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Eco & Activist Book Recommendations

Amanda Luker Arise! Bookstore Our Way or the Highway: Inside the Minnehaha Free State by Mary Losure. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Minnehaha Free State, the longest urban occupation in US history. On the coldest night of the year in 1998, over 600 police brutalized and arrested …

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Eco History: The Life Cycle of Recycle

Emily Plucinak Carver County Historical Society Reduce, reuse, recycle. We have known the old adage since grade-school, seen the triangular-shaped symbol on the bottom of plastic containers, and have even crushed soda cans and brought them to our local supermarket’s parking lot. A century ago, however, waste not, want not …

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Green Educational Materials

Ami Voeltz The Twin Cities Green Guide Here are some resources for teachers or presenters that are looking for materials on environmentalism or sustainability. Consider enhancing your curriculum on these important issues. Organizations that have materials or offer presenters: Eco-Education 210 E. 10th St., Suite 375 St. Paul, Minnesota 55101 …

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Healthy Schools Projects

Linda Countryman Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Prevention & Assistance Division Three Minnesota schools reduce pollution and save energy and money. Houston Public Schools in southeastern Minnesota, Pine Point Elementary on the White Earth Reservation, and Hutchinson High School took part in a recently finished pilot project to develop a …

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Minneapolis Residents Tackle Climate Change

Beth Bennett Center for Energy and Environment In 2007, the city of Minneapolis became the first city in the country to fund small grants for its residents to prevent climate change. The grants garnered tremendous success; Minneapolis residents pledged to prevent over 8.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually …

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Other Resources to Get Your Hands On

Ami Voeltz The Twin Cities Green Guide The Twin Cities Green Guide covers many issues dealing with “green” living, sustainability and healthy communities. We feel we have covered all the important topics that are connected with these issues. In some cases, we only had enough space to introduce the issue. …

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The Info on Minneapolis Infoshops

Amanda Luker Arise! Resource Center and Bookstore As Barnes and Noble, Borders, Amazon.com and the like swell rapidly in size and domination of the book world, independent booksellers and infoshops grow in importance to the health of our community. In the past few years, mega-chains like as those listed above …

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Who Is Teaching Your Child?

By John Borowski Environmental and marine science teacher/author   Do parents in Minnesota want their children learning about climate change from the American Petroleum Institute (a powerful coalition of oil, gas and energy interests who favor increased fossil fuel use) or getting information about complex forest issues from Project Learning …

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