Category Archives: Green Living

School Days in 2040: Rima’s Day at École Gardiens de la Forêt (Montreal, Canada)

Education in 2040What might education look like in 2040 if it were to be truly Earth-centric? That is to say, teaching a deep connection to—and obligation to care for—the planet that sustains us? Over the course of the summer, as I work on the upcoming State … Continue Reading ››

Plastic Straws: A Life Cycle

They come in crazy, bendy, and color-changing varieties. And, while many people use them daily, their 20 minutes of convenience have major hidden consequences. I’m talking about drinking straws.

History of Straws

Humans have been using “drinking tubes” for over 7,000 years. Mesopotamians used straws made of reeds or gold to filter beer, and … Continue Reading ››

Raising a Future Ecowarrior

A few months back I wrote a reflection on raising an ecowarrior thus far (my son is almost 3 now) for Adbusters and I thought I’d repost here, as it grapples directly with the underlying question of “Is Sustainability Still Possible?’ and if not, how should we raise our children?

“It’s … Continue Reading ››

Futureproofing America with a Yardfarming Revolution

Erik Assadourian, co-director of State of the World 2013 and creator of the reality TV show Yardfarmers sat down with Cullen Pope, editor of EATT Magazine, a few weeks back for an interview. We wanted to repost the interview here as Erik offers some insights into his strategy to get us to a more … Continue Reading ››

You, Me, and the Sea: Our Life with Coral Reefs

Picture, if you will, a clear blue sea. You’re going snorkeling along a coral reef. This is biodiversity on over-drive: Every square centimeter is covered with hundreds of little creatures. You see millions upon millions of tentacle-rimmed mouths—each feeding a tiny individual coral polyp—guarded savagely by resident crabs, fish, and shrimp. Right next door, a myriad … Continue Reading ››

10 Reasons to Take the Bike Challenge Today

May is bike month! Pick up a bike and ride your way to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Take the #Bikechallenge2015 by substituting your car commute by a bike ride (and share your photos on our brand new Instagram account at @worldwatchinstitute with the hashtag #bikechallenge2015). With all of the benefits of biking, it’s no … Continue Reading ››

7 Easy Earth Day Tricks for Every Day

While April 22 is a wonderful celebration of our planet, we at Worldwatch believe that every day should be Earth Day. Adopt these easy changes and encourage others to join you in moving society toward a better balance with the natural world.

1. Green your home.

clothes-line-229923_640 Set your thermostat … Continue Reading ››

Fermenting Change

The ancient culinary craft of fermentation is bubbling up once again. Revived in workshops and community kitchens, fermentation has become one of the many “reskilling” projects taking place in grassroots cultures from Europe to the United States in response to economic and environmental drivers.