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A look inside the District 65 Green Team and the Community of Conservation

Successful conservation begins at the local level - and doing so is often easy. Today, Marleigh Thorn kicks off her new column My Sustainable Neighborhood by taking a look inside the Evanston School District 65’s Green Team and its efforts to create healthier and environmentally sustainable school communities. Read more here.


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The Womyn of Earth

What is the relationship between women and the natural world? Is there a connection between the exploitation and degradation of the environment and the subordination and oppression of women? In her fascinating article, Emma Belanger explores the intersections between gender and ecology, and what it means to be a female environmentalist today.

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New UN Treaty in the Works to Protect the World’s Waters

The health of the world’s oceans is deteriorating quickly, but the task of governing and protecting this common resource from exploitation is a formidable one. Casey Beidelman’s debut article gives an informative and succinct summary of the policies that the UN is planning to implement to tackle these issues.

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Pacifica

Do you always consider the impact of your purchasing decisions? What are you supporting when you shop? While many of us would like to make more informed decisions when it comes to the products we buy, we often don’t know where to start. To learn more about how you can become a more ethical consumer, check out Margo Milanowski’s new column, Clean Cosmetics Corner.

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Pakistan is Planting its Way to A Greener Future

We’re only one week away from Arbor Day, a once-in-a-year opportunity to plant trees and celebrate the arrival of Spring for many of us. However, for many Pakistanis, tree planting is carried out year-round as part of an ambitious national campaign to plant 1 billion trees in 5 years and reduce the nation’s high vulnerability to the effects of climate change. Learn more in Ginny Ip’s article.

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The End of the World in Numerical Terms: a +2°C climate scenario in the year 2100

What will the year 2100 look like if the Earth gets 2°C warmer, according to current predictions? In her debut piece, Madison Fielder paints a harrowing picture of an immediate future that will be our reality only if leaders take action now.

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ION Goes to Sweet Saturday

How do cacao pods become the smooth and sweet chocolate that we adore? What the heck is molasses? If agave is a succulent, why does it produce agave nectar? We’re pretty far removed from the plants that our food comes from today, especially in Chicago in winter. A couple weekends ago, ION members trekked to Garfield Conservatory to rekindle their understanding of the process from plants to food. Read more in Carlyn’s article.

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The Secrets of Fast Fashion, Revealed

Fast fashion can be defined as cheap, trendy clothing that are discarded almost as quickly as they are created. It’s harmful to our wallets, well-being and most importantly, the environment. How can we make this phenomenon more widely known to the public? In her debut article, Margo Milanowski proposes a simple solution: infographics.

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Cataract

“The encyclopedia Britannica/ Defines a cataract as containing large volumes of water/ Rushing over a precipice/ If something so characterized/ By transition can be said/ To contain anything.” Emily Jahn’s latest edition of Atmosphere gets deep into the meaning of ‘cataract’, including a beautiful and flowing description of the medical condition that might even rival the flow of one of these waterfalls. Read more here.

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