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The United States Isn't Broke But Why is Our Economy Broken? It Favors the Top 1%

The Story of Stuff Project takes on government subsidies in new online movie called ‘The Story of Broke’ and calls for investments in a clean, fair economy.

The United States isn’t broke; we’re the richest country on the planet and a country in which the richest among us are doing exceptionally well. But the truth is, our economy is broken.

We are producing more pollution, greenhouse gasses and garbage than any other country. In these and so many other ways, it just isn’t working. But rather than invest in something better, we continue to keep this ‘dinosaur economy’ on life support with hundreds of billions of dollars of our tax money. The Story of Broke calls for a shift ingovernment spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste and more—that can deliver jobs AND a healthier environment.

November 8th

Is the Occupy Movement a Call for Sustainability?

For years the American public has professed to care about the environment, yet their purchasing decisions did not reflect this value. Consumers have decried labor conditions, yet sought the lowest-price option for goods. The sustainability community in the United States has long called for a consumer awakening to the fact that each time they make a purchase, they are ‘voting with their dollars’ –supporting practices, governments and policies that they dislike in survey after survey.
That is why I have watched with growing interest as Occupy demonstrations began and have grown from New York to more than 150 cities across the country and around the world. Using social media, I reached out to participants and organizers (I was admonished not to use the term ‘leaders’ as their role was to convene, not to direct) of the various movements. And what I found surprised me.

October 27th

Top 10 Green Marketing Campaigns

I was recently asked for a list of top-ten green marketing campaigns so here is mine in chronological order. Some were created for large companies and some for small companies, but they all share in their innovation and how they changed the conversation about how to market green.

October 26th

How Corporations and Special Interest Groups Can Influence Citizens Through Astroturfing

Grassroots movements are usually considered the “community’s voice” and key to any democratic institution. But apparently not always. Some grassroots organizations and actions are actually “astroturfing”, that is really the antithesis of the above definition. In light of recent political debates and issues of green jobs, climate change and energy policies, this issue affects how key political issues are perceived and presented to citizens.
Astroturfing has emerged as a powerful and malignant form of corporate greenwashing that has potential to change the political direction of this country.

September 15th

This World Water Week Help Charity: Water Bring Clean Water To Africa

Do you know there are a billion people on the planet who don’t have access to clean water? This is the main driving force behind Charity: Water’s mission.
Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk 5 miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are a billion people on the planet who don’t have clean water. Charity Water invites you to put yourself in their shoes.

August 25th