G20 Gender Equality News

The Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) was at the G20 meeting this month and sends us a lot of good news from around the world.

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Women cover themselves as they make their way through the banks of the river Ganges during a dust storm in Allahabad, India, June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

“All G20 countries have committed to promote gender equality through adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Meaningful climate action needs to tackle gender inequality and contribute to promoting, respecting and fulfilling all human rights. Women must play a critical role in addressing climate change, and barriers to unequal engagement and opportunities be overcome, through collaborative efforts of men and women.” CARE International on G20 and Climate Resilience

In many countries, there tends to be a disparity between sexes: women’s roles are often carers and providers of food and water, and they have a lack of access to resources and decision-making power, making them particularly at risk. In both the U.N. Development Program Gender Equality Index and the World Economic Forum Gender Gap Index, there are no G20 countries among the top five most gender equal.

With regard to the countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions – which outline each country’s contribution to the Paris Agreement – only Mexico devotes a specific section on gender and climate change, with Brazil, India and Indonesia at least mentioning gender. The other G20 countries fail to address gender in their National Data Collections. Thus, there is definitely more work ahead.

G20 gender equality news from WEDOWEDO is a global advocacy organization established in 1991 by former U.S. Congresswoman Bella Abzug (1920-1998) and feminist activist and journalist Mim Kelber (1922-2004). It grew out of an extraordinary group of women, including Bella and Gloria Steinem, who started Women USA in 1979, and became the organization it is today through the vision of WEDO pioneers, Wangari Maathai, Vandana Shiva, Thais Corral, and many others. In 2011, WEDO celebrated its official 20th anniversary!

G20 gender equality news from WEDODon’t Believe in Climate Change? Take a Trip to Vanuatu – This series of photos shows you how climate change is impacting many in the South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, and why women, who are closer to the affects of climate change should participate in developing solutions for their community to cope with climate change.

With a Touch of Paint, Women Slum Dwellers Battle Extreme Heat – India’s women slum dwellers  used  to suffer from summer heat. Now with a program that paints slum dwellers’ roofs with reflective white paint and trains women with other techniques that reduce reliance on firewood, women slum dwellers are equipped with the knowledge to cope with climate change and its impacts.

G20 gender equality news from WEDOSolar Energy Powers Clean Water, Business Opportunities for Refugees – Practical and affordablez solar energy is being deployed on a growing scale to provide essential services for refugee camps in Africa and the Middle East.

Namibia: Rural Women Want Better Govt Service – Lack of access to potable water and proper healthcare are just two of the major issues rural women face in Namibia. At this year’s session of the fifth rural women’s parliament with men held under the theme ‘Parliament gives a voice to rural women and men on the Sustainable Development Goals’, the report demands more government support for rural women is sent to the National Council.

G20 gender equality news from WEDOEducation, a Building Block for Sustainable Peace  – Two-thirds of all illiterate adults in the world are women, and more than 260 million children and young people are out of school. Access to education often has a trickle-down effect, helping boost food, health, economic  security, and gender equality, all of which are also essential Sustainable Development Goals.

Indigenous Knowledge Crucial to Tackling Climate Change – Traditional skills and knowledge should be seen as a complement, not a barrier, to scientific knowledge and climate adaptation efforts.

G20 gender equality news from WEDOAll-Girls Teen Engineering Team Creates a Solar-powered Tent for Homeless People – Wonderful news! An all-girls science club from San Fernando Senior High School near Los Angeles has designed a solar-powered tent meant to help homeless and displaced people to have temporary proper shelters.

How Solar Energy Has Empowered Communities in Rural Assam – The advent of solar energy in three villages has had a transformative impact on primary healthcare and other daily activities of rural Assamese communities.

G20 gender equality news from WEDO

Shahida Khatun at the solar-powered primary health centre in Birsing char in Assam. Credit: PARI/Ratna Bharali Talukdar

Women and girls from every region of the world
are creating a mass movement for climate justice.

The Women’s Global Call for Climate Justice is a global campaign organized collectively by a group of regionally diverse women’s rights and feminist organizations brought together by the urgent need for just action on climate change.

G20 gender equality news from WEDO

Launched on July 14th 2015, the campaign aims to encourage actions from women’s groups, feminist initiatives and allied organizations in all regions, countries, cities and communities around the world as well as coordinated actions. WEDO has played a central role in organizing and facilitating the campaign as both a partner organization and member of the coordinating committee.

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Earth Day Eco-Feminism & Resources

Well, we certainly need Feminism on this Earth Day 2017! Eco-Feminists have long made the connection between the oppression of women and earth’s degradation and resource exploitation. Earth Day Eco-Feminism is an important and essential part of the Climate Change Solution. As we say at Green Woman Store:

“Green Women make informed choices and negotiate outcomes that balance biodiversity, conservation, and human development needs” 

earth Day eco-Feminism Chipko Women in India saving their trees from logging. “Chipko” means “to hug.”

Chipko Women in India saving their trees from logging. “Chipko” means “to hug.” Eco-Feminists Extraordinaire!

 

Earth Day April 22, 2017 Individual Actions:

 

Earth Day Eco-Feminism

Feminism Telesummit with Dr.Asoka Bandarage - Women, Sustainability and Climate ChangeWe interviewed Asoka for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to that interview here. This is what Asoka said about Earth Day Feminism:

“Women are responding to climate change not only as mothers and nurturers, but also as economic producers. It is important to actively and consciously keep women’s relational perspectives alive, we bring a more qualitative, humanist, and ecological approach. Women are taking leadership roles in many grassroots, regional, national and international initiatives.”

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Many peoples of the world see terrorism and the “war on terror” as a global struggle between extremist forms of Islam and Christianity. Women are targeted, victimized, and used as fighters. Religious extremism should not take center stage.

Indigenous Peoples have been at the forefront of bringing ecological consciousness and our connection to nature into the climate conversation, and they need to be supported. Bolivian and Peruvian Indigenous Women’s Groups say:

“Change the System, Not the Climate.” You can’t talk about climate policies without looking at the economic system.”

earth day eco-feminismPoor women are especially effected by natural disasters due to poverty and the lack of infrastructure and resources to respond to crises. Cultural norms, clothing restrictions, and traditions victimize women who are not able to relocate as easily as men.

  • Most of the world’s farmers are women but we don’t necessarily own the land.
  • Health issues in other countries are related to pesticides manufactured and banned in the U.S.
  • Climate Change has different effects on different populations, especially women and coastal and island nations.
  • Land based people have a greater eco-consciousness but are losing it to technology.
  • Proselytizing among vulnerable communities is controversial and raises moral and ethical issues.
  • There’s a lot of greenwashing by corporations. Women’s groups keep the real issues in the forefront.
  • Communities and countries should become self sufficient and not have to depend on external aid.
  • 1/3 of the world’s population do not have access to clean water.
  • The Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins, funded by David Koch, downplays the dangers and global impact of human activity and fossil fuel extraction on climate change.

There are enough resources for everyone. We need a global ethic that connects us to each other. We have to pull together to address these issues for planetary survival.

Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Women, Sustainability and Climate Change

Here’s a little bit more about Asoka, one of our global woman warriors for the earth:
Lean Into Green with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the EconomyDr. Bandarage is an Author, Researcher, and Policy Analyst. She has most recently authored “Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.” Asoka believes that social science and universal ethics – combined – give us perspective, deep and comprehensive enough, to bring about the partnership of humanity necessary to solve the climate crisis and broader challenges of human and planetary survival.

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comAsoka’s areas of interest include: women and gender studies, multiculturalism, peace and security, South Asia, Sri Lanka, population and ecology.

Dr. Ashoka Bandarage has devoted her scholarly career to environmental sustainability, and studying and teaching how social science can advance human well-being. Dr. Bandarage has taught at Yale, Brandeis, Georgetown, American, Mount Holyoke where she received tenure, and other universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

As we say at GreenWomanStore.com: “Increasing market access for women promotes sustainability, for when the resources return to the women, everyone benefits.” So, shop woman-made and support female owned businesses on Earth Day and every day!

 

Women Rising for the World – We’ve Only Just Begun!

Eleanor Roosevelt Statue wearing her PussyHat

Eleanor Roosevelt Statue wearing her PussyHat

We have great reason to be proud! The Women’s March on Washington DC was in deed the largest march in U.S. and world history. Sixty nations participated in this march, and five to six million world citizens came out to speak truth to power. Herstory was made on that day, January 21, 2017. It is the beginning when we begin again what has been a 5,000 year old effort by women to bring peace and justice to our world.

Women Rising around the world as leaders to resist climate ignorance and the oppression of women and citizens by nation states globally. What a wonderful display of human integrity and strength.

“Any issue which affects women globally,” says Kenyan entrepreneur Ritah Mutheu, “affects women everywhere.” But, she says, “We want to also tell the government, to impart a message that anytime a politician decides a policy that violates women or human rights, women will not take it. We will rise up and fight against it.”

Lima, Peru: Focusing on the 2016 U.S. presidential election with a strategy to open “the Pandora’s box of hatred.” This is not a rally about Peru, though Lima saw a massive outpouring of women rallying for their rights this past August, at a protest that drew thousands and clogged the streets of Peru’s capital.

Nairobi, Kenya: Focusing on issues specific to Kenya. The official Facebook page for the march lays out their platform: the importance of the women’s vote, demand reproductive rights, women’s land and inheritance rights, to end sexual harassment and assault, female genital mutilation, and the trafficking of women and children; and to end discrimination against LGBTQ people, sex workers, disabled women, HIV positive women, refugee women, women in the informal sector and other marginalized groups, and the difficulties women have, in Kenya, prosecuting rapists.

Prague, Czech Republic: That the women’s march in Prague was non-partisan, non-violent, and inclusive of all, and held in historic Wenceslas Square , a historic space of opposition and peaceful resistance from the student demonstrations against the Nazis bringing in co-sponsors from all sorts of different activist groups: women’s rights groups, Greenpeace and Amnesty International, the Czech Writers Association, groups advocating for the rights of Roma, and pro-LGBTQ groups.

Tbilisi, Georgia: Focused on the rights of women in Georgia itself. This is not the first time Tbilisi has had protests against issues of a “patriarchal society,” domestic violence, securing equal pay for equal work, and political representation. This rally was also an expression that Georgia is part of the global community and that people there support women’s rights and human rights and fundamental rights around the globe.

Tel Aviv, Israel: Took place outside the US embassy in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening. A second event, organized by Democrats Abroad, took place in the Mediterranean port city of Jaffa and was nonpolitical and nonpartisan, not taking on local issues but delving into the Israeli-American relationship. What was troubling to a lot of people during the election was the rise of white supremacy and racism and anti-Semitism.

