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Vandana Shiva: Hope’s Hero

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | May 3rd, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: activism, activist, brain plasticity, change, corporate greed, Deepak Chopra, ecologist, environmentalist, farmer suicides in India, hero, HOPE, India, James Hanson, optimism, optimistic, organic cotton farmer, physicist, quantum physics, science, seed banks, seed patents, Tar Sands, Vandana Shiva

Vandana ShivaVandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, and activist. Despite her deep awareness of the world’s environmental and social justice crises, she is filled with hope.

Hope, in this age of cynicism masquerading as science, is a scarce resource. We often treat it poorly — as if hope is the hallmark of New Age lunatics or wide-eyed children. As if it’s naïve. Passive. A longing … without any intention of rolling up its sleeves.

It’s particularly tough to be an optimistic environmentalist with such a steady accumulation of bad news: birds dropping from the sky from starvation because wetlands that served as avian drive-thrus during migration have been replaced with houses; renowned climate scientist James Hanson’s prediction of “game over” if the Tar Sands are developed; oil spills; nuclear meltdowns …

Shiva knows all this. Yet she’s hopeful.

With a world increasingly under environmental threat and corporations and lobbyists that peddle misinformation, hope isn’t a luxury. It’s all we have.

These Feet Were Made for Walking

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 30th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living, Personal Growth | tags: activism, childhood, exercise, experience, feet, packing light, running away from home, the open road, travel, vacation, walking, WeekendWalk.com

A woman's feet walking on grass

My feet have served me well.

Although I wasn’t an early walker, I have always been an enthusiastic one. Family lore has it that I was tied like a dog to a stake in the backyard because I was such a dedicated wanderer. Living close to a river meant that my trailblazing could lead me to trouble, so my mother kept me tethered. I maintain that she could have simply kept an eye on me but, it being the ’60s and all, perhaps that would have cut into her cigarettes and activism.

10 Ways to Change the World Through Social Media

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | May 12th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Giving Back | tags: activism, donating, government, social-media, volunteering

Citizen journalism, open government, status updates, community building, information sharing, crowdsourcing, and the election of a President.

A guest post from Max Gladwell

Give Your Favorite Charity A Free Donation With Razoo

Joe Rogel by Joe Rogel | December 22nd, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Giving Back | tags: activism, charity, donations, giving, holidays, philanthropy, razoo

‘Tis the giving season, and just in time for the holidays, we have 25 great gifts for you, and they’re free! However, they’re not just any ordinary gifts — we’re presenting the opportunity to do something special this year by offering the gift of giving to you.

GreenFest: What Gives You Hope?

E.B. Boyd by E.B. Boyd | November 19th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: activism, energy conservation, environmentalism, global-warming, green festival, social justice

Spend any time reading environmental news, and you could get pretty depressed. But we know there has to be reason for hope out there. So we decided to ask some of the smart people who came to the San Francisco Green Festival to tell us what makes them optimistic about the future.