The United States distinctively remembers the 1970s as the era of hippies—when the Beatles were blasted on stereos, anti-Vietnam protests unified many of those in their twenties, and hallucinogens were on the rise. In deep contrast, the late 1970s in Cambodia will forever be remembered by Cambodians as a time of genocide. A time defined by families being uprooted from their homes and being separated while the Khmer Rouge regime under the leadership of Pol Pot, attempted to turn Cambodia into a socialist agrarian society. It’s mind boggling to consider that these events occurred during the same time. Their group remembers this past based on a series of events that occurred in close proximity to them, and impacted “their people.” This phenomenon is called collective memory, referring to how a group of people remember the past based on similar, large scale experiences or happenings that make history and forever change the landscape of the world. For instance, Germany’s collective memory of World War II has made Germans very culturally sensitive, but also now a progressive nation that has used its dark past to recreate a brighter future.
Each generation has several collective memories that has shaped their lives and also serve as as relatable conversation points. While recently speaking with my step-sister, I learned that one of her professor’s earliest collective memories was when the United States landed on the moon. He was four years old and vividly remembers playing with blocks in his living room as his family gathered around the television to watch as the U.S won the race to space. Generations later the collective memory of my time, as a United States’ citizen, is unequivocally 9/11.
Because collective memories are often marked by milestones, they have the ability to drastically change the course of history or at least record it in a certain light - for better or for worse. Over the past few weeks I have asked many people between the ages of 18-27 what their first collective memory is and nearly everyone, except our editor Jessica Hoefer, has said 9/11. Hoefer’s first collective memory is the case of Cuban Elian Gonzalez. If you don’t remember, try google image searching “Elian Gonzalez.” For those who don’t know, this was the case of the young Cuban fleeing Cuba with his mom and after having made it to Florida with his mother having died en route, Gonzalez was forced to return to his father in Cuba. This was Hoefer’s first memory of guns and they involved the U.S. federal agents pointing them at a boy her age. So, as you can imagine, it made a lasting impression. Nevertheless, as a New Yorker with many family and friends who worked in the FDNY and NYPD, as an American who heard the sirens, saw the smoke and watched the world change right in her backyard, 9/11 without a doubt will always remain Hoefer’s most powerful collective memory.
The craziest element about collective memories, such as 9/11, is that they evoke such extreme emotions and precise memories. Most people can recount exactly what they were doing when they found out or watched what was happening. I remember dropping my spoon into my large bowl of Cinnamon Life before heading to second grade where our whole school was eerily silent. Meanwhile, my sister distinctively remembers my mom screeching and then bursting into tears and later, her pre-school was canceled because of the attack on America.
Furthermore, a memory that has this power and influence over a mass of people drastically changes the trajectory of history. In the case of 9/11, to date the world’s deadliest terrorist attack killing nearly 3,000 people, deepened the divide of the West versus the rest. This landmark event was the beginning of the “War on Terror.” Rightly so, the world, and the United States was scared. Something of this magnitude had never happened before. As the military power, the U.S. immediately took action in defense of the free world being attacked.
This one collective memory changed our world. Division between the spheres (east and west) had long been in place, but this attack significantly deepened the divide. It not only hurt Americans, but it further victimized innocent people - from civilians in the Middle East to civilians in the United States, Australia, England, etc. Those who looked like they were from the east, and were living in the west became the next wave of victims. The rise of Islamophobia did not focus on the distinction between Muslim extremists and the overwhelmingly peaceful majority of Muslims. The terrorists wanted to dismantle the western world, but in turn they also ended up waging war on their own people. Since 9/11, the Middle East, collectively, has been cast as a land of terrorism —a notion that had led to the War on Terror, which includes the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Since 2001, the Middle East has been perceived as the land of terrorism and Islamic extremism, but what would be the case if 9/11 never happened? Would extremism have continued to rise, ultimately leading to the creation and height of ISIS in 2014? Would Islamophobia exist? Would people be so scared of people who look different than they do? Moreover, what needs to change for this global trajectory to veer from the “us versus them” stigma?
Can the next generation’s first collective memory be one that brings people, of different walks of life, who practice different religions, together? And if so, what would that look like?
