Category Archives: Is Sustainability Still Possible?

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 ››

Art That Walks in the World

Two California artists are creating public sculptures that heal damaged ecosystems and eventually disappear back into nature.
Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien have received plenty of accolades for their public sculptures over the years. But the review they like best? The turtle scat that they discovered each morning along one section of their work. “The animals … Continue Reading ››

An Oasis in the Food Desert

Arcadia Mobile Market tackles food insecurity in Washington, D.C., by driving the grocery store around. Is food security just a school bus away?
Four years ago, D.C. Restaurateur of the Year and co-owner of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group Michael Babin solved a problem that had plagued him for quite a while: the sourcing of local and … Continue Reading ››

A Step Towards Transformation

This story was produced in partnership with FUTUREPERFECT. In Reading, the United States’ second poorest city, the residents’ group Permacultivate is practicing and preaching local food production. As you enter the 2,500-foot greenhouse, you immediately notice the large 300-gallon plastic tanks to the left. A few steps closer, you can see the tilapia … 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.

Escaping Fido’s Cave

Babies and puppies. Everybody seems to love them—perhaps it’s instinctual, perhaps it’s socialization. Probably the latter, for in Washington, DC, where I live, far more people stop to make goo-goo noises at puppies than at babies. And in some cultures, dogs are meat sources, not sources of affection.

Net Gain: Fighting Ocean Pollution

This story was written by Nancy Averett and produced by FUTUREPERFECT. Ben Kneppers paused as he strolled around a music festival in Santiago, Chile. In front of him was a booth where local kids could repair damaged skateboards, making them ride-able again rather than throwing them away. Kneppers, an environmental consultant originally from … Continue Reading ››

Learning from Icarus

What if Icarus’ father—knowing his son would fly too close to the sun—had made the wings he designed more resilient? What if he had used bone and string and not just wax to bind them? Would this ancient myth have turned out any differently? Probably not. Icarus would have simply flown closer to the … Continue Reading ››