Sustainability in our DNA

Women play a vital role in society; we are the hub in the wheel on which the family resides, we are the silent hard workers.  A woman symbolizes the earth, she searches for food and offers protection and safety.
Through the generations, women have fought for the right to vote, an end to sexual violence, equal rights in family law, fair wages or equal pay, the rights to own property and to education, the list is endless. Our next pivotal role now, which has always been of paramount importance but has become critical: our role in sustainability.
I believe that we can be catalysts for innovation in sustainability.  We are naturally nurturing and what better a cause to fight for than mother earth and the health of its inhabitants.  

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Ethical Shopping: How Consumers are Driving Change

Melbourne physiotherapist Lauren Dircks and her husband Andrew Casey began their ethical shopping journey when they had their first child nine years ago. The couple had already done a six-month course on sustainable living and saw an opportunity to make food choices that aligned their environmental principles with better health. “It was about making different choices and how you can take little steps to be a better global citizen,” Lauren says.

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Find More Happiness by Spending Money on Buying Time, Not Stuff

Find More Happiness by Spending Money on Buying Time, Not Stuff

Money can’t buy happiness, right? Well, some researchers beg to differ. They say it depends on how you spend it. A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that when people spend money on time-saving services such as a house cleaner, lawn care or grocery delivery, it can make them feel a little happier. By comparison, money spent on material purchases — aka things — does not boost positive emotions the way we might expect.

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Women’s March Organizers “Reclaiming Their Time” at Convention

Women's March Organizers "Reclaiming Their Time"

Back in January, millions of women marched en masse in the nation’s capital and beyond, one day after the inauguration of America’s 45th president, Donald Trump. Now, leaders behind the historic Women’s March have designated “Reclaiming Our Time” as the official theme of its forthcoming Women’s Convention next month in Detroit. The two-day confab, slated for October 27-29 at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, is expected to bring together thousands of women, femmes and allies of all backgrounds. The weekend is being billed as one of strategy sessions, workshops, forums and intersectional movement building ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, organizers said.

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Transforming 660 Pounds of Plastic Debris Into Artwork

Transforming 660 Pounds of Plastic Debris Into Artwork

Eko Nugroho, Indonesia’s leading visual artist, has collaborated with such iconic and recognizable brands as Louis Vuitton and IKEA – now, he has created a piece meant to highlight the issue of the plastic pollution of our planet. The piece, called Bouquet of Love, is a 30-by-20-foot installation created using 660 pounds of local plastic debris. It will be installed on a popular beach club in Bali.

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Breaking Your Own Glass Ceiling: A Conversation with Women of Green Founder, Carolyn Parrs

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This week Carolyn was interviewed on the podcast THE ENERGY PARADIGM. Host and creator, Victor Porak de Varna, discusses with her how women can break their own glass ceiling and make a difference in the world — and what young women need to know when they start out. Let us know your big takeaway!

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Why Women Need to Be Leading on Climate Change Around the World

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Women who aim for high political office often face plenty of challenges along the way. As a result, “they have an ability to resist and lead which is undoubtedly stronger than that of most men with a typical career path,” says Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. That hardiness is coming in handy as many of the world’s cities – a growing number of them led by women – move to take the lead in adopting clean energy, adapting to climate threats and otherwise battling climate change. Women, “have the courage to bring about those changes,” said Hidalgo, Paris’ first woman mayor and the first female leader of a global network of more than 80 cities leading on climate action. In two years, the number of women in charge of large cities that are taking the lead on climate change has risen from four to 16, according to C40 Cities, which is organizing a conference for women leaders in New York.

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7 Tiny Steps for the Beginner Minimalist

Similar to considering other lifestyle changes, people who are thinking about becoming a minimalist generally fall into 3 categories. ONE: Let’s Go – Where is the dumpster/recycling/donation centers? TWO: No thanks – I don’t have a stuff problem, I have a space problem. THREE: I’m interested, but I don’t know where to start. Sometimes, the twos make the jump when they see how happy the ones and threes are. I’ve become a minimalist slowly. I stepped into minimalism, stepped out, moved forward, moved back and finally began to lean in consistently. What took me so long? Over the course of 7 years, I simplified my diet, stuff, debt, health, home and busyness. There are a few reasons why I intentionally took my time. In my experience, slow shifts are more sustainable than radical change. I have a family and they come first. I had to experiment to determine what was enough for me. I was seeking more. Just getting rid of stuff wasn’t my intention. I wanted to discover what meant most to me, what made my heart sing. I am still seeking, experimenting and defining enough. I don’t have an end point in mind. If you are a beginner […]

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Being an Environmental Optimist When Things Seem Bad

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I wasn’t born an optimist. At least I don’t think so. Not sure what the balance of nature versus nurture is, but until my mid-20’s, I was one of those annoying people that had a knack for finding the worst-case scenario in every situation. There was a tectonic shift in my world-view not long after I made it through the quarter century mark. And I began what has been another quarter century plus challenge to retrain my neuropathways to seek out the positive in all situations. Most days, the glass is half full; some days my opinion on the status of the water in the glass is neutral; and occasionally, the glass is just dry (heavy sigh) — the plight of human existence? Here are 6 ways to be an environmental optimist despite the sometimes tragic and overwhelming news.

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Minimalism: A Documentary About Finding More Meaning with Less

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While in his 20s, Joshua Fields Millburn faced a trio of challenges: the death of his mother, divorce, and a deep dissatisfaction with his high-paying job. He decided to limit himself to only those things that served a purpose, hoping to find more meaning in life (“Love people, use things, because the opposite never works,” he says). His longtime friend Ryan Nicodemus joined him in an easygoing embrace of a “minimalist” philosophy, eventually resulting in the recent book tour that this film follows.

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