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The Biggest Winner in the Academy Awards: Brands!

Learn the winners of the two newest Oscar categories: Best Brand and Most Branded Picture. They were both close races, but in the end, only two can be victorious....

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Tags: Advertising, Celebrities, Culture, Film
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NYT Reporter Asks Economists About the Future of Consumer Culture

A few days ago, New York Times reporter and Dot Earth blogger Andrew C. Revkin asked a handful of prominent economists what they thought about evidence showing a substantial and sustained cooling of consumer spending habits. In addition to Nobel laureate, Kenneth J. Arrow, a few others weighed in...

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Tags: Consumption, Culture, Economy, Environment, Policy, Recession, Shopping
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AM Inspiration: Africa and the Political Environment

International climate change talks founder again and again on the differing realities to be found in developed versus developing nations, with good reason: climate change is being already affecting parts of the African continent. GreenBusinessAfrica reports "For most rural people especially in th...

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Tags: Africa, Climate change, Criticism, Culture, Developing nation, Literature, Western
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Four New Books Explore American Consumption

It is always nice when someone else does my work for me. I was scanning the web today, trolling for stories, when I came across an entry by Sarah Kessler on the Sierra Club website—a review of four new books on consumption issues. Together, these four books (listed in parenthesis below) seem to c...

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Tags: Advertising, Consumption, Culture, Economy, Quality of life, Urban
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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 New Green Cool: Integral to Sustainability?

The green movement has an uncertain relationship to "cool." From the 1960s through the 70s, anti-establishment sentiment was running high enough that environmentalism could piggyback upon the civil rights movement, the Native rights movement, anti-material sentiments, and the belt-tightening of t...

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Tags: Beauty, Culture, Design, Green, Marketing, Movement
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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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New Beef Section on Cater to the Earth

Check out the new Cater to the Earth section on Beef. This in-depth look at the environmental impacts of meat consumption follows cows from their food and water to the meatpacking plant, your plate, and beyond to the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases, corn's footprint, and what happens when cows are ...

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Tags: Beef, Climate, Culture, Industry, Meat
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Batik Easter Eggs: Layers of Color and Symbolism

Pysanky, Ukrainian "batik" eggs Dying eggs in bright, store-bought colors is simply fun to do, even if you don't celebrate Easter...the same way people from any faith tradition can enjoy squishy marshmallow chicks and biting the ears off chocolate rabbits. Likewise, you don't have to be Ukraini...

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Tags: Culture, Design, Easter, Egg, Faith, Food, Tradition
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Completing the Spectrum: From Emerson’s Rainbow to the Green Movement

John Muir, naturalist Does setting aside one day a year for the earth really mean anything? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, just one Earth Day forever changed Americans' attitudes: "Public opinion polls indicate that a permanent change in national priorities followed Earth Day ...

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Tags: City, Culture, Earth day, Emerson, Green, History, Nature, Religion, Spirit, Transcendenatlist, Urban
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