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Stand-ing for a better cup, to stop wasting forests

Our friends over at Stand, formerly Forest Ethics, are taking supply chain campaigning to a new level with their newly launched Better Cup campaign. They’re pushing Starbucks to stop wasting forests with its disposable cups. Stand is holding Starbucks to a promise it made way back in 2008, when the…

Conservation with vision: The payoff for patience

“Young people don’t join conservation organizations.” “Gun owners only care about gun rights.” “America is divided between Republicans and Democrats, and the rift is getting deeper.” I’ve heard those myths for years. Last weekend, I saw them get blown out of the water. Those so-called truisms fell to what Resource…

Oregon Standoff: A Clash of Values, Symbols and Stories

Much has been written on the power of storytelling, as a tool for motivating people and advancing causes. Stories are the basic way humans share information and influence people. We here at Resource Media have been following one particular story since the New Year. The standoff between anti-government militants and…

Moving beyond “organic” versus “conventional” when it comes to feeding the world

It is an oft used and sobering statistic. The world’s population is projected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050, and some experts say this will require at least a 60 percent increase in agricultural production to feed the world. Industrial agriculture and major agri-business corporations have used this…

Conservation through photography: Interview with Dave Showalter

Dave Showalter does not need words to convey his message. In his new book, Sage Spirit: The American West at a Crossroads, the photographs of valleys of grazing buffalo and the ostentatious plumes of the sage grouse are powerful in their own right. These images are taken throughout the yawning…

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…

Ben Long, Conservation Leader

The first time I met Ben Long, he told me, with more than a hint of pride, about a right-wing radio talk jock in his hometown of Kalispell, Montana who had taken to calling him “Osama Ben Longin”. Thankfully, today both that radio show and Osama Bin Laden are gone.…

The rise of outdoor recreation

When President Obama picked REI president and chief executive Sally Jewell almost two years ago to be the 51st Secretary of the Interior of the United States, it was, like a snowball rolling downhill, a clear signal of gathering momentum for outdoor recreation. April 10 will mark two years in office…

Communicating across cultures

I’m Canadian. Well...really...I’m "kinda Canadian" according to my wife. I came south from Ottawa in 1987 right after high school where we met. She stayed in the nation’s capital before immigrating to Seattle last year. Born and raised in Vancouver she’s shared many stories of the spectacular places she visited…

A reality check on biomass ambitions

To combat climate change and reduce petroleum imports, some countries have started to adopt strong targets for renewable energy. For example, European Union law requires 20% of energy to be from renewable sources by 2020, and is targeting 27% renewable energy by 2030. So far, biomass is by far the largest contributor…