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Triple Pundit is running a Twitter Chat Nov. 3 – Women and Cocoa

Check out this twitter chat if you are able to on November 3.  It is about the sustainability of cocoa farming and the role women cocoa farmers play.  Two Great ideas more sustainable cocoa and empowering women.  I love it. Read more ›

Posted in Environment, Events and Happenings, Feminine Impact, General, Good News, Social Justice, Sustainable Development

Nestle’s Bottled Water practices again in question

Once again Nestle proves it is not interested in providing water to those who need it most but rather that it is interested in buying up water sources for as little as possible and then reselling it in bottles at a huge profit.  Every time I go to the grocery store I see cases of Nestle Pure Life bottled water being sold and it causes me grave concern.   Read more ›

Posted in Cities - large and small, Environment, Nature

Grant available to protect Southern Ontario’s Greenbelt

If you have an idea for how to protect and promote Ontario’s Greenbelt there is a grant available.  Check out the information below from Environmental Defence to see if you qualify and how to go about applying for the grant.  If you receive a grant let me know at info@everyonesustainable.com so I can post your idea/event on the site.

Help grow Ontario’s Greenbelt

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Nature Deficit Disorder

An interesting and informative article from the Children & Nature Network by Richard Louv, first published in The New Nature Movement. Nature Deficit Disorder, why we need nature in order to be sane, thriving human beings and how to bring more nature into your everyday life.

Hope you enjoy the article. Live in nature, advocate for it in your cities and towns, get your children out as much as possible to nurture their brains and bodies.

Seven Reasons for a New Nature Movement

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HAPPY 2016 – SLOW IS GOOD

Hi Everyone,

It’s the 3rd of January in 2016 and we have just come through the holidays, usually a bustling, busy time of year for most people.  I certainly hope you enjoyed your holidays, celebrated just the way you wanted to and were able to experience time with family and friends mindfully, rather than exhausted, stressed and frazzled.

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No one wants to have that kind of holiday – frazzled, rushed and feeling worn out rather than rejuvenated.  But if you did, how do you recover, in what ways can you recenter and reconnect? Read more ›

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Climate Change Adaptation Handbook

In this series of blog posts I  will be showcasing various websites, books, and other resources / references that I think may be useful to my readers.  Here’s to finding something new.

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LIFE is the culmination of all you do – So Choose Wisely

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I have been reading the various articles, commentaries and analysis that The New York Times Amazon article has generated over the last week.  Shock and outrage at the conditions white-collar workers experience at Amazon, as well as support for those conditions is all over the internet.  This is how it should be – discussion, review, analysis, commentary – that is the sign of a healthy society.  North Americans and many countries around the world have the freedom to discuss and debate any number of ideas, practices, concepts, etc. without concern and that is a very good thing.

Google has one form of corporate culture and Amazon has another.  As a person trying to gain employment at either company you can choose which culture you prefer and aim to be hired by that company.  There is choice here and many different types of corporate culture in between the two that I am sure is also available to those who have the skills and knowledge to work at any tech company.  While younger you may choose to work in a hard driving culture like Amazon and then as you marry, start a family or simply no longer want to put in those kinds of hours choose to leave and find a more suitable company for the next part of your life.  The point is you have a choice, so choose consciously what you want for your life.

Regardless of the hard driving or laid back nature of a company’s culture what I see as never acceptable is the need to be vicious, opportunistic, belittling, lacking in compassion or any other calculated negative action that diminishes your co-workers as a human being.  I very much disliked the “anonymous reporting tool” to report on a co-worker’s performance or lack thereof.  I also think it is totally unnecessary to make someone cry, feel inadequate or foolish when they have presented an idea as requested only to have it ridiculed and judged harshly in a personal attack.  There are intelligent, appropriate ways to communicate that do not involve bully tactics, nastiness and mob mentality.  Poor management is poor management regardless of the success of a company overall.  Conscious leadership that fosters a conscious culture can create the same success that company’s like Amazon, with a much more combative and cut-throat culture, have achieved.  Additionally, as noted in another article on Medium, by Dustin Moskovitz, a co-founder of Facebook, productivity drops off when unreasonable expectations are placed on employees for an extended period of time.

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People are complex creatures requiring physical, mental and spiritual fulfillment through a variety of experiences including time spent in nature, time spent serving others (not customers) and time spent reflecting on their deepest self.  If this time is not afforded, recognized or encouraged because “work” dominates their life then they become dis-functional, dis-eased, and seriously dis-connected from being human.  This allows for callousness, disdain, disregard and antipathy towards others and towards our planet to thrive and flourish, creating even greater inhumanity and destruction.  That is the real problem with Amazon – the lack of concern for the unending pursuit of consumption that they promote, encourage and push through every instance of instant gratification like their new 1-hour wine delivery in the Seattle area or their drone delivery idea or their Dash Button for specific products.  Great innovations but a horrifying promotion of more and more products delivered faster and faster without any need to think, consider or evaluate whether you actually need the product, which company you should be supporting with your purchase (exploitative or conscious) and what impact your purchase is having on the planet.  Ease, convenience, thoughtlessness in our purchases with no connection to the seller, the producer or any other human being sets up a society, a culture, a country and a world that is soulless, disconnected and ultimately destructive to everyone and everything.  This is the real problem with Amazon’s pursuit to be the one world source for all your consumer purchases, feeding our wants like a “pusher” feeds a drug habit.

We need to read the New York Times article and the articles pointing out the dreadful conditions in Amazon’s warehouses and see that this is not a just or conscious business model that can be sustained.  It has no place in our world today and a wholesale re-evaluation of the way we do things, what we value and the impact our greed, consumption and callousness is having on the planet and on people must take place.  We need to become informed, to think and to choose what is the best way to expend our energy, our time and our efforts so that we have healthy people and a healthy planet today and for generations to come.  Delivery drones, 50+ hour work weeks, data managed performance reviews and instant order buttons are not the way to achieve a sustainable, just and consciously evolved future.

Learn, think, choose and evolve internally so you can have an impact externally in creating a positive, sustainable future that values being human over being an efficient supplier to unthinking consumers.

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Guest Post – Natural and Organic Pest Control

The Aardvark Pest Management in Philadelphia, PA wrote the following piece on integrated pest management for their blog.  I am posting it here as a guest post because it contains information about choosing natural and organic methods of pest control before resorting to stronger chemical solutions that negatively impact your home or garden.

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Adidas – Designing shoes from Ocean Plastic Waste.

Adidas new shoe made from plastic waste sourced from the ocean.

Adidas new shoe made from plastic waste sourced from the ocean.

Adidas, already a leader in sustainable business practices and innovation, has taken another step forward by designing shoes from plastic waste sourced from our oceans.  Plastic polluting our oceans is a major issue and Adidas, along with Parley for the Oceans, have joined together to help solve this problem.  Read more ›

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The True Cost of the clothes we buy is too high.

On TriplePundit today there was a report about the release of a new documentary called “The True Cost” which looks at the fashion industry’s real cost in terms of our environment and the people who produce our clothing. For some time now I have been very aware of the environmental and human cost in the production of both cheap and luxury goods. Just because you pay a small fortune for a purse, shoes or dress does not mean the people who made that item are treated any better or the environment is considered any more than the $9.99 shirt or $23.99 purse you purchase. Read more ›

Posted in Conscious Capitalism, Everyday Sustainability, General, Sustainable Business