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Wangari Maathai: A Seed of Hope that Grew

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Special feature by Rosie MacLeod ‘The environment is the water we drink, the air we breathe. We cannot live without it.’ – Wangari Maathai. [1]   When questioned about the documentation of history and knowledge, Margaret Atwood famously described the past as ‘largely made of paper’[2] and the librarians and archivists as its ‘guardians’.[3] However, if you went to rural Kenya, you would see that the past, present and future is composed of and dependent on trees. Its guardian, responsible for planting 51 million of these, is Wangari Maathai (1940-2011). She described her tree planting revolution as ‘planting…a legacy for our children as our ancestors left us.’[4] How would you react if you could see the beautiful countryside in which you ... Read More »

Eco News Roundup: Communities around the country find ways to care for Earth

Communities around the country find ways to care for Earth

How have attitudes and best practices in the built environment translated to a better understanding of sustainability? This first article shows examples of living better harmony with our surrounding environment. Communities around the country find ways to care for Earth Sustainable living has gone mainstream. Whether they live in a LEED-certified vacation development in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon or a quaint New England town with a goal of reducing carbon emissions, Americans celebrated Earth Day this year finding ways to better exist in harmony with the environment and their local communities. (Photo: Gary Hall Photography) Click here to view original web page at www.usatoday.com   Next we look at how community partnerships: Kessler Homes is the exclusive builder for ... Read More »

EarthTalk: Ways to Support Earth Day

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EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How can I find Earth Day events near me or are there other ways to show my support for the green movement on Earth Day?                                                — Jessica Monteleone, Bridgeport, CT April 22, 2015 is the 45th annual celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970, when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Back then, thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment, while grassroots groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, ... Read More »