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Partners: Recyclebank and Gray Is Green

Are you: Ready to ramp up your recycling practices? Curious about what recycling challenges come up for other people? Eager to recycle something, but not sure how? Interested in earning points for increasing your recycling savvy? Just say “yes” to more recycling with Recyclebank! If you are ready, curious, eager, and interested in more recycling […]

Restorative Eldership

Restoring Eldership to families and communities is at the heart of the sustainability movement. Elders traditionally take the long view on the culture and the world, offering perspective honed by experience when the community faces critical emerging challenges. In conversation with the innovative spark of youngers, we elders are called to hold the long view […]

To Be of Use

The people I love the best jump into work head first without dallying in the shallows and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight. Marge Piercy’s poem came up in my Labor Day reflections, then stayed with me as a riff on Autumn—as shifting light and shifting life. Autumn-of-life schedules create a change in the […]

Elder Activism

Bringing Young and Old to the Climate Fight By Bill McKibben, Founder of 350.org It always seems to me that different groups can bring different things to the climate fight — not completely different, but subtly so, in ways that reflect the diversity of our society. So, for instance, young people have been crucial leaders of […]

What Would It Be Like if the GOP Abolished the EPA?

As Dirty As It Used to Be… The Republican Party has turned the Environmental Protection Agency into a political punching bag in the past year. GOP lawmakers routinely call for abolishing the agency and scraping the government standards that protect us from pollution. These attacks are part of the GOP’s larger ideological war against government […]

No Dirty Coal in Stockings This Year!

If you are wishing for some good news out of Washington, here’s something: the Obama administration just issued tough new rules curbing mercury and other poisons emitted by coal-fired utilities this week. For the first time, explains Corbin Hiar on the website NJToday.net, all of America’s 150 oil-burning facilities and 1,500 coal-fired power plants will […]

Take Advantage of Rebates on Efficient Appliances

The good news: Appliance manufacturers are making appliances more energy efficient than ever, and we as consumers are getting more savvy, for instance buying Energy Star-rated refrigerators that use a fraction of the electricity the old ones did just twenty years ago. The bad news: When we buy the spiffy new fridge, we haul the […]

Tar Sands Pipeline Protest at the White House

I just had one of the most energizing days of my life. I spent Sunday standing with as many as 15,000 people in an enormous circle around the White House. All of us came to tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline for dirty tar sands oil. This remarkable assembly of Nebraska ranchers, […]

Winterizing Your Home? Get Help Paying For It!

When we decided to renovate our Wellfleet, Massachusetts home three years ago, we discovered we were changing just enough of the house to require bringing all of the electricity and plumbing up to current code. This meant removing all of the wallboard and insulation in the house to run the new wires and pipes–totally blowing our […]

Say No To Tar Sands Nov. 6th in DC

Tuesday’s New York Times ran this powerful video op-ed produced by Robert Redford and criticizing the Keystone XL pipeline, a proposed 2,000 mile-long conduit for toxic tar sands oil from Canada. For the State Department and President Obama to allow such a wrongheaded plan as the Keystone XL to move forward–guaranteeing the expansion of one […]

Congress Attacks Breath-Taking

“The people I meet just don’t get it,” Gray is Green’s Kath Schomaker says of her conversations at faith communities and senior centers about the attacks on environmental safeguards. “‘Why would anyone be against clean air?’ they ask.” “This is the most anti-environment House in history,” said Rep. Waxman (D-CA) as he unveiled a new […]

The Tar Sands Turnaround

At the beginning of October, Nebraskans and residents of five other Mid-American states that would be crossed by the proposed Keystone tar sands pipeline met for “listening sessions” – perhaps their only chance to make their concerns heard to the State Department. Why would these bureaucratic meetings draw in people from all sides of their […]

Get Rid of Old Drugs: Go To Your Takeback Day on October 29th

Delaware residents dispose of their unwanted, unused, and expired drugs Stocks of old drugs in medicine cabinets are a big problem and disposal of them can be an even bigger one–witness Prozac-happy Texas bluegills and gender-confused Colorado sucker fish that have absorbed hormones from birth control patches. Obviously, the fish aren’t the ones popping pills. […]

Smog Alert: Polluters Breathing Easier, Not People

“The interstate signs read ‘Smog Alert: Bundle your Errands’ and ‘Smog Alert: Fill up after 8 PM,’” Kath Schomaker, outreach coordinator for Gray is Green, told those gathered at the coffee shop in the Northside Neighborhood of Cincinnati on a warm Saturday morning in August. She was there to talk about the Clean Air Promise […]

How Can Anyone Be Against Clean Air?

“It’s why I do what I do,” says Kath Schomaker, outreach director for Gray is Green, as she sets off on a trip this week and next to several midwestern states to meet and talk with seniors about the Clean Air Promise Campaign. “I may be nearing retirement, but now more than ever I feel the need […]

Make the Clean Air Promise Today

Do you have asthma? Does one of your kids or grandkids? High pollution days can be scary. Just imagine what it would be like if we didn’t have the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to a PSA put out by the non-profit, American Family Values, 160,000 early deaths related to air pollution–including 230 infant deaths–were […]

Birds and Tar Sands Oil Don’t Mix

“I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits…” wrote John James Audubon. Are you a bird watcher? You’re not alone. It’s the number one hobby in America. And when we flock together, bird-lovers have a strong voice in protecting birds and bird habitat. That […]

69-Year-Old Family Farmer Battles Pipeline

“For all of us who care about American rivers and the life they sustain,” writes NRDC President Frances Beinecke, the disaster befalling the Yellowstone River, one of our most beloved and storied waterways, “is a timely warning against an even greater threat.” Big Oil wants to build a pipeline to send the dirtiest crude oil […]

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