Who can make a difference? Does it take a special breed to take the reins to generate change in a neighborhood, in a country, or even globally? Or can the common man can? Who Cares? is a Portuguese documentary written and directed by Mara Mourão that dives into who can make a social impact.
The film focuses on the concept of social entrepreneurship. Who is a social entrepreneur? What does it take to become one? Coined by the social entrepreneur himself, Bill Drayton defines social entrepreneurship as the action of a pragmatic individual who seeks to change the future with his or her vision by developing programs, businesses, etc., in order to make change, now.
Who Cares? follows people from around the world - from Germany to Peru, from Switzerland to Brazil and even Bangladesh. The documentary’s goal is to illuminate how people, regardless of their nationality, desired to generate change and acted upon it. Each country case began at the grass-roots level, with a response that was community-centered and community-driven and ultimately, effectuated waves of change. The film's two major takeaways being: 1)No matter how large your act is, change has the ability to make the world better 2) The act of becoming a social entrepreneur impacts the world one act at a time.
Who Cares? is an inspirational work that encourages its viewers to consider their passions and to examine how they can even bring about a difference, in their small circles. There is no such thing as too small of an impact. After all, once a person makes waves, the possibilities render a world of change.
Watch the documentary here.
If you are in the New York area, every Thursday, Idealist features documentaries that prompt discussions regarding living with an impact. On July 12th, they will be showing the documentary Tomorrow. Catch the trailer here.
If you are seeking a job that focuses around making a social impact, view the Idealist job board here.
Once the gold medals are passed out and the tourists go home, the cities that host the Olympics face a problem. What do they do with the stadiums and massive investment in infrastructure? What happens to the pavillions made for millions of tourists once their trip has ended? As is with most complex problems, the answer is: it depends.
In cities like Rio de Janeiro, stadiums are already falling into disrepair. Although it has only been two years since the 2016 Games, the main sites of the games have been looted or completely abandoned. In the renown Olympic Park that was constructed for the Games, no operators have come forward seeking to take up the venues. That means four arenas built for sports, including two separate arenas, the tennis center and the velodrome, will remain empty and closed off for anyone to enter.
What this says about the legacy of the Olympics is not good. Cities that host with the intention of gaining some kind of economic gain from hosting the worldwide sports competition are faced with rising rental costs, failing infrastructure, and discontent from local residents that were evicted from their homes. For Rio’s games, around 80,000 citizens were removed for their homes in expectation of the mass amount of construction. Now, they live in worse situations.
Rio de Janeiro, however, is not the only city to have hosted the games. London used its opportunity to host the games to bring a part of their city back to life. Places like Hackney Wick, which never were developed before, now operate as the new ‘hip’ places to live and work. What makes a winning strategy? How can cities ensure that they end with London’s positive feedback loop rather than Brazil and Athen’s deserted masses of space? The United Kingdom will tell you that the answer lies in repurposing buildings and recycling locations rather than building new ones all-together. Instead of building drastically large stadiums, the answer lies in using warehouses and previously existing arenas.
When hosting, Barcelona used similar tactics to London, using the Games to rebuild its industrial sector. Placing investment in public transport and reusable spaces is where the key lies for effective post-Olympic growth. Will Tokyo do the same? What do we have to look forward to Seoul?
Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit are two photographers that attend the locations of the Games years after they finish to see what happens, and what the consequences of hosting these games are. Their project is called The Olympic City Project. Listen to their interview with NPR.
Athletes have long served as some of the most important activists. They are respected by their fans based on their performance, their work ethic, and their way of life. In turn, they have earned a platform to discuss and to highlight issues they deem important. Thus, athletes have become essential diplomats and advocates for real change.
Historically, we have seen sports serving as the platform for discussions surrounding race, gender, and sexuality. Athletics also provides the arena for athletes to talk and to demonstrate how they can be representatives of their nation - regardless of their leader or the rhetoric the party in office, stands behind.
Heading into the Winter Olympics, Lindsey Vonn, Colorado bred, ski-racer, spoke up about how she intends to represent the good in the nation. As noted in The Guardian, Vonn was quoted saying, “I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the President.” She thinks that there are currently not people in the U.S. political system that are accurately representing the United States. Thus, Vonn finds it her duty to showcase the United States in a positive light and to represent a large majority of America that does not support the narrative of the current administration.
