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From farmers’ markets to local finance schemes, from plant-based education to rewilding projects, localization initiatives are on the front line of protecting soil health, biodiversity, economic resilience and community wellbeing. They are the ‘lifeboats’ that will lead us through times of crisis and into the more beautiful futures our hearts know are possible, despite the obstacles posed by a system geared to supporting the big and the global.
Learn about how to build a resilient future from a teacher who teaches urban design at Harvard Graduate School of Design and about a town in Japan that has been working on being zero-waste since 2003.
Do you know about the WPA which was created back in 1935? There are aspects of it that could inspire some of the challenges we face today.
Special Film Festival Event, September 3-8th!
I’m planning on watching the 20 short films being featured that highlight people impacted by a changing climate and those with the passion and determination to understand and solve it through science and activism.
Another film not to miss is premiering on September 22nd on Netflix.
My friends Josh and Rebecca Tickell, who are also the Gamechanger Duo in this issue, made the film. They are an inspiring force in the environmental film world. I’m so grateful for the work they do and for the stories they tell.
Keep your calendar open because there is more to add to it.
On October 8th, the mighty Winona LaDuke is in conversation with Leah Penniman and then on October 25th, Kali Akuno and George Monbiot are having a conversation.
Find out more about them here!!
I love finding out when someone has come up with a solution to a problem that has bothered me for years: bird fatalities due to wind turbines.
Read here about what could make a difference.
Plastic pollution is such a huge blight on the planet, and it fills me with hope when I read about a sustainable brand making a difference and the tribe it took to address where the plastic problem starts and coming up with a solution. Don’t miss the fantastic article that is posted in it.
I’ve recommended several books for adults and kids, and you’ll find them scattered amongst the blog posts. I’m obsessed with all the books, including the ones for the kids. And if a book doesn’t manage to put you to sleep at night, there is always this beautiful option from the wilds of Canada.
Explore the latest entries in one of my favorite parts of the Almanac, the Cabinet of Green Curiosities which features vermipods (currently in my compost pile), tektite and book loving ants.
The artist-designer this month splits his time between England and Mexico. He designs and makes creations using natural and sustainable materials found in Mexico.
I love to cook and especially when I can use produce from own my garden. The recipes in this issue include courgettes (zucchini), sage and mushrooms. They are all easy to make and delicious.
Are you interested in beauty products that don’t have plastic in them?
Boy, do I have an app for you!
Do you love spending time in the great outdoors and would like to learn more about all the wonderful flora and fauna you are seeing? I have several apps for you. And if you are wondering how you can freeze your extra onions and garlic, I have info for that too!
And, I have left something very special for last. It’s just a start, but I’ve planted my first medicinal herb garden where I am growing my own medicine specific to what I need.
Read about it here.
Stop by my store and see the latest products I have added, many are vintage, some I’ve made and others are new and ALL are practical, great looking and useful.
May you and yours stay safe, healthy and well in all ways.
All the best always,
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Husband and wife team, Josh and Rebecca Tickell, are the darlings of the environmental movement via the award-winning documentaries and feature films they have written and directed with their production company…
We all know that one of the easiest ways to help the environment is by using eco-friendly bags, the kind that is reusable and washable and if only more people would pivot to eco-friendly bags, we could then cut down the number of plastic bags being manufactured and distributed all over the world.
What Have Plants Ever Done for Us? Western Civilization in Fifty Plants By Stephen A. Harris
Plants are an indispensable part of our everyday lives. From the coffee bean that gets roasted for our morning brew to the grasses that feed the animals we eat to the rubber tree that provides the raw materials used in the tires of our cars, we depend on plants for nearly every aspect of our lives.