Don’t hope for a better world – Create it (by planting trees)!

Republic of Change Hack Climate Madagascar Mangrove Trees 2Global deforestation is growing at a devastatingly breakneck rate. In the 50 years leading up to December 2014, we lost the equivalent of 68,000 soccer fields daily. Currently we’re losing 72,000 fields every day! That’s over 74,000 acres of trees daily. It’s high time to act according to Republic of Change.

To learn more about this visionary organization’s initiative to empower people to help reforest the planet, see the full article here.

Yellowstone proposes killing off 1,000 bison from its herd

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Field Campaign

Photo courtesy of Buffalo Field Campaign

Bison, otherwise known as buffalo, as iconic to America as the flag and apple pie. They invoke a sense of freedom and awe. The most famous herd of buffalo resides in Yellowstone National Park.

But freedom is a slippery slope, particularly this time of year for these iconic animals. In wintertime, the herd traverses distances outside the Park to find food and shelter. And that’s where the trouble lays.

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New report shows that existing climate solutions could cut global emissions by 25%

Lake Mendocino drought conditions 2013Imagine this: What if there were ways that would really and effectively fight climate change? Would government leaders embrace them?

It turns out that there already are 17 solutions out there that would let the world could cut annual greenhouse gas emissions by about 12 gigatonnes [2] in 2030. These are established and proven climate solutions – no new inventions required, and no vast amounts of capital necessary to have them work.

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Documentary on Reforesting the planet to save it a finalist at Banff



You may remember the name David Milarch. He’s the founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, the organization that gathers genetic material from “champion trees” to create exact clones that will preserve these very special trees and help reforest our planet. David and Archangel have been written about and filmed by a number of entities around the world for the important work they’re doing.

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Ancient forests of Ireland helped by planting cloned saplings

Ireland - green hillsThoughts of Ireland bring to mind green lush hills, fairies and leprechauns, sunshine and blue seas. But throughout this magical country there are few trees or forests.

The ancient wild forests that stood for 9,000 years were cleared long ago. Since the Norman invasions, Ireland’s wild forests cover only 0.02 percent of the country. But remnants of these legendary forests exist and, with help from some innovative Americans, they could be flourishing again in years to come.

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Dart tells New York City’s Mayor – Don’t landfill polystyrene, let’s recycle it!


The nationwide movement to take the pressure off our landfills just got another ally. Dart Container Corp. – a leader in the polystyrene foodservice product industry that I’ve been writing about since 2009.

Dart’s President Jim Lammers recently released a video aimed at New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, urging him to recycle, not landfill, the city’s styrofoam.

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Four U.S. companies expand commitment to responsible paper by dropping Sustainable Forestry Initiative certification

Photo by Debra Atlas

As consumer demand for green business practices grows, companies continue to seek the best solutions and organizations that will help them meet that demand.

In the business of sustainably sourced wood products, there’s been a steady movement away from one of the more favored providers – Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) that in recent days has become controversial amid numerous allegations of greenwashing nasty business practices.

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