Women Say ‘Enough is Enough’ to Climate Changes Worldwide

13 Nov 2013

[caption id="attachment_3437" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Nobel Laureate Jody Williams"][/caption] Over 33 million women worldwide were represented by 100 global women leaders at the first International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit held two weeks ago in Suffern, New York.  Nobel Peace Laureate, Jody Williams, announced last week that women are putting the world on notice that women will “raise our voices followed by serious actions” pointing to possible boycotts and protests of corporations that are contributing to climate change escalation. Global grassroots women met with women world leaders “to bridge the gap between the women on the ground and the world policy makers”.   The global women addressed protecting the water, oceans, air, and forests, focusing on the need for a deep systemic change concerning carbon emissions.   High on the list of concerns was protection of food sovereignty/ stability, how oil, coal, fracking, and nuclear industries which are negatively impacting climate change, (and human rights issues surrounding these issues), protection of tribal lands and peoples, and protection of the rainforests. Osprey Lake, Co-Director of the recent International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit, proclaimed, “Nature is not waiting while politicians debate.  We need a deep overall analysis about climate change right now. Enough is enough.”

U.S. Cities Ranked By % of Bicycle Commuting

12 Nov 2013

Way to go Portland!    

Caring, Green and the GDP: New Economics for Women

11 Nov 2013

Imports. Exports. These are things we know well. We have whole retail chains dedicated to these ideas. As women, we have the buying power and our impact is measured in dollars and cents. But what if there were other ways to measure our impact? We keep the United States' GDP up and running with our spending; we keep it wealthy. But what about other things that women contribute, such as our time taking care of those around us so, at times, others can be wage earners? What about the "services" the environment offers? Will that be counted as part of a nation's wealth? The debate has been on for quite some time.

Men Got Us Into The Shutdown, Women Got Us Out

18 Oct 2013

[caption id="attachment_3365" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Susan Collins, a senator from Maine, started the group that led to the eventual reopening of the government"][/caption] The government shutdown is finally over -- at least until the next time the budget clock runs out. It seems that a lot of stubbornness made that mess. According to reports from Capital Hill, it seems that the women in the Senate were the ones that cleaned it up. They were willing to go across party lines to reach a solution.  An article in Huffpost Women illuminates the situation.

We Are What Our Nation Eats – A week of groceries from around the world

17 Oct 2013

We can be conscious consumers, and choose the right foods for the right reasons. These choices are shaped by availability (season, shopping location, and growing zones) and hopefully by the sustainability of the products. We want to share with you an eye-opening series photographed by Peter Menzel where he traveled around the word showing just what a week's worth of groceries looks like -- family by family, country by country. Note the amount of processed, package food vs. fresh produce and how this varies by country. Pizza anyone?

Now You Can Kick Monsanto in the App

20 May 2013

In her keynote speech at last year’s annual Netroots Nation gathering, Darcy Burner pitched a seemingly simple idea to the thousands of bloggers and web developers in the audience. The formerMicrosoft MSFT +0.6% programmer and congressional candidate proposed a smartphone app allowing shoppers to swipe barcodes to check whether conservative billionaire industrialists Charles andDavid Koch were behind a product on the shelves.

Solar Mamas and their Wild Idea

19 May 2013

They can’t read or write but a couple of brave Bedouin women from Jordan travelled far and wide to help their villages become solar powered. The biggest struggle yet may be with their husbands: We’ve covered this hopeful story of Solar Mamas, Bedouin women from Jordan who went to Barefoot College to learn how to solar power their villages. We’ve interviewed the women from solar mamas, and have reviewed the film Solar Mamas, a documentary movie about their journey.