Our Plastic Oceans

In the late 1980’s, large islands of floating trash seen by satellites were reported in the global news. Swirls of trash concentrated by the movement of the oceans’ gyres gave another hint to the then naïve public that our planet is finite after all. The world population—as of early 2018—is estimated at 7.6 billion; all contributing waste and debris to some extent.Read More

 

Bans, Taxes, and Fees: The Politics of Plastic Bags

It has become common practice around the world to use disposable plastic bags to assist us in our every day lives. Out of mere convenience and utility, the plastic bag has become a go-to resource for in-store purchases, big or small.

However, in light of current of research pointing to the environmental impacts of plastic bags, many cities, states, and countries have sought to change this through regulation and legislation.… Read More

 

The Environment This Week – September 17-24

The major trend from this week’s environmental news is no new trend at all. Those who are most effected by climate change are the smallest contributors to it. Those who are the biggest contributors are being asked to pony up, but as we already know, most of them will be getting off scot free.… Read More

 

Trump Pulls Out of Paris Agreement… The World Reacts

This week Trump announced that the US would be pulling out of the Paris Agreement… and some of the most influential people immediately responded. Here’s what they had to say:

Elon Musk

After staying on as Trump’s council despite their differences in opinion, Elon Musk has now stepped down.… Read More

 

Weekly Eco Summary: New High Score!

Feb 12 – 19

The Environment: Last week in short:

Last week researches published a study stating that we are changing the climate 170 times faster than natural forces. An unprecedented heatwave in Australia may be a hint of the extreme weather trends we can expect moving forward… and air pollution has become so bad in some cities that he health benefits of exercising outdoors are trumped by the negative impact of the pollution.… Read More

 

Trump Dominates The Environment : Weekly Eco Summary

Sooo yaaa….

It looks like this might actually be as bad (or worse) than we thought.

Weekly Summary

Last week was dominated by Trump who got right to work at reversing as much environmental progress as possible. Trump issued an executive order to approve the DAPL and multiple republicans have introduced bills proposing to strip or completely eliminate the EPA.… Read More

 

#30 Share The Wealth

If you found this guide useful, someone you know probably will too.

I’m happy to share my minimalism and environmental experience with those who want to decrease their environmental impact. I hope you can now take some of this new knowledge and spread the wealth!

Your Action Item:

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#29 Stay Inspired

Nature inspires…

As conscious consumers we put in a lot of work to preserve what matters to us and we face a lot of challenges. It’s not easy to be an environmentalist and read news about Trump’s plans to limit the EPA and increase fossil fuel extraction.… Read More

 

#28 Less is More

Embrace minimalism…

More and more Americans are realizing the downsides of our over consumption and the upsides of returning to the basics.

Apart from improving quality of life, the minimalists featured in this documentary are drastically reducing their environmental impact. As we learned in the start of this 30 day guide, the biggest thing we can do to shrink our environmental impact is to decrease our consumption.… Read More

 

#27 Stifling Stuff

How much stuff do you have? And how much of it do you really need?

The average American home (I know you’re anything but average 😙) has tripled in size in the last 50 years, and yet 1 in 10 Americans still uses offsite storage for their stuff…

We’ve even got a television show dedicated to helping the extreme hoarders clean out their homes.… Read More