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Identity as Springboard to Community

I keep returning to the post from Civil Eats, A Young Farmer Calls for Political Ecology, and the idea of cause "siloing." It's important to see commonalities with other groups, but how to balance this with keeping a strong sense of identity? Ideally, we should be able to use our own personal ex...

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Tags: Activism, Feminism, Human rights, Identity, Women
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Survey Results II: Conscious Consumers and Activism

By Margaret Willis - PhD candidate, Boston College We have seen that respondents to the 2008 survey were not only conscious consumers, they also tended to be actively involved in various forms of political activities in support of conscious consumption causes. On a more local level, respondents...

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Tags: Activism, Activist, Consumer, Data, Politics, Survey
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Why Individual Actions Matter: No Impact Man's Perspective

Yesterday, No Impact Man posted a rousing summary of why living green is important, even imperative. Often, it's hard to know what to say when reading articles pessimistic about humans' ability to respond adequately to climate change. Next time you're feeling like small changes don't matter, refe...

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Tags: Activism, Culture, Individual, No impact man, Society
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The Volunteer Spirit, Seen Across Cultures

The New York Times had an article about volunteer street cleanup in Pakistan. “The youth of Pakistan wants to change things,” said Shahram Azhar, the lead singer for Laal, a Pakistani rock band, reflecting an attitude that is typical of this rebellious younger generation. “The reason the Taliba...

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Tags: Activism, Asia, Culture, Pakistan, Service, Strategy, Student, Trash, Volunteer
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The Activist Roots of Mother's Day

Good news for jewelers, card retailers, restaurants, and flower shops around the country: a major sales boom is just around the corner! According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother’s Day is the most popular day for Americans to dine out; market research firm IBIS reports that American...

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Tags: Activism, Consumerism, Family, Gift, Mom, Mother, Social justice
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Score One for the Trees: San Francisco Passes Junk Mail Resolution

It's always exciting when a long process begins to bear fruit. From first addressing the issue in 1997, since 2000 New Dream has been one of the louder voices advocating for junk mail reform. San Francisco's recent resolution calling upon California to create a Do Not Mail Registry is a great mom...

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Tags: Activism, Junk mail, Policy, San francisco, Trees
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