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    Week 22: Connect the Dots

    So we’ve talked about food; we’ve talked about consumerism; we’ve talked about environmental impact and carbon footprint; we’ve talked about supporting local economies by buying locally. It’s time to connect these issues and understand how they are all a part of the bigger issue. Author Anup Shah pulls a lengthy quote from Richard Robbins in the article The Effects of Consumerism on the Global Issues. It’s a bit heavy but I think it does a great job of summarizing how these issues we’ve talked about are all connected. Stick with it and we’ll talk about some of the solutions afterwards: “William Rees, an urban planner at the University of British Columbia,…

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    Week 12: Change Your Perspective

    Now that you are a several weeks into the process, you may be thinking more about environmental issues, small scale positive action, and how collective action might be a big part of the solution. You may be feeling really good about the actions you’ve taken so far. You may be struggling with a few – and that’s okay too. As I said in Week 1, learning is half the battle. This means that just thinking about and exploring these issues is an amazing way to change your perspective. For me, the biggest change has been learning to not buy things. And I’m not talking about important things, I’m talking about…

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    Week 1: Learn About The Problems We Face

    They say that learning is half the battle and that saying rings true when exploring how our actions affect the planet. Environmental struggles like climate change and peak oil can seem huge and disconnected from changes we can make in our day-to-day activities. I like the term “being green” because it’s a light-hearted and positive way to talk about some really, really serious problems that we are facing as a human race. Sometimes it can get downright frustrating when you start looking at the big picture. I’ve found that small scale positive actions are one way to fight the bigger battles. For me, “being green” is about taking ownership of…