Full article here. See an estimated total of crowd numbers here. 

10 ACTIONS / 100 DAYS

We all know this is just the beginning of a worldwide effort if we are to change the lives of women, men and children and to save this beautiful planet we call home. It doesn’t end with this amazing Women’s March on Washington DC January 21. Now is not the time to hang up our marching shoes and put our pink pussyhats into the closet. It is the time to get our friends, family and community together and continue making Herstory!

Write a postcard to your Senators about what matters most to you and how you’re going to continue to fight for it in the days, weeks and months ahead. Get printable postcards here.

Next: Sister Giant Conference, February 2-4, 2017

History is repeating itself before our very eyes. These same corporate elite tactics were used in Germany and preceded a time in human Evolution when individual heroes stood up to help those different from themselves. Now, we must do the same and make coalitions, support organizations on the front lines, educate ourselves by listening to and supporting alternative news sources, boycotting the companies doing harm to our families and our planet. We have a lot of work to do and we are up to the task. Together, with women leading the way, we will all rise to meet the challenges of our time. I see it happening daily at home and around the world. Widen your scope of news to include global events and your spirit will never be squashed. Believe in our strength to overcome:) All shall bee well, All shall bee well, All manner of thing shall be well, Genny

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Greenpeace activists, one woman was 60 years old, raised a 300′ RESIST banner over te Whitehouse.

 

Feminist Scholars on the U.S. Presidency

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Just so we all know we are not acting alone in our coming efforts to maintain a peaceful world and functioning democracy, you will be strengthened by reading this all-encompassing public statement by scholarly women of grit:

Summary of Statement:

  • We must protect the right to protest and dissent.
  • We must insist that the media be allowed to do its job.
  • We must reject compromise.
  • Our number 1 priority is to Resist.
  • We must denounce militarization at home & abroad.
  • We must resist climate change denial.
  • We must resist autocracy.
  • We must push ourselves into more precise, radical analytical frameworks.
  • We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days.

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, a sizeable minority of the U.S. electorate chose to send billionaire Donald Trump, an avowed sexist and an unrepentant racist, who has spent nearly forty years antagonizing vulnerable people, to the White House. Spewing hatred at women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and those with disabilities is Trump’s most consistent, and well-documented form of public engagement. Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women because, as he quipped, his celebrity made it easy for him to do so. We can only assume that the hostile climate and anxiety about what is to come were contributing factors. The political shift we are witnessing, including the appointment of open bigots to the president-elect’s cabinet, reaffirms the structural disposability and systemic disregard for every person who is not white, male, straight, cisgender, able-bodied, and middle or upper class.As a community of feminist scholars, activists and artists, we affirm that the time to act is now. We cannot endure four years of a Trump presidency without a plan. We must protect reproductive justice, fight for Black lives, defend the rights of LGBTQIA people, disrupt the displacement of indigenous people and the stealing of their resources, advocate and provide safe havens for the undocumented, stridently reject Islamophobia, and oppose the acceleration of neoliberal policies that divert resources to the top 1% and abandon those at the bottom of the economic hierarchy. We must also denounce militarization at home and abroad, and climate change denial that threatens to destroy the entire planet.

We must also reject calls to compromise, to understand, or to collaborate. We cannot and will not comply. Our number one priority is to resist. We must resist the instantiation of autocracy. We must resist this perversion of democracy. We must refuse spin and challenge any narratives that seek to call this moment “democracy at work.” This is not democracy; this is the rise of a 21st century U.S. version of fascism. We must name it, so we can both confront and defeat it. The most vulnerable, both here and abroad, cannot afford for us to equivocate or remain silent. The threats posed by settler colonialism and empire around the globe have never been more real, nor has our resolve to oppose these injustices ever been stronger. Concretely, within the U.S., we oppose the building of a wall along the U.S. – Mexico border, and the establishment of a registry for Muslim residents.

We owe this moment and the communities we fight for our very best thinking, teaching, and organizing. We must find creative solutions to address the immediate needs of those who will be acutely affected within the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. We must push ourselves into new, and more precise and radical analytical frameworks that can help us to articulate the stakes of this moment.

The most important thing we can do in this moment is to make an unqualified commitment to those on the margins through our actions, insist that the media be allowed to do its job; and protect the right to protest and dissent. We recognize clearly that our silence will not protect us. Silence, in the aftermath of 11/8 is not merely a lack of words; it is a profound inertia of liberatory thought and praxis. So – what are we waiting for? We are who we are waiting for. We pledge to stand and fight, with fierce resolve, for the values and principles we believe in and the people we love.

See all the signatories here. 

 

Mourning-After Political Organizing

Peace Dove jewelryPolitical Organizing for Peace and Freedom are great antidotes to grief, depression and a threatened Democracy. There are many ways we can continue this American journey in a good direction.

First, the Election Victories:

Pramila Jayapal (WA) 1st Indian-American Women Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Kamala Harris (CA) 2nd African-American Woman & 1st Indian-American Woman Elected to the U.S. Senate.

Ilhan Omar (MN) 1st Somali-American Elected to a State Legislature.

Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) 1st Latina Elected to the U.S. Senate.

election-1Now, a few suggestions for Mourning-After Political Organizing:

1. Search Out Groups of Like-Minded Citizens: It’s always and all ways important to  be with people of like mind and heart. This is healing for each of us, and what’s good for every one of us is good for the whole, I believe this to be true.

​​​​​​​2. Monitor Congress on CSPAN. Then Call, Write & Email Legislators.  CSPAN is a TV channel with daily coverage of Senate and House of Representatives Hearings live and video taped here. You can also view Supreme Court Arguments and Business here.

3. March With Those Groups Attacked 1st — to Slow the Rise of Oppression: Pastor Martin Niemöller’s speech in 1946 about citizen responsibility and how the impact of oppression is carefully built up from the smallest, most distant group to the largest:

Ds. Martin Niemöller neemt deel aan oecumenische samenkomst in de Grote Kert te Den Haag. Vlnr [Vrnl in spiegelbeeld!] . Ds M.N. W. Smitvoors (van de Haagse Oecumenische Raad), ds. Niemöller en prof. P. Kaetske, predikant van de Duitse Evangelische gemeente in Den Haag *27 mei 1952“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

4. Read Books about Diverse Cultures here: People Called Women Bookstore (PCW) provides the best selection possible of multi-cultural feminist books from around the world. PCW, in Toledo, Ohio, is one of a handful of feminist bookstores remaining in the U.S. and Canada. We are proud to have them as our bookseller! Check out the selection here.
​​​​​​​
 Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears by Penny Rosenwasser5. Explore Women’s Spirituality in all its forms and traditions here. Spirituality and world religions are important for us to understand our common humanity, our common needs, goals and oppressions. Explore these offerings and enrich your spirit here!

6. Donate to Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support. These organizations work on all our behalf, providing essential legal representation, education, and monitoring necessary for democratic participation, volunteerism, and donations so they can continue to work harder than ever. Here are just a few we suggest (not in order of importance, some are new to me and may be to you): 

OurRevolution.com. Campaigns End. Revolutions Endure. Our Revolution will revitalize American democracy by unifying the millions of people who got involved over the course of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in support of progressive causes. See issues here. Get involved here.

American Cilvil Liberties Union (ACLU) works to defend individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. constitution. The ACLU is currently monitoring statements made by the president elect. Donate here.

Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate groups and bigotry using education, litigation, and advocacy. Donate here.

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was founded in 1915 out of an International Women’s Congress against World War. WILPF works to bring together women of different political views and philosophical and religious backgrounds to work for a permanent peace, and to oppose oppression and exploitation. WILPF has national sections in 37 countries, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and maintains a United Nations office in New York City. Get involved here.

National Organization for Women (NOW) is an activist organization, foundation and PAC that advocates for equal rights for women. Donate here, and look for volunteer programs at your local chapter’s page.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) promotes the civil rights of people of color to eliminate race-based discrimination. Donate here, and find your local chapter for more ways to get involved here.

National Women’s Law Center has worked for over 40 years to enact policies and laws on behalf of women and families. Donate here.

National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is a pro-choice, multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women. NWPC recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government regardless of party affiliation. Find your state chapter here.

350.ORG is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. Join Email List here.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, it fights against anti-semitism and bigotry as one of the largest civil rights organizations in the country. Find your local affiliate here.

Lakota People’s Law Project is on the front lines at Standing Rock protecting water for all of us. You can watch a video of Phyllis Young, long time water rights expert for the Lakota Nation. speaking to Water Protectors. I have worked with at the U.N. Phyllis has six children and packed the youngest child with her to Geneva in the l970s. Donate here.

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to protect the best interests of children who come to the U.S. on their own. Donate here.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national civil rights law and policy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of people with disabilities through advocacy, training, education, and public policy. Donate here.

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) works to challenge the global proliferation of pesticides, defend basic rights to health and environmental quality, and work to ensure the transition to a just and viable food system. PAN works with those on the frontlines to tackle the pesticide problem — and reclaim the future of food and farming. Fighting GMOs in the U.S. and around the world.

Campaign Zero advocates for policy solutions to end police violence in America. Fill out this survey to learn how to get involved.

Center for Reproductive Rights is the world’s foremost legal advocate for securing women’s access to quality reproductive health care. Donate here.

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the country’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization. Donate here or find your local chapter here.

Lambda Legal is a national legal organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of LGBT population and people with HIV through litigation, education, and policy work. Donate here.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is a political advocacy group focused on fighting for women’s reproductive rights and freedom. Click here to donate and here to volunteer.

NextGen Climate Action works politically “to prevent climate disaster.” Click here to donate and click here to volunteer.

PEN America works to protect free and open expression in the United States and across the world through literature and writing. Donate here.

Planned Parenthood is the country’s leading sexual and reproductive healthcare provider. Click here for nationwide volunteer opportunities (including as a clinic escort) and click here to donate.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE; online.rainn.org; rainn.org/es) and programs to help victims of sexual violence. Click here for information about how to volunteer for the hotline or in your community, and here to donate.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers legal resources, support and advocacy to reporters to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights. Donate here.

Reproductive Health Access Project is a non-profit that trains clinicians to make quality reproductive healthcare more accessible. Click here to donate.

Running Start is another organization dedicated to educating young women and girls about the importance of politics, through the Young Women’s Political Leadership Program and various other fellowships and internships. Donate here.

She Should Run is a non-profit that aims to get more women into elected leadership roles. You can donate here.

Union of Concerned Scientists works to create solutions to the planet’s most pressing scientific problems through research, advocacy, and policy. Donate here.

 

Don’t Use Monsanto’s RoundUp

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpAre We Creating Cancer Clusters, Putting Our Health & Property Values at Risk When We Use RoundUp in Our Yards and Gardens, Parks and Recreation Areas, Schools and Senior Communities?

