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Is Your Environmental “Glass” Half Empty, or Half Full?

April 5th, 2011

Is Your Environmental “Glass” Half Empty, or Half Full? By Diane MacEachern NABBW’s Going Green Expert Are you hopeful about the state of the world, or filled with despair? Japan\’s nuclear disaster is only the latest in a string of environmental catastrophes that might make anyone question whether we\’re doomed. I\’m normally a “glass half full” kind of person. But after almost four decades of working as an environmental activist, I can\’t help but wonder: “Are we making a difference?”  After all these years of public... Read More

Fill Your Heart with Organic Chocolate

February 12th, 2011

Fill Your Heart with Organic Chocolate by Diane MacEachern NABBW’s Going Green Expert Any day is a good day to eat chocolate as far as I\’m concerned. But on no day is it so special as on  Valentine\’s Day, when heart-shaped boxes full of cocoa-based delicacies can keep people (well, me) happy pretty much all day. That\’s particularly true if the cocoa is produced organically. Cocoa powder is derived from cacao seeds that grow in pods on the cacao tree. The tree\’s botanical name, Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods,” nomenclature with which... Read More

Why Climate Change Matters to Women

November 29th, 2010

Why Climate Change Matters to Women by Diane MacEachern, NABBW’s Going Green Expert Solutions to climate change are usually discussed in terms of what\’s best for business or politics. But what about what\’s best for those who have the most to lose as climate change worsens: namely, women, especially those living in the poorest regions of the world? A new report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Women\’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) says that “women are disproportionately vulnerable to environmental changes.” The statistics... Read More