Generally speaking, the Summer Olympics are the time when most protests take place. However, due to Trump's time in office, it is very likely that this year will see a higher rate of protests - from gay athletes to those speaking out about religion as well as those who will stand up against the inevitable comments and tweets made by President Trump. For instance, Gus Kenworthy, British-born, but born and raised in Telluride, Colorado, is a freestyle skier who is largely known as the only openly gay competitor going into the 2018 Olympics. In his recent interview with The Times, Kenworthy told them he has no interest in feigning support for the President. Further, he notes that 30 years ago he could not have come out and have been able to be successful in his sport. He sees his position in society as being a catalyst of change —using his status as an athlete to promote acceptance and equality.
Being an athlete demands respect. Athletes put in the hours, and in many aspects, their sport plays an integral part of their identity. Perhaps even more importantly, an athlete has earned the platform to speak up to what matters to them. In many cases, athletes have spoken up for humanity, for collective human rights. From Jackie Robinson to Jesse Owens, from Lindsey Vonn to Gus Kenworthy - athletes play a momentous role in creating change and in creating history.
As we celebrate the Olympics and competitive sports in all of its formats, let’s not forget that sports include more than the aspect of games. “To do sport” is faire du sport in French or “Fitness machen” in German encompass any kind of physical activity. In many countries, that has extended to how sports become ingrained their national consciousness. In this article, we take a look at bike sharing and how Vélib’ took over France.
It started in Paris - where Vélib’ launched in 2005 with 8,000 bikes across Paris. In its first year alone, the company made more than 16 million USD. Today, the company makes around 21 million USD on an annual basis with the funds going back to Paris. With 102 million USD in startup costs, how did Vélib’ cope?
As with most things sports, things go hand-in-hand with advertising. JCDecaux, a multinational firm, won an advertising contract to maintain Vélib’s cycles and set up the infrastructure necessary in a sort of “barter” system exchange for 50 percent of Parisian billboard space for ten years. With this deal, Vélib’ and in turn, JCDecaux, have become average symbols to associate with Paris and France. Although Vélib’ was not the first bike share (that award goes to Velo’v bike rental service in Lyon), it has become world renown and copied throughout the world’s other capital cities. Washington D.C. for example launched SmartBike DC in 2008 with 10 stations and 120 bikes. It is the first bike-sharing program in the USA.
Across the world, other cities have done the same with great results. Cities with large tourist influxes like Montreal, Barcelona and Hangzhou, China all use similar bike sharing systems with modular docking systems so that tourists can operate the bike system without interacting with other humans. Can you guess which city has the largest amount of bicycles? That would be Hangzhou, China with more than 78,000 bicycles.
Today more than a few American cities like Denver and San Francisco also utilize bike sharing programs. With a world focused on healthy living, particularly on beating the epidemic of obesity, bike sharing is the perfect way to ease pressure on public transit systems while providing a healthy alternative for both locals and tourists to get around. Another bonus? Less pollution.
Vélib’ reports that on an annual basis, they support 27.5 million trips. And due to the success, Paris has launched Autolib’ - a car sharing program similarly modeled to Vélib’. Is it thanks to Vélib’ that there are more than 900 bike sharing systems worldwide? Probably not. But the impact that Vélib’ had in making bike sharing “cool again,” shouldn’t be understated.
If you’re interested in reading more about bike sharing, check out Atlantic’s Citylab feature on the Bike Sharing Boom.
Every two years, the world is joined together in what is known as Olympism. And every two years, this universal symbol reemerges: five interlinked rings with one each in blue, black, red, yellow, and green on a white background.
So what does this exactly represent? According to the Olympic Charter, “The Olympic symbol expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement and represents the union of the five continents and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.” (Source)
Despite there being seven continents, according to the Olympics - the five rings represent the five inhabitable continents: the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Though creator of the symbol and co-founder of the modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, appears to have intended the rings to represent the five participating continents. However post-1951, the official handbook does not assign one color to be representative of a specific continent.
The white background also has significance. In combination with the five rings, these six colors are “those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time” - Pierre de Coubertin (1931).
So what are your thoughts on this iconic symbol? Should it change to include six rings representing the six inhabitable continents? Should the colors change every year, remain the same, become monochromatic?
Let us know!
Chances are - if you watch the news, you’ve heard of doping. In the past few years, Russian athletes in particular have been tarred with this particular brush and banned from competing in the games. But what is doping?