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide. It is predicted that nearly 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. in 2016. We’re experiencing a cancer epidemic, and evidence is growing that pesticide exposure is a key contributor to this disturbing trend.

I would like to see a 1970 to 2016 graph paralleling the growth of cancer rates globally alongside the worldwide growth and sale of Monsanto’s RoundUp-Ready Crop/Seed/Fertilizer/Herbicide Systems.

DIY – Safe Weed Killer = No RoundUp:

1 gallon of white vinegar. (More Uses for Vinegar Here.)

4-6 oz lemon juice.

½-cup castile soap. (More uses here.)

Salt for extra strength! (Not good for brick or plants.)

Fill your spray bottle and label with the recipe.

 

When transitioning from lawns to sustainable landscaping, the last thing we want to create is a “Cancer Cluster” in our neighborhoods, cities and towns.

Don't use Monsanto RoundupUnless we are very specific about what chemicals we want and don’t want used on our properties, landscaping companies are using pesticides and herbicides like Roundup to kill existing lawns and weeds, as well as other systemic neonicotinoid insecticides that have been identified by the EPA to weaken bees’ immune systems causing colony collapse.

Important: Let your landscapers and Home Owners Associations know you do not want RoundUp used on your property!

The international scientific community announced two very loud wake-up calls in March 2016.

First, the U.N. World Health Organization’s prestigious International Agency for Research on Cancer released a consensus report that RoundUp is a “probable carcinogen.” A few days later, a team of international scientists based in New Zealand reported that RoundUp can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in disease-causing bacteria.

In addition to these findings, there’s a growing body of evidence of health impacts associated with exposure to RoundUp such as endocrine disruption, organ damage and birth defects. The facts are established: Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is harmful to humans and animals.

85% of Tampons Contain Monsanto’s ‘Cancer Causing’ RoundUp/Glyphosate

Don't use Monsanto Roundup

Use Organic Tampons!

Most of the cotton production in the U.S. is genetically modified cotton that is resistant to RoundUp. The cotton is sprayed with RoundUp when the bud is open and the RoundUp/glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product.

RoundUp is the most popular weed killer in the U.S. and Roundup Ready cotton, soy and corn crops have been genetically modified to withstand applications of the RoundUp – but we cannot withstand this toxin without experiencing health effects! And if we are not using organic cotton in all instances, we are using RoundUp in these intimate applications. We carry organic Menstrual options here.

The U.S. Geological Survey has detected Roundup in 75% of our rain and air samples.

Roundup is also found in our food supply, streams, ground water, and Mothers’ Breast Milk. Roundup is flowing freely into the groundwater in areas where it is being applied, contaminating our drinking water.

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpDo we want to contribute to this contamination?

We are trying to save water with our new more sustainable landscapes and conservation efforts — not destroy it, along with our health! To make matters worse, weeds are becoming increasingly resistant to RoundUp, prompting a new stronger product that’s a mix of glyphosate and the herbicide 2,4-D.

Do we want to contribute to this resistance? Let us heed Rachel Carson’s 1962 warning! Today’s experts are saying RoundUp is worse than DDT.

The U.S. and Canada are conducting formal reviews of RoundUp’s safety, lawsuits are pending, and some groups are calling for a global ban.

The European Union Parliament voted to ban RoundUp for most uses in April 2016; 30,000 of Argentina’s doctors have demanded Roundup be banned because it is associated with spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin disease, neurological disease and respiratory illness.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the France-based cancer research arm of the World Health Organization, said RoundUp has been found in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, showing the chemical has been absorbed by the body. A summary of this study was published in The Lancet Oncology.

I do think landscape companies are unethical that offer RoundUp as a viable solution for our transition to drought tolerant landscaping. Why endanger the ground water when we are trying to save ground water???

Please consider the health of humans, pets, wildlife, bees and other pollinating insects – not to mention property values if cancer rates skyrocket in your community creating a “Cancer Cluster.” There are safe and sustainable options to RoundUp.

Don't use Monsanto's RoundUpMonarch Butterflies are becoming extinct due to RoundUp.

RoundUp has killed off most of the Milkweed plant across our nation, and it’s the only plant Monarch caterpillars eat while fattening up to become butterflies. I plant Milkweed in my yard to give the Monarchs food and a place to lay their eggs.

Let’s give Monarchs and our Self a helping hand by demanding our local stores stop selling RoundUp. Boycotts are a good call in this situation. Let your local store owners know that you will be back when they discontinue these products.

I called my local Ace Hardware that I rely on often, spoke to the manager, and let her know that local health and our water supply trumps corporate policy. I will not shop there as long as RoundUp is on their shelves.

Bee well, and vote Genny

5 Candidates for Woman Secretary General of the UN

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Wolman Secretary General of the UN

How important it is for U.S. women to know about and be involved in international affairs. Our media does not cover global politics in a way that helps us understand the strength and importance of women’s participation in political affairs around the world.

This campaign to nominate 5 Candidates for Woman Secretary General of the UN is an opportunity for all of us to become involved by educating ourselves and with our donations. I invite you to do both as you read about these women’s leadership and work on all our behalf, and listen to the candidates in their own words in the very short videos linked below.

Shazia Rafi feminism telesummitWe learned about this Campaign when Carolyn Gage interviewed Shazia Rafi for our Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to Shazia’s interview here.

Here is how this Campaign began: In February 2015, a group of like-minded women came together to launch this campaign to elect a woman as Secretary-General of the United Nations when Ban Ki-moon steps down at the end of 2016.

These like-minded women from academia and civil society with a long record of engagement with the United Nations formed a core planning group to enact a plan of action. They welcome others to join the campaign, both men and women, individuals and organizations alike. It’s time!

Here are the 5 Candidates for Woman Secretary General of the UN
(Read more on each Candidate here)

 

UNSG-IrinaBokovaIrina Bokova, Nominated by the Government of Bulgaria February 11, 2016

“Uniting all for peace, sustainability and dignity – this is my vision of the United Nations.”

Currently serving as Director-General of UNESCO ( United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) where she is actively engaged in international efforts to advance quality education for all, gender equality, cultural dialogue and scientific cooperation for sustainable development and is leading UNESCO as a global advocate for safety of journalists and freedom of expression.

“When I was elected for the first time as Director”‘General of UNESCO in 2009, I presented a vision statement entitled “UNESCO in the 21st Centuryl A New Humanism in a Globalized World”. Today, seven years later, I am more convinced than ever that the world, and the United Nations at its service, need a new humanistic approach to tackle a horizon of pressing challenges and threats.” You can read Irina’s entire Vision Statement here.

Listen to Irina in her own words here. 

UNSG candidate Helen ClarkHelen Clark, Nominated by New Zealand April 4, 2016

Helen Clark is currently serving as the first woman Administrator of UNDP (United Nations Development Program). She also chairs the UN Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all development-related UN funds, programs and departments.

Helen Clark was the first woman in New Zealand to serve as Deputy Prime Minister from 1989 to 1990, the first woman appointed to New Zealand’s Privy Council in 1990, the first woman to be elected as head of a major party, the Labour Party, in 1993.

As Prime Minister of New Zealand for three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008, she served as a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an international network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.

Helen Clark in her own words here.

UNSG-NataliaGhermanNatalia Gherman, Nominated by the Republic of Moldova February 19, 2016

“Human rights are indivisible; therefore, economic, social and cultural rights should be pursued with equal determination. Women’s and girls’ rights are central to this effort. They have displayed courage and commitment to peace, sustainable development and human dignity. Efforts shall be redoubled to empower their contribution and participation as well as protect their rights and ensure their representation. No tangible progress can be achieved and no sustainable peace can be attained, if women and girls, over half of the world’s population, are left behind.”

Natalia Gherman is a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova. She is a career diplomat holding the diplomatic rank of Ambassador.

Natalia Gherman in her own words here on the military build up on the Ukrainian Russia Border.

UNSG-SusanaMalcorraSusana Mulcorra, Nominated by the Government of Argentina, May 23, 2016

International public servant Susana Malcorra was appointed Minister of Foreign Relations by Argentine President Macri in November 2015. In assuming the role, Ms. Malcorra resigned her position as Chef de Cabinet for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
In March 2008 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Ms. Malcorra as Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, which provides dedicated support to all U.N. peacekeeping field missions and political field missions, leading staff of more than 120,000 military, civilian, and police personnel deployed around the world.

Ms. Malcorra served as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) from 2004 to 2008, overseeing daily emergency and humanitarian operations in more than 80 countries,

Prior to entering the international civil service, Ms. Malcorra worked for twenty-five years in the private sector, advancing to leadership positions both at IBM and Telecom Argentina, where she served as that organization’s first female Chief Executive Officer.

Susana Malcorra in her own words here, speaks about the importance of UN peacekeeping operations, and the global impact of the UN.

UNSG-VesnaPusicVesna Pusic, Nominated by the Government of Croatia, January 14, 2016

Dr. Vesna Pusić is the former First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia.

In 1978, Dr. Pusić and seven other women formed the first feminist organization in SFR Yugoslavia, Žena i društvo. She was also a founder and director of the nongovernmental organization, Erasmus Guild (1993-1998), which promoted cultural democracy in post-conflict transition Croatia and the Balkans.
She is an accomplished sociologist and politician, graduating in 1976 with a degree in philosophy from the University of Zagreb. Her research covers theories of industrial democracy and the sociology of politics. Dr. Pusić has also lectured at the University of Chicago, Cornell University, American University in Washington DC and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

She is a founding member of the Croatian People’s Party in 1990, and later served as president of the party from 2000 and 2008, and again in 2013. In 2000, she was elected to the Croatian Parliament and served as the Deputy Speaker from 2003 to 2007.

From 2006 to 2012, she was the vice-president of the European Liberal Democratic and Reform Party and from 2008 to 2012 she was the Chairperson of the National Committee for Monitoring the Accession Negotiations between Croatia and the European Union. Dr. Pusić ran as the HNS-LD party candidate for president of Croatia during the 2009-2010 election, and served in 2013 as the party’s president.

Vesna Pusic in her own words here. 

CAMPAIGN GOALS:

  • Advocate for a woman as the next Secretary-General and make the selection of a woman inevitable
  • Support the selection process by contributing to the identification of the best possible female candidates
  • Support all qualified women candidates
  • Promote transparency in the selection process
  • Involve governments and civil society in the search and selection

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN HERE!

As the campaign and selection process advance through the summer and into the fall, Member States will continue attuning themselves to civil society’s voice, grown loud of late. If you have been considering making a Donation in support of the first woman UN Secretary General, we urge you to do so in this critical “home stretch.”

