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Top 5 Environmental Victories of 2016

Top 5 Environmental Victories of 2016

The year 2016 is considered to be one of the worst years in recent history – with political upheavals the world over, terror attacks, celebrity deaths, environmental disasters and so on. However, it has also ushered in landmark victories for the environment which hopefully sets a precedent for bigger victories this 2017. Five of the...

How to Become a Minimalist in 7 Simple Steps

How to Become a Minimalist in 7 Simple Steps

Political thinker and writer Henry David Thoreau said: “It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.”1 In this day and age, no truer words have been uttered as advertising has led to wasteful consumption and the shackling cycle of consumerism and wastefulness. Our wasteful lifestyle has...

How to Have a Zero-Waste Christmas

How to Have a Zero-Waste Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again as the entire world celebrates Christmas and New Year with family, friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, the outlook is not so wonderful for Mother Earth as the holidays are expected to bring in more waste from all the celebrations. In the United States alone, Stanford...

What You Didn’t Know About Recycling

What You Didn’t Know About Recycling

There have been a lot of debates on the pros and cons of recycling. The important question is, does it make a difference for the environment? The short answer – yes, it is beneficial for the environment. Annie Leonard, producer of the YouTube film Story of Stuff and head of Greenpeace USA says: “Everyone knows the...

6 Key Takeaways from the Marrakech Climate Summit

6 Key Takeaways from the Marrakech Climate Summit

Despite the President Trump specter that hounded the Marrakech climate summit in Morocco, the message from 111 countries was clear: “Our climate is warming at an alarming and unprecedented rate and we have an urgent duty to respond.”1 This is the Marrakech Action Proclamation for our Climate and Sustainable Development signed at the 22nd Session...

What a Trump Presidency Means for the Fight Against Climate Change

What a Trump Presidency Means for the Fight Against Climate Change

“The 12-day talks started with a bang,”1 the United Nations Climate Conference 2016 (otherwise known as COP22 or Conference of Parties 22) reported in a press release on 07 November. There was much to celebrate — a hundred countries have already ratified the Paris Agreement. A day after such a positive announcement, earth-shaking news came from...

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests: A New Frontier in the Fight for Indigenous Rights and Climate Change

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests: A New Frontier in the Fight for Indigenous Rights and Climate Change

Just a few days ago, on November 4, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change took effect, a critical political signal from governments and peoples across the world that everyone is united in the fight against climate change. As this happens, another fight rages in Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota in the United...

The World Unites to Address Climate Change

The World Unites to Address Climate Change

With nations regardless of size, economy and power banding together to address climate change, we have once again witnessed a shining moment of our time. On 4 November 2016, the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change is set to enter into force after crossing two thresholds indicated on Article 21 of the agreement — having...

Technology is Key to Driving Sustainability in Fashion

Technology is Key to Driving Sustainability in Fashion

Are you aware of the tremendous negative environmental impact of the fashion industry? “The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world … second only to oil. It is a really nasty business,” Eileen Fisher, clothing industry magnate and environmental award recipient declared.1 Indeed, the glamorous world of fashion is a major contributor...

The Lay Person’s Guide to the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Lay Person’s Guide to the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development or more commonly referred to as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are two of the world’s most important multilateral agreements in recent times. What is the Paris Agreement?  The Paris Agreement, hailed as “historic, durable and ambitious,”1 is an affirmative global action...