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POOP Founder on World Toilet Day

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 5:20 PM

November 19th was World Toilet Day, an international homage to modern sanitation. One might imagine this being a farce plotted by Mr. Hankey on South Park, but it's a real day, with real environmental and health agendas. This past April my friend Shawn Shafner created the

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National Public Lands Day: The Psychology of Preservation

(10) Comments | Posted September 25, 2010 | 3:44 PM

When floating in a small, inflatable boat on a paradisiacal pond along the Snake River in Wyoming, my four-year-old nephew (my passenger), turned and said: "It's like we went into a painting. But where does the painting end?"

Yes, this illuminates that my nephew is amazing. But it also...

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Fracking, Ibsen and New York City Drinking Water

(7) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 1:44 PM

The Sweeter Theater Company in New York commissioned me to write a play -- a modern, "green" version of Henrik Ibsen's Enemy of the People. Little did I know that the topic I picked for contemporization -- hydraulic fracturing or "fracking", a...

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Make Her Vagina Green

(46) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 4:32 PM

Well, not actually green. That's nasty. But in honor of Earth Day, there are ways to make a vagina happier, healthier, and environmentally friendlier.

Let's talk numbers.

The average length of actual menstrual blood coming out of a fertile woman's body is 5 days a menstrual month, which...

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Wrong Focus on Climate Change

(18) Comments | Posted December 23, 2009 | 4:14 PM

If the goal is environmental activism, we can rally around far more unifying and less controversial topics than climate change.

As my mother always says, "all you have to do is put your head next to a tail pipe of a car and breathe in and you know it's...

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Growing Movement to Get Kids Outdoors Includes Where the Wild Things Are

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 3:28 PM

We want to get kids outside. But who is the best to approach: teachers, parents or kids themselves?

This October is filled with various efforts that can help us decide.

This past Tuesday was "No Child Left Inside" Day, a new part...

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Take a Hike, Kids

(4) Comments | Posted July 29, 2009 | 7:13 PM

While Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazer says that outdoor activity is important for young people, Scott Mason's story will make kids and their parents think twice.

Mid-way through his strenuous day hike in the Mountains of New Hampshire, 17-year-old Mason sprained his ankle, and then tried to take...

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Soap, Schools and Swine Flu

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 5:48 AM

It's happening, and schools are not ready for it.

Today, over seventy U.S. cadets at an air force academy in Colorado were confirmed to have swine flu. Last Thursday, Barack Obama interrupted his trip to Italy to warn America about the lingering H1N1 pandemic, and to brace...

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Kids and Environmental History

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2009 | 5:45 PM

As kids come outside this month, with seedlings in hand, smiles on their faces and posters of polar bears in tow, we need to remind them of the history of environmentalism. Our recent celebration of Earth Day not only marked the celebration of our planet, it marked a historical change...

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