Your support goes towards funding efforts to make sure that a woman is elected the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Earth Day Feminism with Farmer Denise O’Brien at WFAN

Earth Day Feminism with Denise O'Brien and WFANWe interviewed Denise O’Brien for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to that interview here. Earth Day Feminism for those of us in and out of agriculture!

Women farm differently and we farm a lot more sustainably. We are changing the face of agriculture. Women own over 50% of rented farmland in the U.S., and grow 75% of the world’s food. CSAs allow consumers to share in the risk and help break the farmer debt cycle. Land Trusts are leasing farmland to beginning farmers. Hear the good news of Feminism and Sustainability!

“My life has been devoted to raising women’s voices in agriculture. My dream is that the landscape of industrialized agriculture will change as women become the decision makers on their land. To that end, I will devote my time on this earth — to women, prairie restoration, and seed saving.”

Denise O’Brien is a woman whose life has been devoted to raising women’s voices in agriculture. She married a farmer and became one at a time when women still called themselves “farmer’s wives.”

Denise O’Brien is the Founder of the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network, a community of women in sustainable agriculture. Denise was president of the National Family Farm Coalition, and a USDA adviser in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Farmer’s Union, and in 2000, Denise was inducted into Iowa’s Women’s Hall of Fame.

Listen to our free interview with Denise O’Brien here

Here’s a timeline of Denise’s work and life:

1970s – Denise married a farmer and learned how to drive a tractor, plant crops, and care for animals. She learned that the language of farming is about the weather, the soil, and fertility.

l980s – The Farm Crisis hit, and Denise met a lot of women farmers calling themselves farmer’s wives. Denise read “The Invisible Farmer” and “Farmer’s Wives,” and learned that women farmers everywhere were stepping forward and adding to the economic well-being of their families. Feminism was growing among women in agriculture and they began seeing themselves as farmers.

1990s – Denise did international work and found out that 75% of the world’s food is grown by women without any recognition. That’s when she started WFAN to link and amplify women’s voices, and to address the insurance and pay inequality of the time.

2000 – Corporations own everything from beginning to end, and farmers had become the “workers.” Women were at the forefront, sounding the alarms, regarding GMOs, fracking, pesticide use, and the connections between processed foods and health issues.

2015 – Due to women living longer than men, women are inheriting family farms. Women own more than half of the “rented” farmland in the U.S., but men continue to make the decisions. WFAN’s Programs are linking and empowering women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just and sustainable.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network WFANCommunity Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farms are increasing in number. You buy a membership and receive a weekly box of seasonal produce. This is a way for consumers to share in the risk the farmers take with weather and pests, and to help break the “cycle of debt” for the farmers by providing dependable economic support.

Women are farming smaller sized farms with the goal of feeding their communities. Food to eat vs. commodity crops.

Some women are donating their farmland to Land Trusts to keep their land in crop production in perpetuity. Land Trusts are then leasing this farmland to beginning farmers who could not otherwise afford to get into farming.

Feminism and Sustainability TelesummitDenise speaks at conferences and events on topics like women and agriculture policy, organic agriculture, practical approaches to organic farming, women’s relationship to the land, sustainable living, food security and international perspectives on women in agriculture.

Sign Up Here and receive all the interviews in our Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit and receive Case Studies from the U.S. and Around the World in your email box weekly.

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Lean Into Green with Denise O’Brien on Women, Food and Agriculture
earth day feminism Denise O'Brien - Women, Food and Agriculture

We also interviewed Denise O’Brien
for our Lean Into Green Telesummit
LISTEN TO THAT INTERVIEW FREE HERE


Deepen your connection to your food and to the land!
From the farm, to the U.N., to State Politics, and back to the land, Denise O’Brien shares farm facts and information on Prairie Restoration and Seed Saving. 

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comLearn how women’s commitment to our communities, and our relationship to the land, has women farming organically on ten to twenty-acre farms. Experience the growth of sustainable farming first hand!

WFAN is a community of women in sustainable agriculture whose mission it is to link and empower women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustainable, and that promote environmental integrity.

 

 

Feminism & Civilization with Dr. Bonnie Morris

Earth Day Feminism with Professor Bonnie Morris - Women’s Role in Sustaining CivilizationWomen’s Role in Sustaining Civilization with Professor Bonnie Morris.

Carolyn Gage interviewed Bonnie Morris for our Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit where Bonnie shared her experiences as a Women’s Studies Professor: international students and events, the next generation of students, and women’s longevity.

“The sustainability success story is that Feminists have succeeded in making it mainstream to take Women’s Studies because it’s offered in thousands of  schools and in forty or more countries around the world.”  Dr. Bonnie Morris

Case Studies shared in our interview with Bonnie Morris:

– The education of women and girls as a tool for empowering entire communities.
– Mainstreaming women’s history as heritage everyone should know.
– How learning about their foremothers empowers young women and teaches men to respect women.

In our interview with Bonnie Morris she shared stories about Gerda Lerner, Islandic Vagina Monologues, Kay Gardner, Ubaka Hill, MichFest, the Women’s Music Movement, Fidel Castro, Chris Williamson’s lullaby at the Temple of Diana, the Golden Age of Lesbianism, and the “Treasure Hunts” of the past to recover women’s history.

Earth Day Feminism with Bonnie Morris

At the Temple of Diana in Kusadasi as guest lecturer for Olivia Cruises in 2007.

Bonnie Morris is a Professor, Award Winning Author, Poet and Performer. She is the author of eleven books, including “Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor,” and “Eden Built by Eves,” and “Women’s History for Beginners.”

Bonnie was the first graduate to complete American University’s then, new minor in Women’s Studies. After earning her PhD, she taught one of the first-ever graduate seminars on Jewish women’s history at Harvard.

Feminism and Sustainability TelesummitProfessor Morris joined the women’s studies faculty at George Washington University in 1994, and at Georgetown in 1996. She teaches Women and Western Civilization, Gender and Athletics, Women and War, and Introduction to Women’s Studies.

We invite you to listen to Carolyn Gage’s interview with Bonnie Morris here,

Sign up to hear all the interviews here.  

And learn more about Carolyn Gage Here. 

Earth Day Feminism with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being

Feminism Telesummit with Dr.Asoka Bandarage - Women, Sustainability and Climate ChangeWe interviewed Asoka for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to that interview here. This is what Asoka said about Earth Day Feminism:

Women are responding to climate change not only as mothers and nurturers, but also as economic producers. It is important to actively and consciously keep women’s relational perspectives alive, we bring a more qualitative, humanist, and ecological approach. Women are taking leadership roles in many grassroots, regional, national and international initiatives.

Indigenous Peoples have been at the forefront of bringing ecological consciousness and our connection to nature into the climate conversation, and they need to be supported. Bolivian and Peruvian Indigenous Women’s Groups say, “Change the System, Not the Climate.” You can’t talk about climate policies without looking at the economic system.

Feminism and Sustainability Telesummit

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Many peoples of the world see terrorism and the “war on terror” as a global struggle between extremist forms of Islam and Christianity. Women are targeted, victimized, and used as fighters. Religious extremism should not take center stage.

earth day with dr. ashoka bandaragePoor women are especially effected by natural disasters due to poverty and the lack of infrastructure and resources to respond to crises. Cultural norms, clothing restrictions, and traditions victimize women who are not able to relocate as easily as men.

  • Most of the world’s farmers are women but we don’t necessarily own the land.
  • Health issues in other countries are related to pesticides manufactured and banned in the U.S.
  • Climate Change has different effects on different populations, especially women and coastal and island nations.
  • Land based people have a greater eco-consciousness but are losing it to technology.
  • Proselytizing among vulnerable communities is controversial and raises moral and ethical issues.
  • There’s a lot of greenwashing by corporations. Women’s groups keep the real issues in the forefront.
  • Communities and countries should become self sufficient and not have to depend on external aid.
  • 1/3 of the world’s population do not have access to clean water.
  • The Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins, funded by David Koch, downplays the dangers and global impact of human activity and fossil fuel extraction on climate change.

“There are enough resources for everyone. We need a global ethic that connects us to each other. We have to pull together to address these issues for planetary survival.”

Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Women, Sustainability and Climate Change

We also interviewed Dr. Bandarage
for our Lean Into Green Telesummit
LISTEN FREE HERE

Lean Into Green with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being  – The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.

Here is the story of Wholeness! Dr. Asoka Bandarage makes the connections for us — the connections between all things human and environmental. Our health, wealth, and happiness go hand-in-hand with sustainable development.

Dr. Bandarage speaks of our growing consciousness of interrelatedness, and our collective economic dilemma and environmental survival. Listen, and be encouraged by the unsustainability of dualism as we move from domination to partnership, with each other and with the earth.
Lean Into Green with Dr. Asoka Bandarage on Sustainability and Well-Being The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the EconomyDr. Bandarage is an Author, Researcher, and Policy Analyst. She has most recently authored “Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.” Asoka believes that social science and universal ethics – combined – give us perspective, deep and comprehensive enough, to bring about the partnership of humanity necessary to solve the climate crisis and broader challenges of human and planetary survival.

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comAsoka’s areas of interest include: women and gender studies, multiculturalism, peace and security, South Asia, Sri Lanka, population and ecology.

Dr. Ashoka Bandarage has devoted her scholarly career to environmental sustainability, and studying and teaching how social science
can advance human well-being. Dr. Bandarage has taught at Yale, Brandeis, Georgetown, American, Mount Holyoke where she received tenure, and other universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

 

International Women’s Day 1910 – 2016

Clara-Zetkin-founder-womens-dayIn 1910, the 2nd International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. Clara Zetkin, leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day.

Clara proposed that every year, in every country, there should be a celebration of Women’s Day on the same day to press for women’s demands. The Conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Carla’s suggestion with unanimous approval — and International Women’s Day was born!

Worldwide, women continue to contribute to economic, social, cultural, and political achievements. We have much to celebrate today, but progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places around the world.

International Women's Day 2016

The 2014 World Economic Forum predicted that it would take until 2095 to achieve gender parity globally. In 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133. We have urgent work to do. So, how do we want to celebrate International Women’s Day in 2016?

International Women’s Day 1910 – 2016. Are you ready to accelerate gender parity?

This year, we can all pledge to take concrete steps to help achieve gender parity more quickly in many different ways. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence.

Globally, with men and women joining forces, and with individuals pledging to move from talk to purposeful action, we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realize the limitless potential they offer economies and cultures the world over. Commit to take the Pledge to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity on International Women’s Day 2016 and beyond.

