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One caring individual can have positive impact on the environment

Can Individuals Make a Real Impact on the Environment?

It’s easy to think that you, as one single person, can’t make a difference with an issue as overwhelming and all-encompassing as climate change. But sometimes, one person is all it takes to start a local, national or even global movement. Think about recycling. The citywide and government-funded recycling campaigns we know and love today didn’t start until the 1970s….

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How is Earth Day like New Years' Eve?

How Earth Day is Just Like New Years’ Eve

I’m not eager to spoil the party of Earth Day. For the environmentalist crowd, a group to which I pledge my philosophical, if not always explicit, allegiance, Earth Day is a time for celebration and renewal. But there’s something in “Earth Day” that seems a little like New Years’ Eve, at least to me. Which is to say a disappointment. Even…

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Will renewed public activism and presidential rhetoric lead to climate action?

Climate Action: Political Will and Popular Activism

A couple of factors are coming together to breathe new life into hopes for environmental action in the U.S. The combination of political will and renewed enviromental activism are lending support to the possibility that we may see unprecedented climate action in the U.S. over the next four years. At the start of his second term, President Obama’s bold inaugural…

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Developing a sense of deep gratitude for our natural environment may be the best means of spurring the required action to live within its boundaries

Environmental Gratitude and Ecological Action

Environmental gratitude is an approach that can help to inspire ecological action. We need a new way of communicating the urgency of environmental action because it is becoming increasingly apparent that standard fact-based approaches are not getting through. Environmental gratitude encompasses an approach that engenders a full compliment of sentiments required to augur change. As reported in Psychology Today, gratitude is a…

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