By Ryan Hixson
On a recent trip to Southern Arizona, a friend and I decided to tour Kartchner Caverns State Park, the massive limestone cave discovered by Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts in 1974 while they were exploring the limestone hills near the Whetstone Mountains.
“We need to radically change the way we acquire the things we want. The model where everyone owns one of everything is badly broken… The moment now is to use software, technology, and good old-fashioned community organizing to make sharing ubiquitous.” ~ Adam Werbach, CEO, yerdle.com
Since the turn of the century, we have literally rewired our world for sharing, and it has revolutionized our economy and our identity as consumers. Due in part to the global recession of 2008, people everywhere have begun asking if we really need to own so much stuff, most of which sits unused. Why not share with someone else, or thousands of other people right in your own neighborhoods, cities or campuses? What a concept AND less stuff means zero waste!
By Amanda Harvey
When you think of overgrown grass, weeds and plants, what is the first solution that comes to mind? Noisy landscapers mowing, cutting and trimming? Maybe spraying weed killer and other herbicides will do the trick. But what if there was a less labor-intensive and more eco-friendly solution? There is, in fact — employing goats.
“Measured against the problems we face, planting a garden sounds pretty benign, I know, but in fact it’s one of the most powerful things an individual can do – to reduce your carbon footprint, sure, but more important, to reduce your sense of dependence and dividedness…” – Michael Pollan
What if you could reduce your “food miles” to zero, so that your food would only have to travel from your backyard to your plate? A garden reduces your footprint and accomplishes so much more; it takes your dollars out of the pockets of big ag and pesticide conglomerates. It’s also a smart choice financially; homegrown produce costs a fraction of what you buy at the store. Whole Foods Market’s Whole Kids Foundation is a huge proponent of gardening, especially as a means of nourishing our youth!
Less Bad is Not the Same as Good
By Anton G. Camarota, PhD
Above photo courtesy of Ryan Somma
In a recent research report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, the authors noted that while 70 percent of the companies surveyed considered sustainability to be important for their success, only 40 percent had made some efforts to address the issue. Reacting to pressures from customers and regulators as well as resource scarcity, those companies making significant inroads in their sustainability efforts have implemented eco-efficiency as their primary sustainability strategy.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa
Imagine dropping a tiny pebble into a still pond, and watching as that one small impact sets off a series of ripples that grow larger and larger, emanating outward until, eventually, they have spanned the entire pond. You are that pebble. You are the impact. You are the change.