According to UNESCO:
'Doping' refers to an athlete's use of prohibited drugs or methods to improve training and sporting results. Steroids are the drugs that often come to mind when we talk about doping, but doping also includes an athlete's use of other forbidden drugs (such as stimulants, hormones, diuretics, narcotics and marijuana), use of forbidden methods(such as blood transfusions or gene doping), and even the refusal to take a drug test or an attempt to tamper with doping controls.
As you continue to participate in sport, doping is an issue that you will increasingly face: you could be tested for drugs; some of your competitors will be cheating by using drugs; you may even be tempted to do so yourself. (Source)
When athletes agree to compete in the Olympic or any kind of international-level games, they are subjecting themselves to the rules that the World Anti-Doping Agency stipulates. In this case, anabolic substances, peptide hormones, beta-2 agonists, metabolic modulators, and diuretics are prohibited. Usually at the beginning of and throughout the games, athletes are screened for these substances - and if detected, they are not allowed to compete.
The kind of reports that discuss doping have been rampant in the media as of late. In January 2018, Russia was again banned from the Paralympics in 2018 due to an “insufficient recovery from the doping scandal.” Not only does the International Paralympic Committee state that Russia does not cooperate with any kind of regulation, but that they also have also engaged in state-sponsored doping. In other words, the government of Russia supported cheating in the games. Systemic cheating has become the norm.
In the Olympic Games upcoming in Seoul, 169 Russian athletes have been given special dispensation to compete in the games. As for the Paralympics, Russian athletes that are cleared for participation may compete, but will so do as “Neutral Paralympics Athletes.” That means they will compete, but outside of their country and without the mention of ‘Russia’ in their title. The scandal takes on a drastic tone particularly in Russia, and amongst other countries who were furious at Russia for the country’s lack of morals.
But why does doping matter?
In international politics, as well as a variety of other interactions between countries, there is cheating. There’s no question that amongst diplomats - there is subterfuge and under the table deals. What makes sports different is that it exists as something apart from politics. It represents an opportunity for countries to put aside their political differences and come together. Doping is an attack upon the integrity that sports, for many countries, is a matter of national pride.
National athletes that compete in the Olympics are the cream of the crop that countries have to send. They represent the strength and endurance of each competitor, regardless of the level of interest any particular citizen has in sports. In other words, doping is more than simply cheating, it’s pulling the rug out from under the rightful winner - and doing so in the most immoral of tactics.
I have crouched over rain-soaked fields in the spring and made ball, after ball, after ball of soil in my hand. I have rolled these packed clumps around, dropped them on the ground, and then once more, just to be sure, during monsoon spells of utter inundation and concluded---“Nope, too wet to work these fields.” Why should I or any other farmer care whether a packed handful of wet mud is indeed, packed and mud? How will the future of our food systems be shaped by farmer knowledge and treatment of fields today? The answer is: soil health. The structure, integrity, and potential of our agricultural soil is paramount to the health of our collective growth as a society.
Soil health refers to the tilth, water holding capacity, compaction rate, and both nutrient content and ability to share those nutrients with plant life. Soil health means robust microbial activity and the long-term ability to support crop production, livestock graze, browse, or forage, and surrounding bioregion vitality. By treating soil as one of our most prized commodities—water sources, forests, fields, and local fauna also benefit as pieces of an interdependent system. Our soil is also our cradle within the food production cycle. We cannot incubate successful farms without solid platforms for growing nutrient dense farm products. There is no substitute for a diverse, biologically sound growing medium. Soil health begins with research, education, and dissemination of best practices to farmers young and old alike.
Research universities, organization, and on-farm demonstrations yield tremendous insight into sustainably managed soil health. Let’s look at cover-cropping as one example (as just one of many sustainable soil health improvement techniques). As farms trial various cover-cropping combinations aimed at equally various goals (tillage radish to remediate compaction, buckwheat to mine for phosphorous, winter rye to assist with organic matter) crucial research is also being executed. The results of these trials amount to hugely important educational opportunities for the entire national and global sustainable agricultural community. As we improve our methods of results transmission, such as the work of NCAT, we are creating a fibrous root system capable of tapping into the soil health of many farms in scattered and unique locations.
