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by Mary Meade
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August 16, 2018
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2017 marked the first year that a continental U.S. species of bumblebee was listed as endangered as a result of pathogens, parasites, and human activity. The subsequent uproar from environmentalists demanded that we safeguard these important pollinators or face the consequences of a dwindling food supply. Countries around the world have since acted to protect bumblebees; the same is not so easily…

Labor, Social Justice

by Victoria Stafford
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August 8, 2018
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Labor, Social Justice
In May, Global Labor Justice uncovered active gender-based violence in Asian factories supplying American apparel giants H&M and Gap. Results conclude that abuse against female garment workers stems directly from the way fast fashion meets its bottom line: outsourcing, contract work, and accelerated labor. We're living in the era of fast fashion. Boasting 52 micro-seasons a year, this…

Climate

by Victoria Stafford
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August 8, 2018
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Climate
The clean vehicle revolution has met its resistance. Last week, the Trump administration announced its intention to suspend vehicle anti-pollution and fuel-efficiency standards, a clear strike on Obama-era climate change mitigation initiatives. Ironically named The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, the proposal would eliminate incentives for automakers to build cleaner cars…
by Victoria Stafford
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August 6, 2018
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Climate
Baltimore has decided to take Big Oil by the horns. In late July, Baltimore filed a lawsuit against 26 defendants — including ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Shell — for exacerbating the city’s sea level rise and contributing to recent sporadic weather behavior. City officials argue that these escalating impacts of climate change are at fault for the mounting expenses of protecting Baltimore’s residents…
On Saturday, July 21st, environmental leaders from around the country converged on the National Mall to engage in the Zero Hour Youth Climate March—a global, youth-led movement urging those in power to enact science-based policies to confront climate change. The 3-day Zero Hour demonstration began on July 19th, with the Youth Climate Lobby Day during which Zero Hour leaders visited Capitol Hill…

Green Living, Social Justice

by Victoria Stafford
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August 6, 2018
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Green Living, Social Justice
While plastic straw bans represent progress in the movement against single-use plastics, the bans have been criticized for negatively impacting individuals with motor disabilities who rely on plastic straws to drink. In this article, we discuss why plastic straws are still a necessity for some and how you can support effective anti-plastic initiatives that are accessible to all. Summer is in…

Finance

by Green America
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August 6, 2018
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Have you ever wondered, what do I have to do to be a socially responsible investor? Is there a minimum commitment? What’s on the sustainable, responsible and impact investing (SRI) horizon? Green America’s executive co-director Fran Teplitz spoke with George Gay, CEO of First Affirmative Financial Network, a national network of financial advisors specializing in socially and environmentally…
by Scott Sacknoff, Serenity Shares Investments
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July 31, 2018
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Guest blog post from Scott Sacknoff of Serenity Shares Investments Most people would be surprised using the terms “United Nations” and “viral marketing” in the same sentence, but that is essentially what is happening with the UN Sustainable Development Goals—otherwise known as their 17 “SDGs”. It’s a term gaining increasing attention from companies and investors around the globe. What are the…

Food, Labor, Social Justice

by Mary Meade
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August 1, 2018
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If you drink coffee, you’ve probably heard the words “fair trade” and “direct trade.” Both seek to protect farmers from predatory corporations and work with farmers to develop partnerships that benefit both stakeholders. So, what’s the difference? What is Fair Trade? The fair trade movement has grown in demand over the decades – the most obvious sign being the development of multiple fair trade…

Green Living

by Scott Kitson
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July 17, 2018
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Green America is now accepting nominations for great green business in homewares, furnishings, or building construction. Does this describe your business? Self-nominations are welcome, or you can nominate a business colleague in the "green home" sector. Two businesses will win a $5,000 prize to support missions. Nominations for home-centered green business are accepted through July 30, 6pm EST.…