Is compassion the key to a truly greener world? An intelligent conversation with Dr. Renee Lertzman – Show 46

28 Jun 2011

We know plastic water bottles are overwhelming our landfills and severely clogging mother earth’s pores, yet we mindlessly grab a bottle when offered. We know pesticide-free apples are way better for us, but still we eat the heavily sprayed ones. Here’s the dilemma: We say want green products and healthy foods, but we don’t back up our words with actions. The very actions, Renee Lertzman says, “…we know from an ecological, economic, political and spiritual standpoint would do us all a lot of good.” So what’s holding us back? Why are we talking the talk, but not walking the walk?

Renee has some answers. She’s a writer, researcher and communications consultant focusing specifically on the psychological dimensions of sustainability. Her article “The Myth of Apathy” laid out some concrete truths and insights into this dilemma, so I invited her on Women Of Green to share those with me. What I uncovered is a fresh, new perspective on what it means to be green and how to engage the mainstream consumer in really caring about the environment. A very cool interview so listen in!


Where the women aren’t.

23 Jun 2011

According to Businessweek, today, 29 companies in the S&P 500, or 9.4 percent, have no women on the board or among the five highest-paid executives. Among these are Discovery Communications, the co-owner of the Oprah Winfrey Network, and America’s largest maker of uniforms, Cintas.

Oprah’s audience is overwhelmingly women. What is wrong with this picture? Unfortunately, this is common across the board. Women hold less than 15% of leadership positions in Corporate America and politics. We need to seriously make a change. With the state of the world — from toxins in our food, to oil spills poisoning our marine life, to the threat of more nuclear disasters, we need women’s voice at the table more than ever. What are you willing to do to make that happen?


The top 3 pesticide-laden produce you want to know about.

22 Jun 2011

The Environmental Working Group just released their 2011 Shopper’s Guide for pesticides in produce. Here are the top three offenders:

#1 Apples. An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Not if 98% of conventional apples have pesticides. Sad but true.

#2 Celery. Don’t crunch this for lunch. Celery tested positive for 57 different pesticides.

#3 Strawberries. Some of these lovely, juicy red berries have as many as 13 pesticides.

To see their whole list and get their guide, go to Environmental Working Group. They are your friend.


If fish are eating plastic, so are you.

20 Jun 2011

According to a study published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, about 35% of the fish collected on a recent research expedition had plastic in their stomachs. And even more alarming, while researchers expected to find that fish had consumed a few pieces of the denuded plastic––possibly one or two–– what they actually found was much worse. Researchers found that many of the hundreds of lanternfish that were collected and dissected for the study contained around 80 individual pieces of ocean plastic in their bellies.


Drill baby drill? Not for US Military.

18 Jun 2011

A new report from the clean tech research firm Pike Research confirms a trend that has been percolating along mainly under the radar: the U.S. Department of Defense is gung ho for clean energy. In an interesting twist, Pike states that “increased access to clean and reliable energy has become a leading priority for the U.S. Department of Defense.” By stressing the reliability of clean energy, rather than focusing on the renewable aspect, Pike effectively steamrolls over any further discussion of whether or not the U.S. should continue to promote oil drilling, at least not for national defense purposes.


Become a Compost Queen

13 Jun 2011

Hot composting, cold composting, worm composting, grub composting? Here’s a quick and easy slide show that breaks it down for you whether you are a Compost Aficionado or just starting out.


Avon meets solar energy. Here come the solar sisters!

7 Jun 2011

“Solar is the most distributed energy source we have. The same sun shines down on everyone. And with advances in technology, it is available and affordable. Especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where only 5% of the rural population has access to electricity, solar is the perfect energy source as it takes advantage of their most abundant resource, the hot African sun,” says Katherine Lucey, Founder & CEO, Solar Sister.


Our Accidental Community

6 Jun 2011

I live in an idyllic valley just 45 minutes drive north of Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. These six acres I call home has been my turangawaewae or standing place for 25 years. The first time I walked the land, I knew I belonged here. It was mostly pasture with a scraggly bit of remnant native forest that sheltered the sheep and cattle that grazed here. North facing, it is surrounded by huge hills covered with native trees. My then husband and I had no doubts. We rang the agent and put in a bid. From a piece of bare land it has grown to be a tree covered oasis, a place of healing and a haven for people, birds and insects.


So how green are you, really? – show 45

1 Jun 2011

Ok, so you recycle, and yes, you buy organic when you can. You might even own a Prius. But how do you really measure up? Now there’s a way to find out. I discovered an online service that takes you through a series of eco questions and when you’re done, you know exactly where you stand. Even better, it gives you specific ideas and concrete advise on how to get even more ecologically sound and savvy in your life. The creator of this site is Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder and CEO of Practically Green. An online service that motivates you to make healthy green changes at home, at work and in your community.



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