International Women's Day

Make a Pledge to:

  • help women and girls achieve their ambitions
  • challenge conscious and unconscious bias
  • call for gender-balanced leadership
  • value women and men’s contributions equally
  • create inclusive, flexible cultures

 

Shop Woman Made to support female entrepreneurs on and for International Women’s Day 2016! Here are a few books on the subject of Women’s contributions: (and more here)

 

COP21 Highlights – Women and Action

Cop21 HighlightsWorld leaders and global activists have met to finalize a climate agreement at the Paris Climate Summit COP21. This is a pivotal point for environmental politics and  how individuals and communities can take action to support the planet. Here are some COP21 Highlights:

Women and Gender Constituency – Over the past several years of international climate change negotiations, it has been established and agreed by governments across the world, who are Parties toCOP21, that gender equality and ensuring women’s human rights are necessary to effectively act on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Women were active at COP21 both inside the meetings and outside in the streets and many organizing meetings that brought global activists together in protest and negotiations.

North Dakota indigenous leader Kandi Mossett: “We are sacrifice zones” – Man camps are where thousands of men live in hovels. They’re FEMA trailers or RV parks or wherever they can find space. Man camps are in what used to be wheat fields or a sunflower fields that are now oil-fracking operations. As a result, we’ve seen an great increase in crime, violence, and drug abuse. I have buried two young girls, my friends, this last year, who got addicted to the heroin, because we now have organized crime. As far as the environmental toxins, we won’t even feel the effects for 20 years. And I’m so worried that at this COP21 my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter won’t have a say, but she will be experiencing the worst impacts. And it just doesn’t make any sense to me that this is the 21st COP and we are considered sacrifice zones in my community.

COP21 HighlightsClimate Justice Movement “Extremely Disappointed” in COP21 Draft’s “Failure to Set Up” – Chee Yoke Ling, legal adviser to the Third World Network, based in Beijing: “There’s no agreement, actually, because the question is: How do we share? How do we share the responsibility of doing the actions that will bring us to 1.5? Many vulnerable countries, small island states, and even some of the bigger developing countries want strong action. But the 1.5 has to be in the context of actions that are fair, so that the rich and those who can do more should do their share, and then the poor should be helped to actually do their share. So what we see here, to get to the 1.5, where everybody is treated the same, where we see the rich countries, like the United States and the European countries or Japan, saying that they will try to do their best, on a voluntary basis, and they’re backing off from what they agreed to do 20 years ago. They are not cutting emissions at home, in Europe or North America. They are not going to give money to help other countries do it. So, 1.5 is a nice number, but how do you get to 1.5 in terms of real actions?”

Young Feminist Day at the Women and Gender Caucus: Alina Saba – Thailand, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development: “Living with climate change is a reality, it keeps us awake at night. Climate Change is further pushing us into a cycle of inequality. We are trading away our life.” Report from WEDO *Women, Environment & Development Organization begun by Bella Abzug): The room was filled with engaged participants eager to hear the voices of young feminists who participated and hope to continue the conversation and establish a young feminist working group in order to ensure that all generations are included in climate change negotiations, international policies, and advocacy spaces.

Cop21 Highlights naomi kleinNaomi Klein Decries Climate Deal as Extraordinarily Dangerous – “We know, from the paltry levels of financing that wealthy governments have brought to the table, that COP21 is going to steamroll over equity red lines, which means that wealthy countries that have been emitting fossil fuels on an industrial scale for a couple hundred years will continue to fail to do our fair share of emission reductions, or pay our fair share for the impacts of that, for loss and damage caused by climate change, and also the resources that are badly needed so that poorer countries can leapfrog over fossil fuels and the car culture, and go directly to renewable energy, community-controlled renewable energy, energy democracy. It takes resources and technology transfers to happen. We also know that it’s going to steamroll over our legal red lines, because the U.S. has come to these negotiations announcing that the deal cannot be legally binding. Any talk of penalties was off the table before it even began.

Which is why on December 12th many activists will be in the streets of Paris peacefully demonstrating against the violation of these red lines. We will also be mourning the lives already lost to climate disruption…”   Check out Naomi’s newest book here: Capitalism vs. Climate.

Jane Goodall at COP21: “I’m Here to Save the Rainforests” COP21 Highlights– “Our misuse of fossil fuels, the emissions—from agriculture, from industry, from households—the vast impact that’s being made by this intensive farming of animals. And in order to feed the billions and billions of cows and pigs and chickens, even if you don’t care about the cruelty, even if you refuse to admit that these are individuals with feelings, who feel pain and have emotions, even if you don’t admit that, you have to admit huge areas of forest are cut down to grow grain to feed them. Intensive cattle grazing is turning forests to woodland, to scrubland. And food in one end, gas out both ends, that’s methane. And that’s an even more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. It’s about 36 percent of all methane emissions come from this intensive farming.”

Greenland Glaciologist Says, Voluntary Pledges Aren’t Enough 
“What we need to be talking about is the atmospheric carbon level that we can tolerate. And unfortunately, it’s too high now, so the conversation, the missing conversation, is also about atmospheric drawdown of carbon. And that’s why I bring up trees and grasslands and restoring growing parts of our planet. We’ve lost one-third of arable land on our planet in the last 50 years. We need to start reversing that. And we can bring humidification back to the Mediterranean. The Roman Empire began deforesting the Mediterranean long ago, and that desertification trend is behind the drought. And we can actually begin reversing that. And it actually—besides bringing moisture back to some of these places and sequestering carbon, it also gives people hope. And it can be a gesture of peace that we can offer around the world.”

COP21 HighlightsGreenpeace commissioned 80 activists from Germany, France and Belgium to paint a large, yellow sun on Paris’ Etoile — the roundabout that encircles the Arc de Triomphe. They used washable paint that isn’t environmentally harmful.

Today, 12/12/15, climate activists are protesting in the streets of Paris, calling all of us to action.

Paris isn’t the end of the story, but a conclusion of a particular chapter. Now, it’s up to us to strengthen these promises, make sure they are kept, and then accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels and toward 100% renewable energy. Videos from Paris here.

UN Urges Global Shift Toward Vegan Diet

UN Urges Global Shift Toward Vegan DietThe UN reports: “Less consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change. A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and climate change.”

– The UN Urges Global Shift Toward Vegan Diet because a substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.”

– Moving to Meat & Dairy-Free Diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change as the global population surges toward a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050. Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products.

– U.S. diets rich in meat and dairy are unsustainable. Rising affluence is triggering a shift in our diets toward more meat and dairy products. Environmental impacts rise roughly 80% with a doubling of income. Agriculture, particularly meat and dairy products, accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use and 19% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

UN Urges Global Shift Toward Vegan Diet Biomass (animal waste) and crops for animal food are as damaging as burning fossil fuels. Livestock consumes much of the world’s crops and a great deal of freshwater, fertilizers and pesticides. Animal products cause more damage than producing construction sand or cement, plastics or metals.

The UN report cites the following pressures on the environment as priorities for governments around the world: climate change, habitat change, wasteful use of nitrogen and phosphorus in fertilisers, over-exploitation of fisheries, forests and other resources, invasive species, unsafe drinking water and sanitation, lead exposure, urban air pollution and occupational exposure to particulate matter.

See the entire U.N. Report “Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production: Priority Products and Materials” here.

Listen Here to our interview with Carol J. Adams. “You can get all your protein needs from plant-based foods. No cholesterol in a Vegan Diet.”

How to Say NO to Plastic Bags

How to Say NO to Plastic BagsIt’s time to re-think the faceless, disposable, environmentally harmful plastic bags you’ve been using for produce and everything else — Say NO to Plastic Bags! — and reduce your carbon footprint.

Quickly used, and even more quickly thrown away, plastic bags are not so easily disposed of — they are NOT biodegradable for 500 to 1,000 years. Every plastic bag ever manufactured, is still on this planet today.

Another important fact is that to live an anti-cancer lifestyle, you don’t want your food to touch plastic. The chemicals in plastics mimic estrogen and your body takes those toxic chemicals everywhere in your body that you use estrogen. A big contributor to environmental cancers. You can sign up for our Preventing Cancer Telesummit here.

How to Say NO to Plastic Bags. bunch bags reusable produce bags for everythingWe suggest using reusable Bunch Bags. They store more product, are easier to carry, and can even be used to prevent the seemingly inevitable loss of socks in the dryer!.

amy ferguson ceo of bunch bagsBunch Bags began as Amy Ferguson’s way to cut down on the amount of one-use plastic bags that thousands of shoppers toss away every day.

Ceo, Amy Ferguson, is dedicated to consumer awareness to reuse, recycle, and refuse to use plastic bags. Amy has been a volunteer for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida, working closely with the rehabilitation of sea turtles, and is also involved in community beach cleanups.  Amy is very passionate about marine life and animals, and helping to protect them from environmental harm. Bunch Bags is a 100% woman owned business.

How to Say NO to Plastic Bags. REUSABLE BUNCH BAGS FOR EVERYTHING

Here are some facts about one-use plastic bags

Plastics now comprise one of the biggest threats to marine environments.

Plastic does NOT biodegrade.
Over a trillion plastic bags are consumed each year. Scientists estimate that it takes 500 to 1000 years for a plastic bag to break down.

100,000 marine mammals and turtles
die per year because they eat, swallow, or get tangled up in plastics.

Using reusable bags could replace roughly 1.3 trillion plastic bags in our life time! 

How to Say NO to Plastic Bags. BunchBags Reusable Produce Bags

Isn’t it time to make Bunch Bags part of your reusable bag habit?
You can make a difference!

Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary General

CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A WOMAN UN SECRETARY-GENERALThe United Nations is 70 years old. Lets make sure that the next UN leadership includes women of merit and nerve, significantly gifted to make the United Nations work —  It’s time! Join the Campaign to Elect a Woman UN Secretary General.

There have been 8 male Secretaries General, but never a female — though women represent half the world’s population. The current UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, will step down at the end of 2016. You can get involved with this Campaign to elect a woman in 2016.

There are female presidents, prime ministers, chancellors and foreign ministers, distinguished diplomats and others with deep experience in foreign affairs who deserve to be considered.  The excuse that there are not enough qualified women to choose from is no longer valid.

– Add your voice to this Campaign by signing up online: http://www.womansg.org

– Meet the core group launching this campaign, including Charlotte Bunch here!  A group of like-minded women have come together representing academia and civil society with long records of engagement with the UN. These women decided that the time had come for a woman to lead the UN. They welcome others — YOU — to join the campaign. It’s time!

CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A WOMAN UN SECRETARY-GENERALOne of the U.S. organizers is Charlotte Bunch. She has been an activist, writer and organizer in the feminist, LGBT, and human rights movements for over forty years. A Distinguished Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, and a founder of Washington DC Women’s Liberation, The Furies, and Quest: A Feminist Quarterly.

