What is Good for Business is Almost Always Bad for Nature

Tara Wesely Ruminator Review Paul Hawken challenges this truism in The Ecology of Commerce, explaining how his vision of “natural capitalism” merges goals of profitability and sustainability. Business-as-usual will not be sustainable for anyone. Our living systems are already in decline. We cannot continue to sustain our North American levels …

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Citizens Can Prevent Detrimental Development: Environmental Assessment & Citizen Petition Process In Minnesota

Jessie Houlihan Do It Green! Minnesota Each year development continues to encroach upon open spaces in Minnesota. Regardless of where you live, you can probably think of a development nearby that was constructed on land that was degraded by the construction, such as wetlands or special animal habitat. In order …

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Live Simply That Others May Simply Live

Casa Maria Catholic Worker The real solution here is simplicity, a spiritual discipline. When we are running to and fro seeking out the latest material pleasure we neglect the beautiful that is present in everything, everywhere – we never “lieth in green pastures” or “stop to smell the roses.” The …

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Big River Art Contest

Anonymous Anonymous The Big River Art Contest connects students to the science, heritage, and stewardship of the Mississippi River through the practice of art. Each year hundreds of students submit artwork in one of three contest categories: The Mighty Mississippi, Caring for the River, and Big River Journey. Four contest …

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Planning Your Vegetable Garden

Katrina Edenfeld Once your garden soil is prepared, you are ready to plant! Choosing from the huge array of vegetables and herbs can be overwhelming, but there are many resources available to help you choose. First, decide what you would most like to grow in your garden presumably, your favorites. …

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PMS: White Washing the Truth

Joolie Geldner As corporations are mesmerizing menstruating women with images of “summer rain” and “no unsightly accidents” they also white wash the truth behind the health and environmental costs of being able to ride that white horse in your new white chinos. For instance, conventional pads and tampons are loaded …

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Living the Simple Life

Ellen Telander Winsted Organics Farm My husband and I decided years ago that we did not want to wake up one day and wonder “what if?” We did our research and planned for our escape to a small farm in western Minnesota. Neither one of us farmed, but we always …

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¿Qué puedes hacer?

Brooke Owen Translator • Comer sano, incluyendo comida orgánica y fresca y vitaminas adecuadas• Beber y cocinar con agua embotellada o filtrada • Usar envases de vidrio, no de plástico para guardar y re-calentar comida, agua y bebidas• Crear un ambiente interior sano con filtros electroestáticos de aire y filtración HEPA• …

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Fan Zines

Susan Leem Utne Reader / Intern When I began to read and collect zines I kept one or two in my backpack. Soon they sat in neat piles on my desk, and in a matter of weeks they haphazardly slouched out of shoeboxes. Now these self-made independent periodicals burst through …

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