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Dear Friends,

This month, we propose 6 topics that you should be thinking about this Earth Day but may not be. We also feature the U.K.'s Big Lunch project, highlight some of our favorite books, explore the artistic side of marine debris, and offer a peek inside our new Guide to Sharing.

Enjoy the latest issue of In Balance!

—Wendy, Kathy, Lisa, Wen, and the rest of the New Dream team

 



6 Things You Should Be Thinking About This Earth Day, But May Not Be

This April 22, we can all recommit to steps to reduce our environmental impact, from saving energy and water to walking and biking more. But there are some other important topics that you may not be thinking about.

New Dream Staff Picks: Books We Love

Looking for a good beach or airplane read? New Dream staff share our favorite books on topics of consumerism, parenting, sustainability, work-life balance, and more. Feel free to add your own recommendations to the list!

Coming This Month! New Dream's Guide to Sharing

Love to share? Want to start a sharing club or hold a community swap? New Dream and Shareable present the Guide to Sharing, coming this month. Take a look inside!

Join Your Neighbors for a Really, Really Big Lunch

The U.K.'s annual "Big Lunch" event brings millions of people out of doors to have lunch in their communities—literally. Taking over streets, parks, and other open spaces, residents enjoy food, games, and music. Learn how you can celebrate the June 3 event in your own community.

Making Good: Finding Work That Is Meaningful

Is it possible to find a meaningful, fulfilling career that also pays the bills? According to a new book by Billy Parish and Dev Aujla, the answer is yes.

Arts & Culture Corner: Oregon Artists Transform Ocean Debris Into Knowledge

Volunteers with Oregon's "Washed Ashore" project are transforming plastic trash and other ocean debris into giant sculptures of sea life, in an effort to create awareness about marine pollution.

Science-based Research for the "Greater Good"

Through online quizzes, videos, articles, and other materials, the Greater Good Science Center, based at the University of California at Berkeley, offers science-based tips to help foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

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