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Buiding an Ark with Oprah

by: Heather on 05/23/2008
Posted in: Sustainable Living

It seems that more and more people are waking up to the environmental and health benefits of a vegetarian diet. Ethan Smith, author of Building an Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering, just sent us a link letting us know that trend-setter Oprah has joined the ranks of the meat-free with her 21-day vegan cleanse.

Why is this interesting? We're …

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Food Waste

by: Heather on 05/12/2008
Posted in: Sustainable Living

Tomorrow I'll have a brand new book announcement, but for today I wanted to share a couple of links that I came across this weekend that relate to the amount of food wasted in an average household. These links relate to British statistics, but I imagine that the same holds true for the average North American family.

In the first story, studies show …

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Green Glamour with Franke James

by: Heather on 05/08/2008
Posted in: Sustainable Living

One of my favourite eco-artists, Franke James, has a new visual essay up on her blog about how to be green and glamorous. Like all of Franke's other work, this essay takes a fun approach to a serious problem - in this case the ridiculous over-proliferation of consumer goods (such as clothes) in North America.

I know that it's been years since I …

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Guest Post - Albert Bates

by: Heather on 09/25/2007
Posted in: Sustainable Living

Today we have a guest post from Albert Bates, author of The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook and director of the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology and the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Tennessee. Thanks Albert!

After a busy year teaching natural building and permaculture at The Farm, I am getting ready for my …

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Guest Post - Cecile Andrews

by: Heather on 08/23/2007
Posted in: Sustainable Living

Today we have another guest post, this time from Cecile Andrews, author of Slow is Beautiful. Thanks Cecile!

We know we're in a crisis on many fronts. In particular, we're faced with climate change, war, and the increasing loss of freedom and democracy in the United States. In my book, Slow is Beautiful: New Visions of Community, Leisure, and Joie de Vivre, I've talked about how our lack of time is a key issue in all of our major problems. Some look on this issue of "time poverty" as a lesser issue: We're faced with such dire problems, how can you talk about long work hours?! But if citizens have no time to inform themselves, engage in civic discourse, or get involved politically, there will be no changes. Our increasingly long work hours can undermine democracy and our work to save the planet.

But there's another "hidden"issue as well: the decline of freedom of expression in the work place. In Slow is Beautiful I tell a story about the president of my community college, where I was an administrator for many years, chastising me for criticizing the chancellor of our system. I wasn't fired, but disgust with his treatment contributed to my decision to quit.

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