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Global Citizen

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Overview

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Whether you’re conscious of it or not, you ARE a global citizen. Every single one of us is. If this idea seems like a heavy torch to carry, you’re right: it is. You are inheriting a planet plagued by climate change, a global hunger crisis, war, disease, poverty, scarce natural resources and widespread injustice. As educated and mobilized young people, you will be responsible for taking on the challenges that lie ahead.

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Posted by greenlivingaz

Choco Maca Shakes

Ingredients

2 cups water or nut milk
2 Tbsp. raw cacao nibs
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
1 Tbsp. maca powder
6 Dates (pitted) or 6 Tbsp. xylitol, honey or 100 percent maple syrup

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a mixer.
  2. Blend on high until frothy.
  3. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Recipe courtesy of Elaina Love and Chaya Ryvka Diehl. Photo by Emily Polar.

Find more delicious recipes at greenlivingaz.com/recipes.

Overview

“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.”
~ Jacques-Yves Cousteau
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by John and Jennifer Burkhart

Fall is here! Well, in most of the country, anyway. In the Valley, “fall” equates more to a “slight dip in temperature” but also the arrival of harvest-y things. Pumpkins and apples and raking leaves, oh my! To celebrate, we sampled assorted foods made with one of fall’s tastiest harvests — apples.

Sprouts Double Crust Apple PieSprouts | Double Crust Apple Pie

He said:  There’s nothing better than Mom’s homemade apple pie. But a close second is this Sprouts Double Crust Apple Pie with fresh sliced apples in a cinnamon filling covered by a downright delicious flaky, buttery crust. I’m going to have a hard time not eating this whole pie in one sitting.

He gave it: ★★★★★

She said:  Normally I’m not an apple pie lover, but when I finished this slice, I totally licked the plate (a practice usually reserved only for bowls of ice cream, if that gives you any idea!). The crust was thick, flaky and buttery, and the filling was just sweet enough with a hint of cinnamon. The crust-to-filling ratio was a bit off — more filling, please! But still, mighty tasty.

She gave it: ★★★★

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Solar panels at Milestones Charter School in Phoenix

By Lorena Suarez

The Milestones Charter School in Phoenix was founded 14 years ago by five women with almost no money, but a lot of enthusiasm. They beat the odds then, and today the school is blazing new trails by going completely solar — a project nobody believed could get done. Well, almost nobody.

About three years ago, the Living Earth Ecological Institute initiated a solar program to enable and assist non-profit organizations (mostly schools and churches) to acquire and install solar PV (photovoltaic) systems. At the time, almost nobody would touch solar projects with non-profit organizations because they were deemed “unprofitable” by most solar investors and solar installers. However, as sustainability systems coordinator for the Living Earth, I was sure these projects could get done if we found an investor willing to take a risk and help a non-profit.

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Agriculture

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“Industrialized agriculture is a dead end. It’s both extractive in nature – it removes nutrients from the soil without putting anything back – and dependent on pesticides and fertilizers made from natural gas and earthed minerals of limited supply.” ~ Douglas Gayeton, Local

We live in a world of non-disclosure, especially when it comes to farming, food, and the stewardship of our land. For the most part, no one has to tell you that the farm that grew your produce uses pesticides, or that your cereal contains genetically modified corn, or that your beef was raised in a factory farm and pumped with growth hormones and antibiotics. No one really has to tell you about the impact conventional agriculture has on the environment, either.

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Solar Panels

Commercial Poolby Michael Neary

We often hear politicians and others talk about making Arizona the solar capital of the world and, with what seems like a thousand sunny days each year, why shouldn’t we? With all the sunshine and clear days we have here in Arizona, it would appear unnecessary to heat your household water with any type of fossil fuel. From a financial and environmental standpoint, it would be even more inefficient to heat your water with electricity, which is perhaps the most expensive and environmentally harmful way to heat water.

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