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The Ethical Activist Book Group: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

This review is part of the Ethical Activist Book Group reading list. Past books include Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour, Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything and Unbowed by Wangari Maathai. Read along and join in the conversation with us at any time.  In these dark times, how do we hold onto hope? As the prospect of irreversible climate change bears down upon us and even many of the most progressive governments dither, continuing to

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Ethical Activist Book Group: Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

This review is part of the Ethical Activist Book Group reading list. Past books include Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything. Read along with and join the conversation at any time.  What can one person’s story tell us about the problems in the global economy? Actually quite a lot. Especially when that one person has a story like Wangari Maathai. Wangari Maathai was born in the early 20th Century in the

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The Ethical Activist Book Group: This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Today’s post is this year’s second book from the Ethical Activist Book Club. You can find the reading list for 2017 here, and you can find the first review in this series here. Read along at your own pace, and add your thoughts to the conversation in the comments on each post at any time of the year.  If there is one thing that we learn from Naomi Klein’s This Changes

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2017 Ethical Activist Book Club

As the world teeters towards the brink of ecosystem collapse, politics worldwide is swinging far to the right and undermining social safety nets, and the US is threatening to fall into neo-nazism, it has become abundantly clear that 2017 must be the year that we step up. No longer can we blame our governments for not doing enough. Citizens need to become active and take back our power. Every single

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Ethical gifts to inspire, play and learn

This thoughtful gift guide was compiled by Leah Wise and original appeared on her ethical fashion and lifestyle blog Stylewise.  Clothes are great, but it’s safe to say I’ve accumulated more than enough. I’m fortunate to get nearly two weeks off of work around Christmas time, so I’m always looking for games, books, and other activities to enjoy as I savor long stretches of free time. In light of that,

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Elephants in Crisis

This blog primarily focuses on fashion and lifestyle and the ways that we reduce the impact and contribute to systemic change. I don’t often focus on some of the critical issues in environmental conservation. But these topics are worth keeping in mind. So when I had the opportunity to share Stephanie Villano’s well written article on the elephant population, I thought it would be something that we all might enjoy.

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Leadership resources for the sustainable fashion advocate

Too often leadership is defined as someone who leads from a position of power. The CEO, the politician, the head of your local charity. It is a form of leadership from which women are often poorly represented. Of course we need more women in these leadership positions, but there are also many men and women who don’t aspire to be leaders in this way.  Does this mean that they have

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The Guide to Sustainable Textiles is here

Consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of their clothing. Films and campaigns such as The True Cost movie and Detox Fashion are bringing the environmental impacts of the fashion industry to the fore. It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the fact that the textile industry is the world’s second most polluting industry, second only to the oil industry. This increased awareness has lead to an increase in

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Sustainable business needs to be financially sustainable too

I’ve been thinking at lot about business and finance lately. My husband and I are changing our home loan over to a customer owned bank which doesn’t invest in fossil fuels or make other environmentally harmful investments. It also doesn’t profit gouge it’s customers like the commercial (shareholder-owned) banks do. But it still needs to make profitable investments so it can continue to service it’s customer base and offer affordable

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Talking to your little ones about human trafficking

[pinterest] Following on from my post last week about the Parative Project, I thought you would be interested in this lovely little book about human trafficking. Conversations With My Daughter About Human Trafficking is written by Stephanie Hepburn, a journalist who has written extensively on the topic of human trafficking and who coauthored the book Human Trafficking Around the World: Hidden in Plain Sight*. She is also the founder of Good Cloth, the online

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