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For Our Land And Our Children

Steve Loe, a now-retired U.S. Forest Service Wildlife biologist for over 25 years, was working on a giant tunnel project near Strawberry Creek in 2014 when he first discovered its dire condition. As part of the project, he evaluated the health of Strawberry Creek to assess potential effects of the...

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She Was Just One Person…Until She Joined Up with Her Neighbors to Take on Nestlé

With the soothing voice of a teacher and the gentle smile of a neighbor, one would not have imagined that Aurora del Val would have stepped forward to become one of the many community leaders in Hood River County’s community fight against Nestlé’s plans to bottle millions of gallons of...

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Decision in San Bernardino:
A Turning Point.

September 21, 2016 This morning, a federal judge in southern California denied our request to turn off the spigot on Nestlé’s water bottling operation in the San Bernardino National Forest, ruling for the U.S. Forest Service in a lawsuit we filed last October. The court’s decision flies in the face...

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Save Our Parks, Rivers and Oceans. Fight Plastic Pollution. Ban the Bag.

Bag bans are sweeping the nation and the world. Bangladesh and Ireland were two of the first countries to ban single-use plastic bags all the way back in 2002. Ireland started with a region, while Bangladesh instituted a country-wide ban. Several years later, San Francisco (not surprisingly) was the first...

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Coworking, Cooperating, and Coming Together: The “New Better Off” Life Looks Pretty Darn Good

The American Dream of our parents’ generation left us broke, unhappy, and bereft of planetary resources. What’s so inspiring is that the new “better off” is cheaper, lighter on the planet, and a whole lot more fun. Courtney Martin, columnist for On Being, co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network and...

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What is Nestlé Waters Hiding?

Nestlé Waters—the world’s largest water bottler—regularly touts the work its ‘natural resource managers’ do to ensure the health of the ecosystems where it gets its water. About its Arrowhead brand’s operations in the drought-impacted San Bernardino National Forest—where we’ve sued to stop the company’s removal of water—Nestlé says: “Our team...

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In Just One Summer Vacation from College, These Young Women Transformed a Town

Not many people in the world can claim to have single-handedly created a recycling program for an entire community before starting their second year of college, but that is exactly what Moni Ayoub and Anđela Rončević have done. “It has been a dream of mine,” Ayoub said. “And now it’s...

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Second Chances for Teens and…Mattresses?

If you were to walk into Café UTEC on a hot day to buy a house-made raspberry limeade, you would never know that the life of the friendly young man behind the counter looks radically different today than it did a few months ago. This man – let’s call him...

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What Happens When a Deserving Student Turns Down Money for College? People are Inspired.

It’s now a familiar story. Nestlé pays pennies to pump water out of communities and makes millions. Along the way, the company gives out a few thousand dollars in student scholarships to polish their image and distract people from remembering that it’s money they made by stealing the community’s own...

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These Cartoons in Spanish Help Kids Understand how ‘Basura’ can Trash the Planet

Costa Rica is known as an environmentally friendly country with a literate population. It also faces a constant barrage of environmental threats, like new incineration facilities and development proposals — even in places that are supposed to be protected — that put the country’s natural resources at risk. It is...

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Lessons from Flint: A Healthy Democracy Requires Leaders Who Listen

Most citizens don’t have many chances to talk directly to the leaders that make decisions that affect their lives. But given a chance, would the leaders in power listen? Understand citizens’ concerns? Answer questions truthfully? And actually act in citizens’ best interest, especially if it wasn’t in theirs? The majority of...

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Microfibers: The Biggest Little Problem You’ve Never Heard of

Guess what!? We are making a new movie! We are getting ready to blow the cover off a growing but little-known pollution problem: microfibers. Plastic pollution has become one of the biggest and most well known threats to aquatic ecosystems, with media stories trumpeting the ‘Texas-sized garbage patch’ in the middle of the Pacific...

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Pashon Murray: Not Afraid to Get Her Hands Dirty

Pashon Murray is no stranger to waste. Growing up, her father owned a small waste management company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Whenever he took her on his trips to the landfill, it confused her that there was so much being thrown out. “It never made sense to me to be...

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Skip the Toxic Headache: It’s Back to School ‘Not Shopping’

It’s that time again – the start of another school year, and parents need to buy clothes, backpacks, and school supplies. The list seems to get longer every year. Parents armed with lengthy, specific school supply lists are frantically searching stores for a soft zippered pencil bag (no hard cases...

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Back-to-School Shopping? Check Out This Guide to PVC-Free School Supplies

If you are a parent of a school age kid in the U.S., it’s hard to avoid the back-to-school marketing that is in full swing, even with a few weeks of summer vacation left. The last thing most kids want in the middle of a sunny August day is to be...

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