Disclaimer: I’m not even close to being a climate expert. I’m just a passionate, (still for the time being) optimistic Millennial who really thinks we can change the world.
If you have any doubts about anthropogenic climate change, I’d invite you to check out resources from the American Association for the Advancement of Science What We Know initiative or from NASA Global Climate Change to learn more about the scientific study of climate change. Discussions on the environment can be overwhelming. While conversations on impacted indigenous communities, non-renewable energies, ecosystem and biodiversity loss, global land use, and climate-related migration are all critical, I’m not sure a one-off blog post is the best forum for that (although if you want to learn more about any of those things, I’m happy to send resources or start the conversation).
We live in a strange world caught within the intersection of social activism and the comforts offered by convenience and complacency. For the environment, that intersection is a hypocritical one: we defend avocado toast, eagerly await the next chance to cure wanderlust, and are frighteningly reliant on cloud-based technologies but reluctant to admit the environmental brutality of an agricultural regime that allows us to eat avocados in the first place, of an airline industry that emits billions of tons of carbon dioxide each year, and of technological platforms supported by resource-intensive data centers. There’s no one solution that will reverse the environmental damages already done or change our egregious production-consumption patterns. But there are a lot of smaller changes that can and should be made. Sure, industries are the biggest polluters, but you know what? They respond to their bottom lines and to their shareholders: you and me. Changes in consumer demand is a powerful and effective tool.
But the ability to make changes for the benefit of the environment implies a level of privilege and necessitates a disposable income able to commit the monetary resources and research commitment into making consumption changes. For more about what the environmental movement gets wrong and what will bring about real change, I’d invite you to check out Alden Wicker’s post, “Conscious consumerism is a lie. Here’s a better way to help save the world”.
How do we change the status quo? Through political advocacy and lobbying. But for those who feel overwhelmed by the daily political fight for justice, there are also small choices we make as consumers that have a huge impact on the environment. Here are five things you can do now to decrease your footprint:
1. EAT BETTER.
The industrial meat, dairy, agriculture, and fishing industries are some of the largest global polluters in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, land conversion, reliance on antibiotics, and pesticide use. The human rights abuses associated with labor-intensive agricultural commodities, meat and fish processing, and the removal of local and indigenous communities from their land are not insignificant. Bananas, coffee, fish, tea, milk, meat, and chocolate are not cheap to produce. But they are cheap to buy because they are products of an exploited supply chain driven by demand in developed countries. We need to do better. Look for local products at the store and for certifications like free-range (meat, dairy) and the Marine Stewardship Council’s eco-label for seafood. To learn more about the impact of our dietary choices on the environment, check out this study from a team at Tufts University on U.S. agricultural land use or Seafood Watch from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which also provides regionally specific recommendations for what fish to choose and avoid.
2. CHECK THE LABEL.
This applies to pretty much everything--food, drinks, clothing, cosmetics--and pretty much every ingredient. You may be shocked to find just how (unnecessarily) global our economy really is. Chances are the ordinary products in your home like toothpaste, pickles, peanut butter, or shampoo are imported. When it comes to ingredients, just because just because an ingredient is listed doesn't necessarily mean it's safe for you or the environment: most products are tested for short-term rather than long-term health effects. Consumer resources are available from Green America, The Art of Simple, and The Good Trade.
3. CONSUME SMARTER.
There’s no convenient way around this one: micro-plastics are polluting our oceans and flying is bad for the environment. But it’s not just us flying…. it’s the cheap goods we consume on a regular basis that do a fair amount of pollutant-heavy travel (by land, air, and sea) before they get to our local store or online shopping cart. We need to rethink how we consume. Cutting out plastic water bottles and straws, bringing your own bags to the grocery store, and buying in bulk with reusable containers are all good starting points. Eating out less, buying less online, and contacting your retailers to let them know you actually care about their environmental and labor practices (and then proving that with your dollars) are also critically important. Read more about global plastic consumption in this recent exposé by The Guardian.
4. SPEND LESS TIME ON ELECTRONICS.
Those extra minutes of gaming and social media add up when it comes to energy consumption (not to mention the human rights abuses in the mining industry that fuel electronics consumption). Many states and companies in the U.S. are turning toward cleaner sources of energy, but our digital footprint is getting larger. It’s hard to avoid the use of technology at work and in school, but personal consumption has a big impact as well. Given the increased importance of local actors in light of the White House’s policies on mining, offshore drilling, and environmental protection, it’s important to continue pressuring state-level policymakers and industry stakeholders.
