Respect for nature, where does it start? Teachers, scholars, and advocates of sustainable lifestyles from all levels of education, are emphatic that respect for nature starts in childhood. They say knowledge, based in healthy respect for Nature and ecosystems, is key to cultural transitions to a cleaner, more just and sustainable future. Many believe outdoor education provides our youth with a deeper environmental ethic that can be a strong antidote to status-quo climate-changing behaviors. Wanna hear more? Please listen to the audio report.
Chances are, most of us don’t know just how much power our appliances, electronics and other devices are consuming when they’re turned off. This hidden hum of wasted energy is known as ‘phantom load.’ The Department of Energy estimates that the proliferation of devices with stand-by power gobbles up some 40% of the energy consumed by home electronics. This wasted power equals the annual output of 17 power plants or about six per cent of America’s total residential electricity consumption. Join us to find out how to detect and eliminate phantom electrical loads.
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With exponentially rising population and demand for durable goods, Gunter Pauli’s breakthrough book, The Blue Economy, explains why and how we can reinvent business models to operate with the ‘pervasive logic and sensitivity of ecosystems.’ In the natural world, nutrients and energy are abundant, efficiency grows as a system improves itself and it responds to the needs of all involved, with no waste. Have a listen to find out how businesses operated like ecosystems make more money, provide more jobs and better products, all with no environmental degradation or waste.
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In most cases, corporate by-laws include a mandate requiring businesses of all types to maximize profit but boardrooms also have the choice between socially and environmentally responsible investments and the status quo. As an alternative to most current but unsustainable practices, professionals say that green investing does offer consumers a means to vote for change. Tune in to find out how this is a chance for people to support the kind of world they believe in.
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Jan Bryan, Certified Financial Planner, Sustainability activist
Paul Lemon, CPA, Financial Planner
Ten Weeks to Financial Awakening
The classic definition of ‘holism’ or ‘holistic’ refers to the relationship between the parts and the whole, where each part contains the whole, and yet the sum of the parts forms a greater integrated system. Tune in to find out why holistic living includes making healthy, sustainable choices that affect the natural world in a more positive manner.
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