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Co-Creating a Better World

Tim McDonald | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

I attended my first SXSWeco, a gathering of a global community to explore, engage and co-create solutions for a sustainable world, this year. As I think back on the experience, it was a mix of unexpected events and people, which provided me with several takeaways that can teach us all some important lessons.

De-tusking Mountain Bull

M. Sanjayan | Posted 02.03.2013 | Green
M. Sanjayan

Rangers were attempting a risky and controversial operation on the bull elephant. The plan: to saw off about a third of its tusks in an effort to make the animal less attractive to poachers -- but also to keep him from breaking fences and leaving the protected areas.

Where Does Your Water Come From? (Hint: Nature)

M. Sanjayan | Posted 12.12.2012 | Green
M. Sanjayan

The Nature Conservancy just released a study that identifies drinking water sources for 493 cities across the globe, including the 27 most populated U.S. cities. The interactive web tool also reveals how these sources are being used, as well as their protection status.

This Earth Day, Appreciate the Value of Small Actions

M. Sanjayan | Posted 06.20.2012 | Green
M. Sanjayan

Large-scale action, like legislation, corporate practices and government investment, are critical to designing a different future. But over time, small personal actions can also evolve into cultural consciousness shifts.

A Letter to #7,000,000,000

M. Sanjayan | Posted 12.31.2011 | Green
M. Sanjayan

Planet Earth is the only home we have ever known, and it's likely to remain that way for a very, very long time. It's an inaccessible universe and we, your ancestors, have poked some big holes in this shared life raft. It's deflating fast!

The Kids Are All Right

M. Sanjayan | Posted 11.16.2011 | Green
M. Sanjayan

Given that most East Coasters live just a couple of hours' drive from great national parks and the Atlantic coast, this paucity of nature in our children's lives is hard to understand and harder still to accept.

Thelon Expedition: The Country

M. Sanjayan | Posted 10.08.2011 | Green
M. Sanjayan

The only constant is the river, the only direction is down. Without this compass, each vista looks alike, and I am adrift in a featureless terrain. Now, on our eighth day out, it is as if I am seeing the barren lands for the first time.

Thelon Expedition: Mosquitoes Rule the Tundra

M. Sanjayan | Posted 10.02.2011 | Green
M. Sanjayan

There are two constants on the Thelon Expedition: paddling six to eight hours each day, and the biting bugs. Black flies and mosquitoes are everywhere.

What Oceans Provide

M. Sanjayan | Posted 08.07.2011 | Green
M. Sanjayan

Though we have feet not fins, we are more dependent on the oceans than you may imagine. On World Oceans Day it pays to reflect on all that our seas provide and how we can repay the many favors.

This Reef May Save Your Life

M. Sanjayan | Posted 07.24.2011 | Green
M. Sanjayan

In an era of spiraling health care costs, nature's most promising pharmacy is the only thing that is still free. We ought to take better care of it.

Why Summit Is on Top

M. Sanjayan | Posted 07.04.2011 | Green
M. Sanjayan

Recently I did something I had never done before: I got on a cruise. But not just any cruise. This was a three-day sail into Bahamian waters hosted by...