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World's Largest Rooftop Farm Opens on the South Side of Chicago

Christine Escobar | Posted 12.07.2015 | Green
Christine Escobar

Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens has announced the opening of their fourth greenhouse: a new facility located on Chicago's South Side in the historic Pull...

Class Dismissed: New Indie Documentary On Home Education Receiving Amazing Audience Response

Christine Escobar | Posted 12.23.2014 | Chicago
Christine Escobar

Class Dismissed explores the fast growing movement in the U.S. toward home education and learning outside of the traditional confines of a classroom. The movie follows a homeschooling family from LA who decide to take their two children out of school.

More Than Ever, We Need to Rethink How to Live Our Lives in Meaningful Ways Without Excessive Spending

Christine Escobar | Posted 02.10.2014 | Chicago
Christine Escobar

For better or for worse in the United States, whether due to credit card debt, the foreclosure crisis, job loss or pay cuts, this holiday season many of us are forced by hard economic realities to reexamine our role as "consumers."

Victory! Proctor & Gamble to Eliminate Triclosan and DEP From Its Products

Christine Escobar | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Christine Escobar

Procter & Gamble has announced plans to eliminate the toxic chemicals triclosan and diethyl phthalate (DEP) from all its products by 2014.

Book Review and Interview: Vegan is Love, the Newest Children's Book From Ruby Roth

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.01.2012 | Green
Christine Escobar

Vegan is Love you've gone more in depth on vegan life choices that children can make The most important lesson for kids to learn is that we don't have to fear anything we have the power to change.

"Radical Homemakers" Review and Interview with Author Shannon Hayes

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christine Escobar

Hayes, author of Radical Homemakers, believes the cause of this shift lies with the acceptance of the idea that American society exists for the betterment of the capitalist corporate economy.

Chicago One Step Closer to Becoming Largest "Fair Trade Town" in North America

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christine Escobar

The Chicago City Council voted to approve a Fair Trade resolution, an important first step in the effort to promote fair trade products in Chicago and fair labor conditions across the globe.

What If You Could Only See Good Ads Online?

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Christine Escobar

Recently, DoGood Headquarters contacted us about their new DoGooder browser plug-in that helps people take positive action. Here's how it works.

Recycle More, Earn Stuff: Incentive-Based Recycling Comes to Chicago

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christine Escobar

Under the program, households will be encouraged to increase their recycling to receive rewards based on the amount of recyclables they generate

Talking With Ruby Roth, Vegan Children's Book Author

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Christine Escobar

That's Why We Don't Eat Animals has been described as the first children's book to address the emotional lives of animals, factory farming, the environment and endangered species.

The Tale of rBGH, Milk, Monsanto and the Organic Backlash

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Christine Escobar

RGBH was first developed by the agricultural biotech corporation Monsanto to increase milk output in dairy cows. Monsanto's production history includes the notoriously dangerous Agent Orange.

Doctors, Vaccine Dissent and The God Complex

Christine Escobar | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Escobar

Top medical organizations this month pronounced their support for a new vaccine schedule, as doctors continue to disagree about how to counsel parents on the benefits and risks of vaccines.

Green Parent Chicago's Alternative Gift Giving Guide

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christine Escobar

"Buy Green, Buy Fair, Buy Local, Buy Used, and Buy Less" is the mantra to mind when shopping for a less commercialized holiday.

Melamine In Baby Formula, What U.S. Parents Should Know

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Christine Escobar

Tests found melamine and cyanuric acid, a related chemical, in samples of baby formula made by three major U.S. brands, comprising 90 percent of all formula sold in the United States.

Parents and Citizens Should Take Advantage of EPA's Comment Period On Perchlorate in Drinking Water

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Christine Escobar

Perchlorate is a chemical used by the Defense Department for testing missiles and rockets. Most perchlorate contamination is believed to be the result of defense and aerospace activities.

Joy Behar, I Have a Question For You: When Will the Left Finally Get it On Home Education?

Christine Escobar | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Escobar

I have to tell you, I think you're way out of line, saying that homeschooled kids are "demented" and that homeschooled kids are "afraid of other children."

Parents at the Heart of Chicago Environmental Justice Group

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Christine Escobar

What kind of world will we leave behind for our children? What can we as parents do to ensure our children do not suffer the health effects of dangerous air quality and industry and government negligence?

Illinois Extends Young Adult Health Coverage Under Parents Plans

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Escobar

A new state law says young adults can be covered on their parents' insurance plans until age 26, regardless of their whether or not they still live at...

Why Not Try Meat-free Meals With Kids?

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christine Escobar

Vegetarian diets are greener. Just reducing your weekly consumption of meat and animal products can make a big difference in your family's environmental impact.