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Suggestions for readings to enrich your summer, from the Center for Ecoliteracy staff.

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Summer Reading SuggestionsOn the lookout for mental and spiritual nourishment this summer? Center for Ecoliteracy staff members suggest a dozen books that are informing and inspiring us. We invite you to share your recommendations below.The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society, by Frans de Waal (2010: Three Rivers Press)Dr. de Waal challenges the portrayal of nonhuman animals as simple-minded, unemotional...more >
richard heinberg - 300 years of fossil fuels

Post Carbon Institute's video condenses humankind's affair with fossil fuels down to five animated minutes.

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300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 SecondsThe Post Carbon Institute (PCI) condenses the story of our dependence on the remnants of ancient sunlight to five minutes in "300 Years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds." "Now that we're reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies," says PCI, "we're in for an exciting ride. While there's a real risk that we'll fall off a cliff, there's still time to control our transition to a...more >
karen brown- help is just around the corner

This Arbor Day, you can plant a tree. Or just help one out.

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Help Is Just around the CornerPhotos: Alan GeorgeThis Arbor Day (April 29) you can make a leafy difference without even planting a tree. It's all part of a growing movement that helps turn citizens into well-trained stewards of their urban forests. (And in case you're not sure whether city trees deserve special attention, just browse through these photos of trees taken around San Francisco.)Recently, New York City has...more >
karen brown - how much food will a dollar buy?

Schools have about a dollar to spend on the food in each lunch. What will that buy?

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How Much Food Will a Dollar Buy?Ten organic blueberries? A foot-high stack of ramen? A necklace made from candy? How much food will a dollar buy and how much of it is healthy? How much of it should even be considered food? Those are some of the questions photographer Jonathan Blaustein explores in his project, "The Value of a Dollar." When you consider that the USDA estimates that schools have about a dollar available to...more >
lisa bennett - Wendell Berry Joins Anti-Mountaintop Removal Sit-In

"I don’t know if it will work or not," Berry said. "The question is, 'Is it right?'"

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Wendell Berry Joins Anti-Mountaintop Removal Sit-In Wendell Berry, Kentucky's most famous author and one of America's most respected essayists, was among fourteen protestors who spent the weekend of February 11–14, 2011 in the state governor's office to demand an end to mountaintop removal coal mining.After decades of opposition to the blasting of mountaintops and pollution of water in the eastern part of this state, Berry and others said that...more >
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