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The 3rd Annual Americas Latino Eco Festival

Congratulations to Americas Latino Eco Festival (ALEF) for an inspirational, thought-provoking and action-oriented three days in Denver October 15-17.  Now in its third year, this year’s installment brought together Latino leaders and advocates from conservation, the arts, policy, science, education, business and more, with a clear call for climate action.…

SXSW Eco: Three Panels That Brought Diverse Voices to the Table

Last week, Austin, Texas hosted SXSW Eco, “a space for business leaders, investors, innovators and designers to advance solutions that drive economic, environmental, and social change.” Resource Media made it out this year to screen our new Women at the Center film, “I love my IUD”, and to speak on…

Tó Éí Ííńá (Water is Life): The impact of the Gold Mine Spill on the Navajo Nation

In early August approximately 3 million gallons of toxic waste spilled from the Gold King Mine into the Animas River in Colorado, making national headlines. News reports describe the plume of toxic waste as containing lead, arsenic, copper, calcium cadmium, aluminum and other heavy metals. Photos shared over social media…

3 lessons from testing images and appeals for online action in 2014

Are you planning some website ads or Facebook post promotion in 2015 to try to reach beyond your group’s base, maybe expand your list a little or motivate some broader participation in an online action? I’ve taken a look back at three online ad projects we ran in 2014 to…

Unique partnership drives California’s charge for electric vehicles

Amid all the exciting momentum coming out of the UN’s 2014 Climate Summit, you may have missed an achievement that once again puts California at the forefront of environmental leadership and showcases a new way that groups from different perspectives can collaborate to effect change. California innovation got a global spotlight when…

A tale of two panels

How challenging will it be to feed the world’s population in 2050? Depends on how many people there are in 2050. And that number depends on a lot of things – not least of which is how many women are empowered to choose their family size with the help of…

Toxic algae crisis isn’t over for Lake Erie or the nation

Toledo drinking water ban should be a warning to other cities After a weekend of scrambling to find bottled water for drinking, cooking and other household uses, residents of northwestern Ohio and southwestern Michigan were told Monday that their tapwater is again safe to drink. But for how long? Toxic…

Why the Hobby Lobby decision is bad for everyone

Last week, five members of the Supreme Court (none of them women) decided the religious beliefs of certain corporations outweigh a woman’s right to birth control coverage. Which (as I wrote for the Skoll World Forum) is bad for the thousands of women who work for companies whose owners want…

Ready for Toxic Algae Season

Toxic algae – sometimes called harmful algal blooms – is a particular threat in the warm summer months, when polluted runoff from farms, feedlots, lawns and septic fields meets warm waters that allow dangerous algae growth to explode. For the second year in a row, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s…

The silent (super) majority

Despite all the sound and fury about Obamacare’s coverage of birth control, it turns out there’s very little signified. It’s amazing the way the opposition can gin up a controversy, get it all the way to the Supreme Court, and take up way too much time on Fox News with…