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Sustainability

Sustainable living is the key. Whether it’s green building, green remodeling, green design, green living, or population growth – it’s all about changing our attitudes and priorities. The impact of pollution, climate change due to human activity and the need for sustainability versus using up the earth’s resources is on the minds of thinking people everywhere!  We publish information in this section about combating pollution, improving our local and regional environment, finding steps to take to gain political ears about what we would like to see happen to protect and improve our great region.
Western North Carolina Green Building Council      Riverlink Asheville    Worldwatch Institute     Women’s Voices for the Earth     Environmental Working Group     Asheville GreenWorks     Mountain True – Protecting the Places We Share Worldwatch Institute

Watch video recordings of CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY: 2020 Virtual Conference: A Community Stronger Than COVID

Join the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Asheville Chapter

Asheville, North Carolina
We meet every 3rd Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm at Asheville School. See more info on this event with directions and parking info as well as other events on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ashevilleccl


THIS IS WATER MANAGEMENT: St. Joseph Sisters create massive rain garden in New Orleans

On a beautiful June day in 2006, St. Joseph Sr. Joan Laplace was driving back to New Orleans after visiting the Gulf Coast with some sisters when her phone rang. It was from a sister in Cincinnati, asking how far Laplace was from Mirabeau, the New Orleans provincial house of  the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

“There’s been a fire,” the sister on the phone said. “How soon can you get there?” Laplace arrived to find the campus filled with firefighters and equipment. A helicopter ferried loads of water from the nearby Bayou St. John.  CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


THE FRUITS OF ANGER – Climate, ecosystems and economy

By Brian Wong and edited by Sam Dresser in Psyche

You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!
– Greta Thunberg, 23 September 2019, New York


SUSTAINABILITY IN SPORT: How Governing Bodies Are Making Their Sports Greener

Across the sporting spectrum, governing bodies are now making a conscious effort to make their sports more eco-friendly. They are seeking to establish green standards among sports clubs, they are using the massive platform of sport to spread the message about sustainability, and they are working alongside technology providers to ensure that sports events no longer damage the environment.


Women Trainers Lead the Way in Sustainable Agriculture

Development experts believe gender equity will be critical to global food security in the coming decades, as the world’s farmers struggle to produce food for a rapidly growing population on a shrinking area of arable land. In Latin America, one in five farmworkers is a woman, and in East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, half of all agricultural laborers are women. Yet despite being just as skilled as their male counterparts, women in developing countries have less access to resources (such as credit), and therefore lower crop yields.


THE BIRDS OF THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER PARK

Fall, 2011

Nature guru Worth McAlister and expert birder Bob Wilson embarked on early morning journeys into the exciting world of avian friends, along with about a dozen local nature enthusiasts. Armed with binoculars and field guides, the groups headed out from French Broad River Park to see how many bird species could be encountered, in just a few hours’ time, along the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay. The crews were amazed and thrilled with what they found.


USE OUR MAP to Support Local Sustainable Farmers Near You and Madison BioBlitz!

Protect Our Rivers By Supporting Sustainable Farms

Many small farms in our mountain region have lost business due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, large-scale meat operations in North Carolina are one of the leading contributors to water pollution in the state. Buying from sustainable local farms now is a way to not only feed your family but to protect our environment.

We’ve compiled a map of farms in our region that feed us while using practices that support healthy rivers, lakes and streams. Check out the map to find sustainable farms in your local watershed, and sign the pledge to support sustainable farms here.


A MATTER OF SPIRIT: International Peace & Justice Center

A Matter of Spirit (AMOS) is the quarterly justice journal of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center with analysis, theological reflection and action on justice issues. Our Governing Council selects four topics for the year, which are then given to our Editorial Board to determine articles and writers.


THESE 8 AMBITIOUS ECOLOGICAL PROJECTS are Helping to Heal the World

By Brandon Wiggins in Global Citizen

Thriving ecosystems can better support marine and animal life, provide local jobs and food, and reduce carbon emissions. The United Nations considers life on land and life below water to be two of its Global Goals for Sustainable Development. You can join us in taking action on this and related issues here.


OVERLANDING – 17 Things to do to Reduce Your Impact on the Environment

Sustainable travel is a very important issue these days so we’ve covered this subject from an overlanding perspective. Overlanders usually use large vehicles, with either gas or diesel engines with low mpg’s.

While using hybrids or even electric vehicles for overlanding is still in the distant future (and those type of vehicles may not even be desired by the overlanding community), there are still several things that overlanders can do to decrease their impact on the environment. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


FEATURED WORK: Environmentalism as a Feminist Issue – Reprise from 2009

Author’s Statement: My name is Jamila Stevenson and I am a sophomore at Warren Wilson College where I am studying Gender and Women’s Studies (GDS) and Environmental Studies (ENS) with a concentration in environmental education. Environmental studies and gender and women studies don’t often intersect, so when I first heard the term “ecofeminism” in an environmental documentary class, I was very excited. When I took my first GDS class, which was an introduction to gender and women’s studies, I decided to write a paper on ecofeminism so I could learn more about it. Jamila Stevenson is a student at Warren Wilson College in the Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies program with Laura Vance, Ph.D, May, 2009.


FIND YOUR HOPE for the planet’s sake.

With all the problems facing the world right now, it’s easy to get discouraged. It’s natural to feel a sense of despair, or to think there’s nothing you can do.

If this sounds familiar to you, you may need a little pep talk from the Rainforest Alliance‘s own Jungwon Kim. Watch her recent talk to understand why engaging and acting with love and hope is essential—and how it can be the antidote to despair.


How Technology is Making the Travel Experience More Sustainable

TravelTech is changing the way that we explore the world around us. As the goal of frictionless and sustainable travel gets closer to realization, travel companies are using revolutionary ways to ensure that travelers get to where they want to be with as few barriers as possible. From mobile phones that let you check into hotels to biometrics at airports, easier and more seamless travel is becoming an increasingly achievable goal.


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