the environment

Midway Film

April 13, 2014 ethics
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This morning I opened my e-mail inbox to discover a headline I simply couldn’t ignore: People Should Know About This Awful Thing We Do. In light of all the awful things I already know we do, I just wasn’t sure that I would be able to handle learning about yet another. But I clicked anyway. […]

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Why James Cameron Says You Should Be Vegan

March 29, 2014 the environment
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Yes, you… That is, if you consider yourself to be an environmentalist. Cameron, who was honored at a National Geographic Anniversary Gala last June, took the opportunity to inspire others by explaining his recent decision to stop using animal products. “We’re always talking about the action items… What are we asking people to do? What are […]

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Commerical Fishing: Methods Behind the Madness

February 19, 2014 ethics
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  “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Teresa What did the seas look like 100 years ago? 200 years ago? These were the questions that floated through my mind as I snorkeled off […]

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An Experiment in Sharing: Seattle Food Forest

October 11, 2013 the environment
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Seattleites in the Beacon Hill neighborhood are participating in a social experiment. Can planting a shared food forest help bring the community together to grow food, rehabilitate the local ecosystem, improve public health and educate people about the environmental impact of food production? The Beacon Food Forest is currently being cultivated on seven acres of […]

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Creative Ecology 102

September 25, 2013 Gentle World
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As promised, here is another example of what you can do using recycled materials. This is our bunny rabbit Poof who we rescued eight years ago. He is now a close part of the Gentle World family and lives on our large outdoor deck. He has the run of our large (30′ x 30′) deck […]

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Re-Purposing: Portable Shade Structures

August 26, 2013 Gentle World
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In Gentle World we believe in not only “Reducing, Reusing and Recycling” but also Re-purposing! (often called Up-Cycling) We practice and teach modern environmentalism, in part by reclaiming items that may have been headed to the dump or recycling center (remember: although recycling is very important, it still takes energy and other resources – keep […]

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Creative Ecology 101: The Stroller-Barrow

June 1, 2013 Gentle World
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You may be curious about the interesting contraption featured in this photograph. Sky, another long time member of Gentle World, has a passion for re-using (up-cycling) materials that he finds at the transfer station or that have been gifted to our organization. This is a magical way to give secondhand items a chance for a new […]

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It Must Have Been Lovely

March 2, 2013 ethics
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In October of 1970, as an anthem for the very first Earth Day, American singer-songwriter Tom Paxton wrote a haunting song painting a picture of the planet as it might one day be… devoid of the wonders of the natural world.

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Great Reasons to Shop Secondhand

February 1, 2013 the environment
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I grew up shopping in thrift stores. I remember my mother searching for me as I hid in between clothing racks, her cart piled high with colorful finds and the happy expression on her face when she found both my hiding spot and the perfect outfit for me. I learned during these excursions about the […]

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The Story of Stuff

September 29, 2012 the environment
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The computer I am using to type this story is about seven years old now and has begun to make those deathly “crunching” sounds, as I like to call them, that signal its potential for a sudden demise. What this means is that soon, whether I want to or not, I’ll be buying a new […]

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