Charlotte, has served on the Board of Directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the MS Foundation for Women, and the Global Fund for Women. She was actively involved in feminist organizing for the 1980 Copenhagen, 1985 Nairobi, and the 1995 Beijing World Conferences on Women, and was the coordinator for the CWGL led Global Campaign for Women’s Human Rights at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993. She has been advocating for the creation of UN Women where she serves on the Global Civil Society Advisory Board.

CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A WOMAN UN SECRETARY-GENERALAnother organizer is Shazia Z. Rafi, former Secretary-General of Parliamentarians for Global Action. She was the first woman on the ballot and runner-up finalist for the Inter-Parliamentary Union Secretary-General election. Shazia was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and lives in New York City.

Carolyn Gage interviewed Shazia Rafi on “Diplomacy at the Highest Levels” for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to our interview with Shazia here. Shazia talks about her work on Abortion Rights, Environmental Law, and How to Strategize for Change. (Sign Up for the entire Telesummit Here).

Shazia Rafi is a SheSource Women’s Media Center Expert on international security, arms control, international law, international treaties, international women’s rights, international human rights policy and violations, political Islam, Africa, Asia, diplomacy, environment, international issues, Middle East and North Africa, politics and religion.

The next U.N. Secretary General will be chosen by the U.S., Russia, China, England and France. Please contact President Obama: “You must not allow any nomination for U.N. Secretary General to go forward unless the nominations include at least 50% women on the ballot.”

– Call President Obama: 202-456-1111

– Write President Obama: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.

– Email President Obama: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

CAMPAIGN TO ELECT A WOMAN UN SECRETARY-GENERALWe’ve learned recently with the TPP, marches on campuses, GMO legislation, etc., that our voices make a difference. This is an opportunity to make a difference in the world — outside our own borders. Our domestic policy mirrors our U.S. foreign policy, so international law effects us greatly. And it’s important for women — as World Citizens — to have a voice at the highest levels. These women workiing at the U.N. are our voices. Let’s support them as they support us!

Give Peace a Chance:) Elect a Woman U.N. Secretary General in 2016! Download the Women for Secretary General Brochure here. 

What is Your Plastic Footprint?

What is Your Plastic Footprint?Step by step you can create a plan to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals and create less plastic waste.

Plastic toxins mimic Estrogen, and your body takes these toxins to all the places you use Estrogen. Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical that is added to hard plastics, water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings, DVDs, linings of food cans and household goods — is an endocrine/hormone disruptor . BPA has been linked to reproductive disorders, heart disease, asthma, breast cancer and memory problems.

What is Your Plastic Footprint?Here are  some tips to help you avoid plastics in your life:

1. Never let your food touch plastic. This is revolutionary! And a really important way to reduce your family’s exposure to the toxins that leach from plastic containers into your food — especially when the food is put into the containers while it is warm!

2. Don’t cook with plastic utensils. Why contaminate all those organic ingredients by stirring them with plastic spoons and spatulas that leach toxins into your otherwise healthy meals??

3. Choose natural gum alternatives like ginger chews, fennel seeds or mint leaves. Most chewing gums are made out of a plastic called polyvinyl acetate, manufactured using vinyl acetate, a chemical shown to cause tumors in lab rats.

4. Ask your Barista to fill your reusable cup or thermos. Plastic cups are often made of polystyrene, and you won’t be the first person to bring your own thermos or car mug.

5. Use reusable bamboo, metal or glass straws — or none at all.

6. Bringing your reusable containers to restaurants when you go out to eat is one great way to avoid disposable packaging and exposing your warm leftovers to plastic containers.
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7. Carry your own bamboo or metal cutlery to avoid plastic utensils. And remember to ask for no plastic cutlery for your take out orders. We usually never use it, and it collects in our drawers and eventually becomes landfill that never biodegrades.

8. Rent or borrow items from family, friends and neighbors that you rarely use or only need for a one time use. This helps to reduce plastics used in manufacturing.

We interviewed blogger, Beth Terry, who has done much of the research for you on reducing your family’s exposure to toxins and  generating less plastic waste. Hear Beth share some of her favorite cool plastic-free innovations,  how it’s not just sea birds who are eating plastic, and how she convinced Clorox to make Brita Filters recyclable.

Beth Terry, Living a Plastic Free LifeBETH TERRY’S INTERVIEW: LIVING A PLASTIC FREE LIFE

How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too!

 

Bee Habitat

Here in California alone, we have more than 1,600 native bee species. Bee habitat has become a priority for many home gardeners as agri-business continues to decimate our bee populations.

Dryscaping your outdoor habitat with succulents and native plants not only saves precious water, but creates a more welcoming habitat for bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
california bumble bee

California Bumble Bee

Some species of the North American native bumblebee have declined by more than 95 percent, alongside a massive increase in the use of pesticides.

Here are some helpful tips:
– Avoid pesticides by choosing the right plants. Pests don’t bother drought-tolerant plants as often, and many scented plants are helpful in your garden to keep plant eating pests away. Marigolds, Society Garlic, and many others are beautiful to look at and their scent is helpful in deterring garden pests.
Appalachian Bee

Appalachian Bee

– Minimize the use of insecticides and never spray on open flowers where bees and pollinators are busy doing their daily work.

– Make your garden inviting to birds and they’ll do the job of non-toxic bug-catching for you.
– Plant fragrant plants like lavender, yarrow, salvias, and California lilac to entice and feed pollinators like hummingbirds and bees with their nectar. Monarchs love Milkweed, an endangered plant. So plant Milkweed whenever you can and watch the Monarchs lay their eggs. The cocoon process is educational and thrilling for all ages.
Cape Cod Blueberry Bee

Cape Cod Blueberry Bee

For more information on bee species and how to help them, check out U.C. Berkeley’s Urban Bee Lab’s helpful guide to native and exotic plants that bees love here:   http://www.helpabee.org/native-bee-info.html

For dryscaping tips on adding drought tolerant succulents to your garden, check out our previous blog here. 

You will love our all natural Aroma For Health Chapsticks made with Unfiltered Beeswax, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil:

Outdoor Water Conservation Tips

Water Conservation Tips at Green Woman NewsWater conservation efforts ensure that there will be enough for the future. Outdoor water use typically makes up 50% to 70% of home water use.

Many of us love the summer months and wish we knew more ways to conserve water during droughts and dry seasons. We’ve gathered a few helpful hints here that are easy to do, and easy to remember!

Here are 5 outdoor water conservation tips:

#1 Victory Gardens are back in style! Use your garden water for edible plants.
#2 When your existing inefficient hoses and sprinkler heads need replacing, buy water saving ones. Ask your local family owned nursery or hardware store what options they have available.
#3 In drought areas especially, think about replacing your brown lawns with drought tolerant plants, beautiful rock gardens, and even a vegetable garden so at least your outdoor water use is producing food.
#4 Share the water conservation methods you learn and use with your friends, family, neighbors and landlords. Everyone is willing to join in the efforts to save our planet, most of us just need more information.
#5 Take the “Dirty Car Pledge” and wait 60 days or more — until absolutely necessary!

We have a whole section of books on Eco-Feminism. We are sure you will find something that peaks your curiosity or satisfies your thirst for knowledge. Here are some of our favorite titles:
EcoFeminism and the Sacred by Carol J. Adams Price $29.95EcoFeminism and the Sacred by Carol J. Adams Price $29.95
A multicultural anthology of writings by women that provide vital insights into the causes of current environmental crises, and important recommendations for addressing them.

Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat by Temra Costa $13.99 On Sale!Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat by Temra Costa $13.99 On Sale!
Meet the 30 exceptional Women of Farmer Jane. This is a celebration of all women that vote for sustainability every time they shop, eat, farm, and advocate for change.

Let us know your conservation ideas and tips, and we’ll share them with our readers:)

Feminism – A Sustainability Tool – Free Telesummit:

Feminism A Sustainability Tool - Free Telesummit -

“Women do not want to be mainstreamed into a polluted stream: We want the stream to be clean, clear and healthy.” Bella Abzug, U.S. Senator and co-founder of WEDO (Women’s Environment & Development Organization)

Feminism has facilitated women’s complex experiences, actions, and solutions being examined and treated with the respect they deserve – linking women’s emancipation with the care of the earth.

Women play a major role in managing natural resources in agriculture and animal husbandry, food planning and preparation, forestry and managing the raw materials used in commercial enterprise and in our households.

The growth of Feminism has resulted in the growth of environmental action by women and women’s groups around the world to help tackle the problems of environmental devastation. From the grassroots to international agencies, women’s roles in education and training, family planning and consumption patterns, seed saving and natural resource conservation, and in creating businesses that reflect our socio-environmental values, are among the most important actions to bring about sustainability.

Case Studies from the U.S. & Around the World

In this Telesummit, you will hear from Sustainable Development Experts, Activists, Movement Leaders, Authors, Cultural Theorists, and Common Women making a difference. You will hear case studies, and gain an international and intergenerational perspective on just what it takes to grow a movement that doesn’t leave anyone or anything out. Sustainability means going forward in a way that respects future generations’ ability to live and thrive on Planet Earth.

No matter what you think Feminism is, your understanding will be heightened. You will be strengthened, and your resolve for alliances for the future will be restored as it becomes clear that none of us are alone. 

Feminism a sustainability tool free sign up link

Non-Toxic Shopping Guide & Holiday Twitter Party

Women have so much economic power to convince companies to make safer products! Let’s use our power for good this holiday season and join Women’s Voices for the Earth’s #safeshopping Twitter party to get green gift ideas straight from the experts!

This time of the year, we are tasked with trying to find the perfect gift. No one wants to commit the dreaded faux pas of accidentally giving a gift laden with toxic chemicals that could harm your family, friend or colleague’s health. Plus, we exercise so much economic power during the holiday season that we want to make sure we’re supporting those companies doing good things!

Women's Voices for the Earth 2014 Non-Toxic Shopping GuideIt is possible to find the right gift that’s thoughtful, comes from an environmentally progressive company, and is non‐toxic. And here’s is where WVE’s 2014 Non‐Toxic Shopping Guide comes in handy. Green Woman Store is a proud sponsor of this Annual Guide.

On behalf of all our female entrepreneurs and artisans, we love partnering with WVE and being a part of their Non-Toxic Shopping Guide another year. Our goal is to provide fair trade, green, and woman made products that increase family health and sustainability. We love to support women and women’s safe choices, and it comes full circle at WVE — and everyone benefits!

With sections that cover clothing, personal care products, fitness products, baby products, home décor, toys, DIY gift ideas, and more, WVE’s Non‐Toxic Shopping Guide is poised to become your wingwoman for the 2014 Holiday Season.

Women's Voices for the Earth Twitter Party November 20, 2014 to launch their Holiday Non-Toxic Shopping GuideJoin our #safeshopping Twitter party on 11/20 to get:

Top Picks from Experts in the Guide: Women’s Voices for the Earth asked for safer product ideas from some of the most eco‐friendly, conscientious women in the WVE community who are experts in their field.

