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Climate

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.…

Use visual “benchmarks” when trying to communicate change

As nonprofits and as cause campaigners, we are constantly trying to bring about change to better the lives in our communities. Change, or the threat of change, is often uncomfortable, even scary, for people. Change can also be challenging to communicate. Visual benchmarks can be used to shock, or they…

Understanding California’s cap and trade auction results

When assessing the nation’s first cap-and-trade carbon auction—whereby major polluters bid on permits to continue polluting—it’s no small task to interpret the results. Such was the challenge faced by observers of California’s cap-and-trade auction (held November 14th) after results were announced by the California Air Resources Board yesterday. The numbers—without…

On Our Minds: Suddenly, Women are Hot Again

On July 11, international development big wigs - from governments to the Gates Foundation - announced some very big news at a family planning summit in London: giving women what they want matters again. Specifically, giving over 200 million women worldwide access to the basic modern contraception they want, but…

Perils of Playing with (Wild) Fire

The catastrophic fires burning throughout the American West have dominated headlines all summer. Visceral and dramatic, forest fires draw TV cameras like nothing else. So do they offer a productive pathway to discuss the perils of climate change? Well, yes and no. It’s difficult to link any single current event,…