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A Sense of Ownership: local communities are empowered to act on deforestation

An edited version of this article first appeared on TruthAtlas. BALE, ETHIOPIA–In the dappled shade of his eucalyptus plantation, Munir Adem recollects. “Before, the forest belonged to the government. There…

Eco-Marketing for the Future

What really is green marketing? In one source, it was reported to be “the marketing of products that are presumed to be environmentally safe; thus green marketing incorporates a broad…

The Fragile Future of the “Mountains of Life”

Kamal Bawa and Sandesh Kadur, a biology professor at the University of MA (Boston) and a noted wildlife photographer, respectively, came together to catalogue the biodiversity and changing geography of…

Richard Branson’s “B Team:” Business for Good

Andrew Rasiej, founder of Personal Democracy Media and Chair of New York Tech Meetup, talks to Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, about “the greatest challenge and opportunity of…

Money Does Grow on Trees in One Peruvian Town

How Forestry Has Transformed a Small Farm Town in Peru The Andes Mountains, the largest mountain range in the world, are home to 32% of Peru’s population, many of which…

The Elephant has left the room

In late 2012, at the Booth Theater in New York, I watched Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”. During intermission, seeking distraction from the pain of the play, I…

Food Fortification in the Midst of Turmoil?

Political turmoil and related conflicts can dictate the amount and quality of nutrients accessible to everyday people. Coverage of the Arab Spring has brought to light the dire circumstances still…

Eating Insects Makes for A “Sustainable” Snack

Last fall, I attended a conference hosted by the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics at MIT. The conference, entitled “Global Systems 2.0,” focused on potential interdisciplinary approaches to the environmental…

Panama: The Indigenous Activists Who Paralyzed a Nation

by Nick Swyter In February 2012, members of Panama’s largest indigenous group, the Ngäbe-Buglé, blocked the country’s main roadway to protest mining and hydroelectric projects they say won’t benefit their…

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, or Repair: The Pop Up Repair Shop in NYC

Throwing away broken stuff has never been an easier choice. For some items, prices have never been lower; for others, instant obsolescence means you always have an excuse to upgrade,…

India’s Other Rural Dwellers

Rural issues dominate the discussions regarding India’s development. Without a doubt, the needs of rural India are great. As per the 2011 Census, more than 833 million people live in…

Paul Polak: Testing New Funding Model for His Second Global Venture

Paul became known for making the treadle pump accessible and affordable for low-income markets. It was his first foray into “social business.”   For the past three years, Paul has…

Don’t Want that Sandwich? Can’t sell it? Don’t throw it away, though!

Dana Frasz is a food entrepreneur.  She wants to recycle food, taking the food that’s not consumed and putting it into the hands of those who cannot afford it.  She…

Sustainability: Not Just Fashionable

THOUGHTS POST SKOLL WORLD FORUM: When it comes to sustainability, one of the things that has always nagged me about companies that “go green” is that it typically just means…

World Wildlife Fund Supports Startups in the Forest

Runa works with 2,000 indigenous farmers of Kichwa nationality (as pictured above) in the Ecuadorian Amazon to produce guayusa tea (Photo courtesy of subject). By Lindsay Hebert In December, the…