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AM Inspiration: Taking a Break at the Core of the Sun

Have you ever stopped to estimate how much time you spend in the sun every week? Not sunbathing, but simply exposed to sunlight? The health benefits of sunlight (with the skin properly protected) are clear: sunshine (or the lack thereof) affects mood, playing a role in Seasonal Affective Disorder...

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Tags: Break, Consumption, Language, Nature, Observation, Poem, Sun
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Morning Inspiration: Looking Up and Out With Maya Angelou

The last day of the work week dawns a little different than other days. Today I'm wishing all of us what Maya Angelou calls "the grace to look up and out." Read the snippet from her poem The Rock Cries Out to Us Today and have a great weekend in which you hear the earth speaking in your life. Th...

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Tags: Environment, Language, Maya angelou, Poem
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Communicating the Human Voice of Climate Change

Continuing this blog's exploration of language within the green movement, there was a great DotEarth post the other day about communication. Quoting from Dr. Randy Olson, a marine biologist and author, comes a different view of the issue. He thinks that rather than focusing too much on the packag...

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Tags: Communication, Debt, Devloping, Future, Language, Nation
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Language watch: Uncertainty about the environment

"Why the Word 'Uncertainty' Has Gotten Us into Climate Change Trouble" Via Treehugger: This quote from the Copenhagen Climate Congress made by John Ashton of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office: "Words mean different things: Uncertainty to a politician often means, 'Come back and tell me when...

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Tags: Certainty, Climate change, Language, Law, Policy, Probability, Treaty, Uncertainty
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Some Clarity in Green Jobs Terminology

Yesterday's post about how "green jobs" terminology tends to be rather muddy led to the discovery of Morgan O'Donnell's Search for a Sustainable Occupation. Not only do her honest reflections show the highs and lows of all job searches, but she makes some helpful suggestions about green job seman...

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Tags: Green jobs, Language, Semantics, Terminology, Workforce
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Communicating the Urgency of Our Shrinking Biodiversity

"If we want to do something about future food crises, we should name them today, and name them properly. Problems unnamed or improperly named are problems left unsolved," writes guest blogger for Grist, Cary Fowler. This post, similar in nature to the one about naming the climate crisis, also in...

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Tags: Biodiversity, Disaster, Heirloom seed, Language, Marketing, Seed, Semantics
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Green Jobs, Greenwashing, and the Importance of a Green Semantics

Joel Makower from GreenBiz.com asks an important question: "'Green jobs' has become a rallying cry for activists and politicians alike. They're soon to arrive, and in big numbers -- right?" Everyone is waiting to unwrap the "stimulus package," hoping that inside they will find a financial soluti...

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Tags: Bailout, Green jobs, Language, Policy
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