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Earth Day and Black History Month: Crossing the Divide Between Causes

In their ongoing discussion of whether Earth Day is meaningful, Grist had a post, "Broadening the Earth Day tent", about race and the environmental movement: Despite the environmental movement’s new-found introspection on its largely white and affluent constituency, I still see a large gap to be...

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Tags: Community, Earth day, Ethnic, Minority, Movement, Pollution, Race, Scorecard
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Should Not Recycling Correctly Become a Crime?

This via Everyday Trash. Living in Sweden, one gets used to recycling. “To not recycle” is one of the things you just don’t_do, should you want to be able to blend in with your average crowd of people. We take it very seriously. A few years ago, municipal authorities brought a 77-year old woman ...

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Tags: Community, Crime, Europe, Policy
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Green America's Fixes from the Green Economy

In Green America's latest version of RealGreen, Alisa Gravitz's 7 Fixes from the Green Economy gives suggestions for rebuilding our flawed economy from the ground up. Some of these ideas are on the macro-level, like creating more green jobs. Others are changes you can make in your lifestyle. My ...

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Tags: Barter, Community, Local, Organize, Trade
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The Give List

Now is time of truth. The last few days before the holidays are when simplicity is most likely to be tested. Unexpected last-minute gifts may arrive, forcing us to make fast decisions about expectations for reciprocity from family and friends. Parties that have been planned for are now taking pla...

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Tags: Charity, Community, Generosity, Givelist, Giving, Shopping, Volunteer
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Your Office Holiday Party Doesn't Have to Be Lame (Even in a Recession)

As recently as last year, the holiday office party was a really big deal in England, where drinking to excess and even injury is considered almost a patriotic duty (see the Washington Post: In Britain, A Respected, If Rowdy, Holiday Ritual), but the US has its share of jokes about indiscretions a...

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Tags: Celebrations, Community, Decorating, Green office, Workplace
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No Impact Man and the Economy

The blogger known as No Impact Man posted an interesting explanation of the current economic situation. Here's an excerpt: But if our lives were more anchored in the other relationships, perhaps we would have less to be frightened of. What if our food and healthcare came locally, from our commun...

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Tags: Community, Economic policy, No impact man
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