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With Project Ara, Modular Phones Are Here!

December 2014: Project Ara’s first batch of modular phones has arrived. By Josh Morrow As Endgadget notes in it writeup: Yes, modular phones do indeed work; yes, you can take out a component without bricking the device; and yes, it can already run Angry Birds. The most obvious promise of Project...

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HOW TO: Buy Less, Give More

Community member Gus Morainslie is back with a terrific new poster. It’s all about how to have a rich and joyful holiday season – with way less Stuff. Does this image speak to you? Know any educators or parents who would like it? Please share! Go deeper: Download the high-resolution...

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Reclaiming the Holidays

by Allison Cook and Renée Shade, December 2011 At the end of November, I immediately–and frantically–started making to-do lists of presents to buy, searching blogs for holiday meal and craft ideas, looking for cheap flights, and trying to remember where I put my glue gun. The overwhelming feeling of holiday...

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Born in México City, An Idea to Change the World

It all started for Gus Morainslie with a graphic design project on global warming. The more he drew, read, and researched, the more he realized that climate change was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what needs to change in our world. Born in México City, Gus...

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The Art of “Buy Less, Live More”

This November, Community member Gus Morainslie came forward to design a graphic for our Buy Less, Live More campaign. The gorgeous result of his efforts has arrived! Go deeper: Download the high-resolution poster in English. Download the high-resolution poster in Spanish. Join our Buy Less, Live More campaign: submit a photo! See...

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Choose Family over Frenzy

By Annie Leonard When I turned on my computer today, I had 8 emails from vendors announcing special low prices — Black Friday deals — available all week. I waded through the Black Friday junk mail, tapping away at my delete button, to find the one email I sought: the...

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These Workers in São Paulo, Brazil Are Marching Toward Zero Waste

The streets of Belo Horizonte were filled with singing, dancing, chanting, and marching. It was not a holiday or an election day or a soccer game. The chant was: “We don’t want incineration! Recycle! Recycle!” It was September 19, 2014, and this was the launch of a national Zero Waste...

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Cheers! A Victory for People Power in Berkeley, California

This is pretty big deal. Yesterday, Berkeley, California became the first city in the United States to pass a soda tax when voters overwhelmingly voted to approve Measure D. With skyrocketing rates of diabetes and obesity, the passage of Measure D turns the tide for better health by putting in...

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Vote!

By Annie Leonard “Good citizens take an interest in people and issues outside themselves. . . . They inform themselves. They volunteer. They listen. They take the long view. They vote.” –Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick In 1990, I visited Haiti just after the country chose its first democratically elected president....

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Skip the Pink Ribbons. Make Real Change.

by Naomi Sultana Young Earlier this year, while running errands with my lively young son I spotted this sign: “The More of Us Walk, The More of Us Survive.” -Avonwalk.org I was 14 when my mom had breast cancer. She made it. I can’t imagine how different my life would...

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Your Town’s Sharing Resources: Mapped

Do you love the sharing economy – and want to make it more visible to the world? Are you a great collaborator? If you answered “yes” to both of those questions, Shareable and the Sharing Cities Network need you at #MapJam 2014. “A MapJam is an event where a small...

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Houston: We Have a Solution

Community member Steve Stelzer works every day to help residents in Houston, Texas find ways to go green at home and at work. And he knew that getting people to rethink how they build their houses require rethinking the materials economy: where our Stuff comes from. So he built a...

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Imaginary Heroes, Real World Change: Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade

When 9-year old Josie Garcia meets Frozey the polar bear, it’s love at first sight. And when Josie learns that polar bears are threatened by climate change, she researches the issue, gets advice from her beloved abuelita, and then creates a way for her and other kids to make a...

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Are College Students Sleeping With Toxic Flame Retardants?

By Joan Blades My daughter is going to college this fall and we are getting ready. Her school recommended a number of items for her dorm which we dutifully purchased. Having worked on getting toxic flame retardants out of the foam in our couches over the past several years, it...

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Choking the Oceans With Plastic

By Charles J. Moore | New York Times LOS ANGELES — The world is awash in plastic. It’s in our cars and our carpets, we wrap it around the food we eat and virtually every other product we consume; it has become a key lubricant of globalization — but it’s...

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