You’ve heard the buzz about businesses and institutions “going green” and taking steps to become more “sustainable”. And you’ve heard about “greenwashing“, where companies’ deceptively use green marketing to promote the perception that their products, goals, and/or policies are environmentally friendly, thereby spending more money trying to convince the public that their practices are green rather than funding sustainable… Read More Buzz, Buzz, Buzz: Common Misconceptions About Sustainability
I want to live in a world where finding out the true life cycle of the products I use isn’t a full time job. If you don’t know what I mean, take a look at the 7 sins of greenwashing. A 2010 TerraChoice report showed that 95% of companies claiming to be environmentally friendly actually exhibited at… Read More Hidden Greenwashing May Influence Your Decisions
When I was in college, I guided 4-day pre-orientation backpacking trips through the Finger Lakes Trail for first-year students. To do this, I had to go through a series of trainings, one being a 4-day-long backpacking trip with 8 or so other guides to practice teaching lessons. Amidst these practice lessons, we had a fantastic time… Read More Tribute to Plants: Eat a Dandelion Today
Instead, let’s celebrate the Earth EVERYDAY. Every April 22 since 1970, hippies and nature lovers from around the country unite in a grassroots effort to remind everyone to love the Earth. The goal of the first Earth Day was to shed some light on environmental issues of our lives and raise awareness. Back in 1970, this… Read More Happy Earth Day! Now Let’s Get Rid of It.
It’s 4/20, and you all know what that means; it’s the annual holiday for marijuana lovers everywhere. While potheads throughout country indulge in their favorite drug, I am doing the same with my favorite – lupulin, the powder separated from the Humulus lupulus (hops) plant. It’s not a total change of subject. After all, hops… Read More Tribute to Plants: My Favorite Drug
New York City is considering implementing a $0.05 fee on plastic bags. This bit of legislation has the majority support by one vote, and could be signed on May 5th. Should they do it? You decide. The Facts Every year, less than 5% of the 100 billion discarded plastic bags are recycled in the US. These bags litter land and water, causing harm to marine… Read More Do Plastic Bag Fees Work?
We usually justify our claims to mitigate climate change, to preserve nature, and to consume fewer resources by talking about the rights of future generations. We typically refer to the Brundtland Commission’s definition of sustainable development (“development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs“), which… Read More Do We Have an Obligation to Protect the Environment for Future Generations?