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Ecoholic update! New adventures ahead

September 21, 2017

You may have noticed my Ecoholic feed has been a little sleepy over the summer. Well, after 15 amazing years of writing for NOW Magazine every week, including 13 years of doing the Ecoholic column, I took the summer mostly off to reboot, play, meditate in the mountains of Guatemala, free my dad’s ashes in the… ReadPreviousNext Post

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Uncut: My interview with the director of Freightened on the true cost of shipping us everything

October 20, 2016

  Look around the room you’re in right now. Ninety percent of absolutely everything that surrounds you came by ship. What’s the big deal? Isn’t that better than coming by carbon-spewing planes? You’ll rethink that after seeing the documentary Freightened, screening this weekend at the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. I wrote a short piece on it with… ReadPreviousNext Post

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Earth Month Gratitude Project

April 18, 2016

Now that a growing chorus of birds are belting out interpretive covers of “Let the sunshine in” and spring is officially making its budding presence known, I figured it’s about time I should do the same. I’ve been laying low here in blogland since my dad passed away on Valentine’s Day. It was an emotional winter for my family. Letting go, saying… ReadPreviousNext Post

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Eight enviro trends to watch in 2016

January 6, 2016

Mark your calendars – 2016 isn’t just bound to be the hottest year on record, it’s also cooking up all sorts of (mostly) planet-friendly ideas Goodbye, paleo diet; hello, climatarians and reducetarians The New York Times recently talked up “climatarian” as a top new food term to describe anyone whose prime dietary goal is reversing… ReadPreviousNext Post

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Greenspiration: the top 10 most encouraging eco stories of 2015

December 23, 2015

Planet lovers aren’t always an optimistic bunch, but there’s reason to pause and appreciate this year’s many highs on the environmental front. 1. Pope’s planetary revolution The most consciousness-shifting moment of the year: pope Francis’s 40,000-word treatise Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home. He urged the planet’s 1.25 billion Catholics as well as world leaders… ReadPreviousNext Post

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Peace, love & burgers? Lessons from World Peace Day

September 22, 2015

For World Peace Day (September 21) the UN marked the annual event with calls for all warring parties to put down their weapons. Elsewhere, thousands gathered at 1,300 events around the planet to sit in silence and meditate for the cause. And Burger King, Wendy’s and Denny’s? Well, they combined ingredients from five different competing fast food chains in one giant burger for… ReadPreviousNext Post

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One earth, one family: why I’m marching for people and the planet this weekend

July 2, 2015

Somewhere on a small island in southern Greece I have a cousin, twice removed, that’s a retired Orthodox priest. That’s about as close to organized religion as I’ve ever gotten. That and the occasional church wedding or funeral. Though after reading the Pope’s encyclical on caring for our common home, I’m tempted to find a pew somewhere and give… ReadPreviousNext Post

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Happy Earth Week! Welcome to my new website!

April 22, 2015

Hey gang! Hope you had an awesome Earth Day! I figured there is no better day/week/month to launch my newly revamped website. It merges, and all in one cozy little corner of the web. There’s tons of stuff crammed under one green roof. Under Columns, you can follow the weekly Ecoholic column that I’ve been writing for… ReadPreviousNext Post