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The Rise of the Homesteading Lifestyle Among Millennials

August 3, 2020
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A growing number of young people are returning to the land. The appeal of the homesteading lifestyle has attracted millennials to live differently, growing their own food and living a bit lighter on the earth. 

Even as a generation raised in a technology-focused time, these young people are seeking out ways to live more connected to their environment. The motivation behind seeking a more agrarian lifestyle seems to be rooted in two things — living more authentically and environmental sustainability. 

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Technology that Could Prevent Soil Erosion

July 24, 2020
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Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? That massive hole in the ground is the result of millions of years of erosion — water washing away layer after layer of rock until an enormous canyon formed. This landform is a dramatic example of erosion. On a smaller scale, substances like soil are also susceptible to erosion. 

Soil erosion can be problematic. Without nutrient-rich topsoil, we have nowhere to plant our crops, meaning the human race could potentially starve. What causes soil erosion, and what technologies could prevent it?

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Does Organic Farming Matter? 10 Pros and Cons of Organic Farming

July 18, 2020
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Consumers are increasingly seeking out organic food, primarily produce. In the last few years, the demand for organically grown food has skyrocketed. Growing food organically means cultivating crops without the use of synthetic chemicals or fertilizers. Yet why does this matter? Does it make a difference for human health, rural economies or the environment? 

Here are 10 organic farming pros and cons.

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Technology Creating the Purest Water in the World

July 15, 2020
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When we turn on the faucet or open a bottle, we’re fairly confident in the cleanliness of the water that we drink. That confidence is exclusive to the developed world. Currently, about 700 million people worldwide live under the threat of water scarcity, while in labs, scientists are creating the purest water in the world. 

How did scientists achieve this feat, and what can the rest of us do to protect one of the most valuable resources on our planet?

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Wildlife

How Does Plastic Affect Animals and How Can We Help Wildlife?

June 24, 2020
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It’s difficult to ignore the detrimental effects of climate change. Sometimes, it’s even more complicated to understand it. We know that vehicles emit tons of carbon dioxide, and many of our energy sources operate on fossil fuels. Air pollution harms the Earth’s atmosphere and our own health, but what about plastic pollution?

The majority of us aren’t directly affected by plastic waste. Unfortunately, millions of animals are and that’s why it’s so important to learn about its impacts. This world belongs to all creatures, so we need to become informed and prepared so we can take action.

Check out the effects of plastic pollution and see how you can help.

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Environmental Volunteering Could Be the Key to Saving the Planet

June 8, 2020
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If you’re passionate about recycling, education, wildlife or clean water, environmental volunteering is right up your alley. And even if you aren’t particularly enthusiastic about these things, you can be. All it takes is a single volunteer experience to change the way you see the Earth and find a new appreciation for all it provides. Plus, your actions truly do benefit the planet. In fact, they might even help save it.

By getting involved, you take one step towards a cleaner, healthier Earth. Furthermore, you inspire others to join in and do the same. And global participation will, more likely than not, result in worldwide change. Below, you’ll find a few key components to a healthy Earth and ways in which you can begin to manifest and inspire lasting change.

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Sustainability vs. Conservation: Key Similarities and Differences

May 26, 2020
sustainability vs. conservation

When it comes to discussions about the environment, people sometimes view sustainability and conservation as synonymous. Both concepts focus on caring and advocating for the planet, emphasizing the importance of protecting natural resources and preserving ecosystems. However, there is one essential distinction between the two. 

Conservation, including biological and ecological preservation, focuses on protecting what is here now. It’s a broad term that is part practice and part philosophy, a moral application that emphasizes an ethical approach to the natural environment. 

Sustainability, on the other hand, focuses on protecting and preserving the environment so that future generations can thrive and enjoy what current society has now. It focuses on mitigating the human impact on the earth for the future.

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What is a Chief Sustainability Officer and Why Should Companies Have One?

April 6, 2020
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Corporations are beginning to confront their carbon footprint. Some organizations are hiring Chief Sustainability Officers to help find actionable solutions.  A Chief Sustainability Officer, or CSO, is responsible for integrating and managing how environmental issues are factored into business decisions.

CSO’s go beyond setting up recycling bins in the office. In most cases, the work directly with the CEO and executive team to implement solutions that increase profitability while improving the overall sustainability of the organization. The Chief Sustainability Office is also responsible for interacting with employees across all departments, as well as engagement with key investors and consumers.

Chief Sustainability Officers are essential, regardless of the industry. The most common sectors that employ CSO’s are technical consulting services, government, manufacturing and healthcare.

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Top 10 Environmental Startups of 2020

April 1, 2020
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Staying tuned in with what’s happening concerning environmental startups can help you see what’s coming down the pipeline and feel hopeful about the future. Here are 10 environmental startups to keep an eye on in 2020 and beyond. 

1. Arcadia

Arcadia is an environmental startup based in the District of Columbia. It offers software to help residential utility customers find their best clean energy options based on where they live and what’s available in those markets. It recently raised $30 million in Series C funding and reportedly has hundreds of thousands of customers even in these early stages. 

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Wildlife

Scientists Search for Animals Spreading Coronavirus

March 30, 2020
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In early December, the city of Wuhan, China, became the epicenter of the novel coronavirus. Since then, the virus has spread across the globe, infecting more than 500,000 people and killing more than 20,000. As scientists race to find the culprit behind the infection, evidence points to animals — namely those sold at a specific market in Wuhan. 

While numerous species remain suspect in investigating the cause, including bats and pangolins, the mystery remains unsolved. Meanwhile, the virus continues to spread. 

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