Let's make this Rosh Hashanah, and this Shmitah, the year when all of that changes. Let's get our institutions and portfolios to divest from Big Oil. Let's get our synagogues and communities to stand up for the Earth.
Take daylight, for example. While the stereotype of the coveted 'corner office' may be outdated, research finds that workers with access to natural light and views are more productive than their colleagues who are squeezed into dark, dim cubicles.
Here are some innovative thinkers launching apps that can help you live more sustainably. And best of all, they're free.
There is perhaps no more illustrative example of the vulnerability of low-lying subway stations in the city than the story of South Ferry. Sandy poured 15 million gallons of salt water into the station, destroying its entire power system.
No matter how we meticulously we separate our recycling or how mindful we are in eating locally sourced foods, as conscious consumers there is always friction between our values and the realties of modern living.
If your strategic intent is to create an entity that has a value, then it goes without saying that the value must not be dependent on you staying on!
The ebb and flow of nature, economic base and the passage of time are always ripe for observation. Below, take note of one walk's illustration of two towns, their edges and the spaces between.
Cultural conditions are ripe for connection to shmita, which relates to food, economic justice and personal, as well as environmental, restoration.
Climate change will not be mitigated, let alone stopped or reversed, unless all the countries of the world become serious about systemic, total, and orchestrated reorientations of their economies and societies' ways of living on the Earth.
We must respond to the urgency of drought and loss of biodiversity, and we must promote landscaping that feeds either people or wildlife. We don't have the water or the time to waste on anything else.
From an innovation perspective, one of the great things about Gen Y is that they have lowered the barrier for new ideas, products and services. And if they had a good experience, they touted in their own social groups - both online and off.
Nine months into his mayoralty, with over 300,000 climate marchers having massed in Manhattan, and a U.N. climate meeting set to start, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided the time is right to renew the city's sustainability effort.
Why should city planning matter to people who aren't urban designer types? How can you make the case as briefly and simply as possible?
Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the U.S. is experiencing well above normal warmer temperatures; the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, sending it into further drought.
The ocean still contains a near-infinite bounty of food. We just need to seek it out.
I've just returned from an eye-opening, mind-expanding week in Leipzig at the 4th Annual global Degrowth congress. This vibrant gathering brought together over 3,000, mostly young, 'prosumer' activists and practitioners from a variety of new economy movements.