Guide Links, Tips & Resources – Green ideas and sustainable shopping resources to help you avoid giving toxic gifts this season below:

See the Guide here!

Safe Non-Toxic Toys here!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – From Awareness to Prevention

Breast Cancer Awareness Month : From Awareness to Prevention

October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”
This October, we are changing the discussion from Awareness to Prevention

New scientific evidence is emerging daily, making it clear that the chemicals in our environment play a role in altering our biological processes. It’s clear that our exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation are connected to our cancer risk.  But we rarely hear about this new scientific evidence.  

It is difficult to examine and address the effects of individual chemicals and their risks for a disease as complex as cancer. The time between exposures and development of the disease may be decades. We may not know which chemicals we’ve been exposed to, and we are not exposed to chemicals in isolation.

Sign Up for our Preventing Cancer Telesummit: Exposing the Environmental Causes.In this Telesummit and Podcast Series, we will bring this new evidence to your attention. We will examine Hormones and Hormone Disruptors, EMF Cell Phone and Computer Radiation, Fluoride in our water and Fracking in our communities, GMOs and Toxins in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products, Flame Retardants in our furniture and bedrooms, BPA and it’s more toxic replacements, and causes of the 90% unexplained sporadic non-hereditary breast cancers.

As informed consumers, you can begin to control your exposure to chemicals and radiation through personal and political action. Get to know the chemicals that have been linked to cancer and take action to reduce your risk. 

During this Telesummit, you will receive one interview emailed to you each Tuesday and Thursday. You will hear from Scientists, Political Activists, Nutritionists, and Women Survivors of Cancer who have made lifestyle changes that combat disease. If you miss any Podcasts, you will have a chance at the end to catch up. 

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I’m your host, Genny LaMorgan, owner of GreenWomanStore.com where we enjoy creating educational events, like this telesummit on topics of interest to us as women. If you have any questions, please contact me at genny@greenwomanstore.com or 800 479 4439 / 619 228 6201.     

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Preventing Cancer Telesummit: Exposing the Environmental Causes

What if Everyone Became a Vegetarian?

Climate Change oftentimes feels like a catastrophe too big to make a difference on a personal lifestyle level. But if we take just one piece, one of the major contributors: The meat industry directly and indirectly produces about 14.5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. As population grows, and we eat more animal products, the consequences for climate change, pollution, and land use could be catastrophic.

What if Everyone became Vegetarian?What if everyone became a vegetarian, and the global community came to eat less meat, no meat, or no animal products at all? Universal vegetarianism or veganism would go a long way toward mitigating climate change, and at a much lower cost than carbon taxes and renewable energy technology:

– Agriculture-related carbon emissions reduced by 17%

– Methane emissions reduced by 24%

– Nitrous oxide emissions reduced by 21%

– The economy would tank. Livestock production accounts for 1.4 percent of the world’s total GDP and 1.3 billion jobs.

– Industrial farmers who grow corn to feed animals on factory farms would shift to in-demand plant-based food production (fruit and vegetables).

– Expanses of new land would become available and at a cheaper price: grazing land is 26% of the world’s ice-free land surface – plus 386,000 sq mi of land is used to grow crops for livestock.

– The risk of antibiotic-resistant infections would plummet – at least 2 million Americans fall ill from antibiotic-resistant pathogens every year.

We can all stop giving our money to factory farms, the biggest and worst offenders from a pollution and public health perspective. We can eat less meat than we currently do, especially meat from methane-releasing ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats, etc.) We will be giving the market time to adjust to our change of lifestyle. With the world’s population slated to grow to 9 billion by 2050, we will need to take some of the 25 percent of the world’s land area back from the cows.

Baby steps:

– meatless Monday
– vegan before 6pm
– fake chicken
– vegie burgers

Taking meat out of my diet feels like a way that I can “lean into green” a little deeper. You will be seeing more posts about my journey. Please comment with tips and tools to inspire us toward Universal Vegetarianism! (More from Mother Jones here.)

Non-Toxic Kids with Katy Farber at Lean into Green

Non-Toxic Kids with Katy Farber at Lean Into GreenWe can and do have an impact as parents. We can organize and act on issues of children’s health. Mommy Bloggers like Katy Farber are changing consumer shopping patterns and promoting healthier non-toxic products as an answer to our lack of federal food and health regulations. Join Lean Into Green and listen in.

Katy Farber says, “Climate Change is a children’s health issue. We need to protect our kids from significant pollution.” We can buy organic dairy, and store our foods in Mason Jars vs. plastic, to reduce our family’s exposure to hormone disrupting chemicals. Katy Farber teaches Service Learning: finding and solving problems in local communities to increase children’s self-esteem, and to change a community’s perception of kids and teens.

Here are some of the questions we asked Katy Farber about Non-Toxic Kids:

Q. You have written a book titled, “Eat Non-Toxic: a manual for busy parents.” Please talk about your book and the need for chemical reform.
Q. Please share your Green Living tips for families with small children.
Q. Katy, please talk about what you are calling “Service Learning” in your book: Change the World with Service Learning: How to Organize, Lead, and Assess Service Learning.
Q. Another book you have written is titled, “Why great teachers quit.” Please talk about teacher sustainability and what might we do to stop the exodus of our great teachers?
Q. One of your blogs is about how President Obama’s Plan on Climate Change Will Protect Children’s Health. Can you talk about this important aspect of environmental action?

Katy Farber is a Mom, an Author, a Blogger, a social media community builder, and an activist and speaker. She founded the blog Non-Toxic Kids in 2007. Katy teaches graduate level education courses in service learning. She’s chronically sleep deprived, full of joy, and a lover of spontaneous kitchen dance parties with small children, among other things.

Sign Up! Lean Into GreenJoin Katy Farber and Lean Into Green to Discover How to Increase Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Going Green!  Sign Up Today! It’s free, and it’s powerful! 

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The Economics of Happiness with Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena Norberg-Hodge at Lean Into Green Online Education SeriesHelena Norberg-Hodge talks on “The Economics of Happiness: Lessons from Ladak.”  Ladak is in the western most part of the Tibetan Plateau at an elevation of 12,000 feet.  Helena has been working there for over 30 years.  Hear what she has learned about happiness, and the economics of happiness.  Join us at Lean Into Green

When people are known for who we really are, violence does not exist, and happiness thrives. Helena suggests changing economic structures to increase personal happiness, and environmental and social stability. Learn the benefits of shifting from globalization to localization. We evolved in close connection with other people, animals, and nature – localization meets our basic human needs.  Longing for connection is a longing for happiness.

Helena Norberg-Hodge is an Author and filmmaker. She is a pioneer of the ‘new economy’ movement, work which earned her the 2012 Goi Peace Prize for contributing to “the revitalization of cultural and biological diversity, and to the strengthening of local communities and economies worldwide.” Helena has also been awarded the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.

Helena’s book and film, “Ancient Futures,” has been translated into 40 languages, and have sold about a half a million copies. She also produced and co-directed the award-winning film, “The Economics of Happiness,” and co-authored “Bringing the Food Economy Home,” and “From the Ground Up: Rethinking Industrial Agriculture.”

Since 1975, Helena has worked with the people of Ladak, or “Little Tibet”, to find ways of enabling their culture to meet the modern world without sacrificing social and ecological values. She has been promoting an economics of personal, social and ecological well-being –for more than thirty years.

Sign Up! Lean Into GreenJoin Helena Norberg-Hodge and Lean Into Green to Discover How to Increase Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Going Green!  Sign Up Today! It’s free, and it’s powerful! 

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Go Green in 5 Easy Steps with Lori Alper

Lori Alper at Lean Into Green Online EducationJoin Lori Alper at Lean Into Green and learn how to increase your health, wealth, and happiness by “Going Green.”  Easy steps toward a healthier family:

*First, your food should have no contact with plastic. Listen and learn why this is important for your family’s health.
*Second, switch to reusable shopping bags.
*Third, gradually change to non-toxic cleaning products as you run out.
*Fourth, replace your family’s personal care products with safe ones.
*Fifth, take your shoes off at the door to keep toxins outside.

And much more about cookware: learn how your stainless steel can be non-stick; gardens and grass: the greener the more pesticides; BBQs: low temp and flip often; and the Bees: stop using Bee-toxic pesticides.

Here are some of the questions we asked Lori:

Q. Has it been your role as mother, and concerns for your family’s health, that started your Going Green journey?
Q. Can you define for us what a Green Lifestyle is?
Q. Lori, tell us about the dangers of plastics on our family’s health? And how can we reduce our family’s exposure to plastics and BPA?
Q. Give us some places to start, some simple beginning steps that we may or may not already be using?
Q What is a healthy cookware, our pots or pans, are they healthy? And what is the problem with Teflon?
Q. What’s your advice for greening our lawns, gardens, and outdoor BBQ time?
Q. And what about those disappearing Bees? Can you tell us what you know about their importance and their disappearance, and how we can help support these important pollinators?

Lori Alper is a green living enthusiast and lifestyle writer, speaker, mother, borderline vegan and recovering attorney. Lori is the Founder and Editor of Groovy Green Livin – her Blog and website where she shares inspiration for a greener lifestyle. She is also an eco-wellness consultant for businesses, schools, and individuals. Lori believes that Simple, small changes in your life can lead to a non-toxic, healthier lifestyle — and a greener planet. She is dedicated to sharing simple green living tips, and to a healthy environment without harmful chemicals.

Sign Up! Lean Into GreenJoin Lori Alper and Lean Into Green to Discover How to Increase Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Going Green!  Sign Up Today! It’s free, and it’s powerful! 

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Natural Latex, Wellspring, Eco-Wool, Organic Cotton: Natural Bedding

Wellspring, Natural Latex, Eco-Wool, Organic Cotton, Natural BeddingYou won’t want to miss this Green Talk! Terri Treat has been handcrafting natural bedding since 1981! Join us at Lean Into Green Online Education Series. Terri is going to talk about natural bedding materials, their sustainable harvesting practices, and the many advantages to using these natural products in our homes. 


Natural Latex, Wellspring, Eco-Wool and Organic Cotton Did you know that polyester pillows have over 900 chemicals in them? Most of these toxic chemicals are used to make polyester fire retardant, it is a petrochemical product!  Learn how you can live with naturally fire retardant fibers like Eco-Wool, and Organic Cotton made with household levels of Boric powder.  Allergic to Latex? Not Natural Latex made without chemicals! These natural fibers are also antimicrobial and hypoallergenic.

