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Why Protecting the Environment 'For Future Generations' Is a Bad Idea

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 05.12.2014 | Green
Jamie Bechtel

Future generations matter. Long-term sustainability matters. But we will not win the long game if we do not recognize that protecting the lives of children today matters more. It makes us better people. It makes us better environmentalists.

The Legacy of Wangari Maathai: Women as Green Agents of Change

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 12.16.2012 | Green
Jamie Bechtel

The unexpected impact of Dr. Wangari Maathai's work was to show that the solutions to our many societal and planetary ills often rests with those who bear the greatest burden.

Will Orangutans Become Extinct Before the Conservation Community Gets Its Game on?

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 01.09.2012 | Green
Jamie Bechtel

Visiting orangutans in the wilds tops my bucket list and it is clear I am running out of time. Nearly 700 orangutans were just slaughtered by local villagers in Kalimantan, the Indonesian portion of Borneo.

Look out! Here Comes The Mom Bandwagon

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 07.03.2011 | Impact
Jamie Bechtel

If the difference you want to make is to improve the lives of women and the communities they support, then make sure you are getting the real deal.

What Does Rape Have To Do With Trees?

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jamie Bechtel

What does rape have to do with trees? What does HIV have to do with fish? Blindness with water? Everything. Especially if you are a woman in the developing world and you are trying to feed your family.

Let's Try Something New: Engage Women, Drive Change

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jamie Bechtel

If we want to successfully protect our incredibly valuable and important natural resources, the inclusion of women is non-negotiable. If we want to drive change, we must engage women.

The Walk For Water - It's a Girl Thing

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jamie Bechtel

Water gathering is primarily the task of women and girls worldwide. The risks that women and girls encounter to obtain this valuable resource are great.

First Thing's First, Make the World a Better Place

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jamie Bechtel

Life is filled with wonderful, uber-satisfying firsts. What are some memorable firsts? First kiss, learning to ride a bike. But what about a first that has a real positive impact on the world?