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Written by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott

What would you do to help preserve Earth’s natural beauty? Have you ever thought about your reliance on the health of the planet? Recently, the Pope vocalized this truth: that climate change is caused by humans.

From the Pope’s encyclical on climate change: “A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system…A number of scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrogen oxides and others) released mainly as a result of human activity.” Read more

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bee-web2by Alisha “Bee” Forrester Scott­

Do you grow any of your own food? Currently, most people in the U.S. do not, and instead depend on farmers. To grow food, you need pollinators, such as bees. My obsession over saving bees and the food supply chain has inspired me to research, interview and ultimately find our nation’s bee-related sustainable business people. As chaotic as the future of the food supply may be, it’s important to discuss the reality of the situation about the dying bees.

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By Roxanne Bowers1403196644000-Mayor-Weiers-gas-pump-II

The city of Phoenix is holding up to its title as one of the leading cities in public and alternative fuel transportation by participating in National Dump the Pump Day that took place last Thursday. The event was sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association. Phoenix is determined to use the national initiative to spread the word about its outstanding public transportation system.

The city of Phoenix has expanded their transportation options to encourage Phoenix citizens to “Dump the Pump” more often. The MovePHX Campaign hopes participating in Dump the Pump Day will encourage Phoenix citizens to use public transportation and see how it helps riders save money, expand the community and help the environment. Read more

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by Cara Pencak

Arizona Flag and bottlesTucked away in a corner of Tempe is Arizona Distilling Company, a micro distillery established in 2012 by co-owners Matt Cummins, Jonathan Eagan, Jason Grossmiller and Rodney Hu.

“That’s the year we got serious about it,” Grossmiller said, who had previously worked at a casino for 14 years. “I was brushing up on [distilling] and going to different micro distilleries…about seven to eight years before.” Eagan said of the decision to open the distillery, “We trusted Jason with our lives and money.” Read more

By Allison Bishop

cowFor Kevin Danzeisen, dairy farming isn’t just an occupation – it’s in his soul. Growing up in Indiana and California, he relished the hours spent on his grandfather’s dairy farm in Laveen, Arizona.

“Our tradition was to come [to the farm] for Christmas,” Danzeisen said. “I remember walking around with my grandfather and taking in the smells and the sounds. I knew at a young age I belonged in dairy.” Read more

Pork Chorizo Burger 6

This pork chorizo burger from chief culinary officer at M Culinary by Michael’s – Michael DeMaria – is a great way to use fresh, local summer ingredients to make a spicy summer treat.

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By Cara Pencak

Soil & Nature: Part BLast Thursday, the Green Living team attended the 2015 BALLE Conference, hosted by Local First Arizona, and got the “dirt on soil” in the Soil and Nature Part A and B sessions. During Part A, we learned that the amount of carbon in our atmosphere, contributing to the greenhouse effect, is actually tied back to a fluke in the carbon cycle.

Carbon is incredibly important to maintain soil life and today, there is less than two percent of carbon in the soil. That’s just not enough carbon! Without enough carbon, there aren’t enough nutrients in the soil, which results in a lower quality of plant life. Carbon plays a critical role in the water cycle too: Carbon rich soil holds onto more water, which means the less carbon in the soil, the more water is released into our oceans. In fact, according to Sallie Calhoun, owner of Paicines Ranch in California, the rapidly increasing sea levels are more likely the result of carbon-deficient soil, as opposed to the melting polar icecaps (although this is still a contributor).

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