5. PUT YOUR $$ WHERE YOUR BRUNCH IS.
I get it, we’re Millennials who have been left by a reckless older generation with skyrocketing healthcare and education costs. But if we can afford those IPAs and that wanderlust, we can afford $10 now and then for environmental conservation and for products we know aren’t made in sweatshops. If we want supply chains that put environmental considerations and labor rights first, we are going to have to pay a more for those products. There are a lot of great organizations doing great climate policy research and advocacy work in addition to conservation. I’d add The Ocean Conservancy, Resources for the Future, and Wildlife Conservation Society to that list as well.
Behavior change is hard and slow, but we don’t have a choice. Climate change is here and there is no planet B. The number of climate migrants negatively impacted by severe weather events, pollution, conflict, and rising sea levels is expected to increase. It is often those in vulnerable or impoverished communities who are impacted most negatively by the decisions of those in power. Unfortunately, whether considering these communities in developed or developing countries, the impacts of climate change are the same. As comparatively wealthy, educated individuals living in one of the worst-polluting countries, it is our responsibility to act. Try eating meat just once or twice a week. Count the number of single-use plastics you throw out each week and try and use less. Track and reduce the number of hours you spend charging your electronics. Research where your state gets most of its energy and encourage your utility company to switch to (or keep using!) renewables. Advocate for climate policy in your region and support carbon pricing initiatives.
There is no panacea, but small changes make a big impact. We may not be in a political climate that encourages conservation, but the global conversation around climate change is bigger than the inadequacies of the current U.S. administration. It’s up to us to continue progress already made and become champions for the environment in our communities.
Written by Guest Contributer: Stephanie Swinehart
Shopping smart can be the first thing that could help cut on your carbon footprint, but it can also cut your shopping bills! This year make a choice to shop smarter by buying goods in bulk and items with less packaging. If you start off the year by purchasing household goods in bulk, such as flour, sugar, olive oil, along with spices, you will pay less per weight and also pay less for packaging since you won’t have to purchase these everyday goods for awhile!
Say No to Plastic
And say yes to reusable grocery bags, and your favorite water bottle. Plastic is something that never goes away, so making sure you play your role in cutting it out of your daily life is hugely impactful. You can make these bags and your water bottle your signature items. We love and use these:
Get There “Greenly”
Transportation is one of the largest environmental impacts. Within the context of the United States cars and trucks account for ⅕ of CO2 emissions, one of the primary fuelers of global warming and climate change. Each independent action has the ability to reduce overall emissions. There are many great options. If you live in a city where public transportation is a viable option: take that. However, if that’s not an option - bike or run to work! This is a great alternative to driving. If you invest in a great running backpack, you can bring your change of clothes, have your water, and enough room for lunch too. If you have to drive to work, but still want to reduce your carbon footprint, offer your car up as a car to share rides. Some great apps for this are Carma Carpooling and Trees for cars.
If you do not own a car, Cargo and Zipcar are great options. Whatever you can do, even if it is once or twice a week, has the ability to greatly impact the world around you, make you happier, and work towards a better world, where we all do our part.
Spring Cleaning? No Winter Revamping:
This winter, revamp your house and make it green. Again it will reduce your bills and your impact. Change all of your lights to LED (use less electricity-both a cut in coal burning and in your monthly bill), seal up your window seals and keep more heat in (use less heat). Most states offer free energy audits to find more ways you can make your living situation even more green!
Join a Local CSA
Joining a local CSA means two things —you will get wonderful, seasonal and fresh veggies all year long and because your produce is locally sourced your food will have a very small environmental brunt given that it must not travel long distances to get to your table. Also, in many places if you volunteer to help plant, weed, or help with sales at a CSA you can get your share of veggies in fruit in turn for your work. Check out some local recipes from Portland's Farmers Market Cookbook for inspiration!
It is the small things, done by many people that create a wave of change. In order to create a world that is more sustainable it is up to each individual to integrate sustainable practices into their lives to create this change. Please reach out to us with any ideas or contributions. If you own a company that is creating sustainable change we would love to interview you or highlight your product on our website!
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