Wellspring™ fiber is a soft, fluffy revolutionary new fiber generated generated from two liter soda pop bottles.  You are contributing to keeping our oceans clean and reducing landfill when you use this product.  It is one of our most popular on GreenWomanStore.com.  Eco-Wool is so toxin free that Terri is even particular about the veterinary care of the sheep!  And, you will learn why organics are really cheaper.

Terri Treat is the owner of Cotton Cloud Futons which she opened in Portland, Oregon in 1981 when she was just 17 years old. Terri also has a new Eco Mill and manufacturing company, Natural Felt. This work of providing natural bedding to families is a labor of love for Terri because it allows her to do good work for the planet while benefiting her local community.

Terri employs a diverse range of people, partnering with small businesses, and donating to organizations like “In Other Words Feminist Resource Center.”  Terri is proud to say that all her bedding products are made by hand, with an emphasis on natural materials and renewable resources that are harvested in sustainable ways.

Join Terri Treat and Lean Into Green to Discover How to Increase Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Going Green!  Sign Up Today! It’s free, and it’s powerful! 

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Women’s Voices for the Earth – Our Health. Our Future. Toxic Free!

Women's Voices for the Earth at Lean Into Green With Erin SwitalskiAre air fresheners toxic for your family? What’s in your feminine care products? Is your Musk Fragrance disrupting your hormones?  Join us for Erin Switalski from Women’s Voices for the Earth to talk about their top 10 tips for reducing toxic exposure.  Videos and recipes for making your own products and saving money, and your family’s health!

WVE’s campaign to get Tide to reformulate its laundry detergent and leave the carcinogens out is one of her amazing success stories. Listen in for healthy tips, recipes, and ways that you can join her campaigns for change – as simple as opening your email!

WomensVoicesForTheEarthHere are some of the questions I asked Erin about her work at Women’s Voices for the Earth:

Q. Are connections being made between hormone disruptor chemicals in our cleaning and beauty products and breast cancers, early onset puberty, Endometriosis, and infertility?

Q. Many of the Products marketed to women of color, such as skin lighteners, hair relaxers and dyes, contain some of the most toxic chemicals on the market and are known cancer-causing agents.  How does this toxic exposure contribute to their higher burden of chronic disease?

Q. Can you tell us about the unique role women play as advocates for change and how we can get involved with Women’s Voices for the Earth?

Erin Switalski is Executive Director of Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national organization that works to eliminate toxic chemicals that harm women’s health by changing consumer behaviors, corporate practices, and government policies.  Their vision and work is for a world in which all women, our families and communities live in a healthy environment, free from toxic chemicals that adversely impact our health and well-being.

Sign Up! Lean Into GreenJoin Erin Switalski, Women’s Voices for the Earth, and Lean Into Green to Discover How to Increase Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Going Green!  Sign Up Today! It’s free, and it’s powerful! 

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My Plastic Free Life: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit with Beth Terry

Beth Terry at Lean Into Green Online EducationWhat is your “Plastic Footprint?”  Step by step you can create a plan to reduce toxic chemicals, live more plastic free, and create less plastic waste. Join us today at Lean Into Green and hear how it’s not just sea birds who are eating plastic! The hardest part is doing the research, and Beth Terry has done it for you!  Learn to reuse glass jars and save money.  Use your voice for change: In 8 months, Beth Terri convinced Clorox to make recyclable Brita filters!

Coastal Clean Up at Lean Into Green Living a Plastic Free LifeBeth says, “Living with less plastic is really not as hard as it seems, but our awareness of disposable plastic in our lives can be transformative. To that end, I threw down the gauntlet last May and invited Fake Plastic Fish readers to collect and tally their own plastic waste for a week and upload the results to a new Show Your Plastic Trash web site. How can we know where we need to go if we don’t know where we are to begin with? Solving the plastic pollution problem will require more than individual personal actions. But individual actions and personal awareness are essential for creating the kind of world in which we want to live and the impetus to spark bigger actions.”

What are my goals to live my plastic free Life? (And they can be your goals too!)

  • To reduce the need for new plastic since petroleum is a non-renewable, polluting resource, and the production of plastic wreaks havoc on our eco-system.
  • To keep existing plastic out of our waterways and landfills where it can cause further harm.
  • To limit our exposure to toxins that can leach from certain types of plastic.
  • To educate others about these issues so that our actions can have a farther-reaching impact than those of a single individual acting alone.

Beth Terry is an author and a blogger. You may know her blog “My Plastic Free Life.”  She educates us all on how to live without generating plastic waste, cool plastic free innovations, and much more.

Sign Up! Lean Into GreenJoin Beth Terry and Lean Into Green to Discover How to Increase Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Going Green!  Sign Up Today! It’s free, and it’s powerful! 

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Fair Trade and Handcrafting Justice at Lean Into Green

Katherine Leonetti at Handcrafting Justice with Lean Into GreenDiscover that Fair Trade means developing through trade vs. aid-based policies. Sign up Here for Day 12 of Lean Into Green’s free online education series. Hear how education improves environmental stewardship.

Shopping Fair Trade is actively and positively affecting lives with education and training, helping these artisans to expand, grow, and give back.  Morally responsible shopping means asking questions! Discover how handmade products are keeping traditional skills alive!

Fair Trade work provides economic opportunities, supports personal development, and nurtures the entrepreneurial spirit to effect positive, long-lasting changes in the lives of hard-working women.

From toys and décor to jewelry and handbags, Handcrafting Justice brings high-quality products designed and handmade by thousands of skilled artisans in safe, clean worksites located in 20 countries around the globe. The women set the prices for the goods themselves, and we pay upon receipt, meaning that payment is guaranteed for each artisan. In turn, we share their stories and market their handcrafts in the U.S.

Katherine Leonetti is Marketing Manager at Hand Crafting Justice. They provide access to Fair Trade markets for unique, handmade goods created by enterprising women in the developing world. These artisans are working to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Hand Crafting Justice offers far more than Fair Trade: they promote human dignity by empowering women to overcome social and economic injustice.

Handcrafting Justice believes passionately in the dignity and unique value of each person, and seeks to empower those who have been marginalized by society. Headquartered in New York City, HandCrafting Justice is led by a professional board of directors with expertise in finance, retail, marketing, and law.

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Dr. Asoka Bandarage at Lean Into Green Online Education

Dr. Asoka Bandarage at Lean Into Green Online EducationHere is the story of Wholeness! On Day 10 of Lean Into Green, Dr. Asoka Bandarage has gathered for us, the connections between all things human and environmental.

Our health, wealth, and happiness go hand-in-hand with sustainable development.  She speaks of our growing consciousness of interrelatedness, and our collective economic dilemma and environmental survival.  Listen, and be encouraged by the unsustainability of dualism as we move from domination to partnership, with each other and with the earth. 

Dr. Asoka Bandarage is an Author, Professor, Researcher, and Policy Analyst.  She has most recently authored “Sustainability and Well-Being: The Middle Path to Environment, Society, and the Economy.” She has taught at universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

In the l980’s, Dr. Bandarage spoke about a Feminist World View and Global Agenda for Peace and Development.  Her research interests include social philosophy and consciousness; environmental sustainability, human well-being and health, global politics and economics, ethnicity and gender, population and social movements, and South Asia.

Listen in and hear about a well-being that includes the physical, mental, spiritual, and environmental — for the larger community – the world!

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Morra Aarons-Mele at Lean Into Green Online Education

Morra Aarons-Mele at Lean Into GreenDid you know that women drive social media!  Morra Aarons-Mele is igniting social action with The Mission List and  Women Online.  Join us on Day 9 of Lean Into Green free Online Education Series.   Learn how diverse groups of women are mobilized by social media, and how we are the key to a sustainable future at all levels.

We women connect online over life’s big and small questions. We hang out in eco-systems online, and we turn to the web for community. Traditionally, as caregivers, we have less diversity in our social networks. But with an online network, we connect personally and professionally. So, we have access to the world!

Morra Aarons-Mele is an Internet and Social Media P.R. expert, and the founder of Women Online and The Mission List.  She introduced Hillary Clinton to her first Internet Chat, and in 2004, she served as Director of Internet Marketing for the Democratic National Committee for the Obama Campaign. And we know how successful that was!

Morra is a work-life advocate, and blogs on women,  politics, work,  and entrepreneurship.  She is using your Internet Marketing and Social Media skills to help women and our businesses influence social change.

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Judy Grahn at Lean Into Green Online Education

Judy Grahn at Lean Into Green Online EducationJoin us on day 7 of Lean Into Green Online Education. Judy Grahn talks on the subject of Women’s Spirituality: We Must Go Back to Go Forward Sustainably.

Judy says, “We make greener choices when we have ways to really identify with Nature.”  Grassroots and academic women have been developing Women’s Spirituality for 40 years — a history that looks behind the curtain of patriarchal times.  Women centered knowledge has been suppressed in the interest of men developing their own sciences.  Now, it’s time for women to step forward again.

“Women’s Spirituality is the practice of connecting with, and being in relationship with, what is imminent and energetic in Nature.” You will gain a sense of where we might go and how we might change from a materialist and mechanistic view to a much more contemporary world view, one where everything is imminent and in process.  Science of all kinds is moving in the direction of a women-centered way of being.  Women’s Spirituality is spreading out into our culture in many different ways.  Learn about an online curriculum that includes Archeo-Mythologists, Dancers and Artists.  Judy closes this interview with her “Common Woman” poem.

Judy Grahn is a poet and author. She is one of the Founding Mothers of the Lesbian Feminist Movement in the United States. Judy co-directs the Master’s course in Women’s Spirituality at Sofia University. This is a two-year women-centered program which meets online throughout the academic year,and for three residencies held on campus in beautiful Palo Alto, California. Graduates use their degrees as a catalyst for change in themselves, in their communities, and in the world.

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Charlene Spretnak at Lean Into Green Online Education

Charlene Spretnak at Lean Into GreenJoin us today, on Day 6 of our free Lean Into Green Online Education. Charlene Spretnak will talk about her newest book, Relational Reality: New Discoveries of Interrelatedness that are Transforming the Modern World.

In 1970, Earth Day ecologized religion and our thinking, and now climate change has us connecting even deeper.  Profoundly corrective and unexpected scientific discoveries are documenting a relational reality that is both new and ancient.  Physiology, healing, our I.Q. , and reality, are all now believed to be relational.  Strong evidence for hope that a change in our thinking, and a sustainable future, are both possible!

Charlene Spretnak helped to co-found the Green Party Movement in the U.S. with her 1980’s book, “Green Politics.” She is an Author and Activist, and has been named one of Britain’s “100 Eco-Heroes of All Time.” Charlene writes on the subject of Dynamic Relatedness.  She has written 8 books on this subject, and we are very happy to have her join Lean Into Green as we talk about “Going Green” as a lifestyle, and all that that encompasses.

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