk.
Rising Sea Levels: The View from a Canoe Rising Sea Levels: The View from a Canoe
by Sena Christian
Decades ago, the legendary journey of the open-ocean canoe Hokule‘a revealed secrets of Hawai‘i’s past and sparked pride in native culture. Now, a voyage around the world offers a new generation lessons about Earth’s uncertain future.
Free Your (Eco)Mind Free Your (Eco)Mind
by Frances Moore Lappé
This Earth Day, think like an ecosystem—and you just might save the world.
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