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Spotlight: Natalie Lynn starts a YouTube channel

Spotlight: Natalie Lynn starts a YouTube channel Editor’s note: This post is part of a new series in which we will highlight and celebrate the environmental work of our Climate Reality Leaders. Please share your story with us at climaterealitychicago@gmail.com. By Natalie Lynn Lichtenbert Environmentally Fashionable/Globally Healthy was borne out of my desire to create…
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Why so much plastic: Consumer demand or corporate supply?

Why so much plastic: Consumer demand or corporate supply? By Silvia Harkenrider Every morning I look forward to a fabulous cup of fair trade coffee mixed with oat milk and toasted Ezekiel bread, topped with vanilla-flavored organic almond butter. I love adding local honey and cinnamon to both, but what I don’t love is the…
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Composting Part II: In Apartments

Composting Part II: In Apartments By Alex Parker You might be thinking, well, I live in an apartment; composting isn’t possible. Perhaps! Perhaps not. “Sometimes people will get discouraged about composting because they only know it as a big pile in the back yard, and that’s not a possibility for them,” says Moira Kelley, co-founder…
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GOTV: Our Climate Reality Leaders at Work

Our Climate Reality Leaders at Work to Get out the Vote By Jane Goldenberg Three of our chapter members — Don Viecelli, of Arlington Heights, Lynnea Wolfe and Audrey Young, both of Chicago — who trained online this summer, share their experiences with the Sierra Club Battleground States Campaign, which is targeting more than a…
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You don’t need a big yard to start composting

You don’t need a big yard to start composting By Alex Parker Like many American families, my family struggles with food waste. From neglected produce to avocados that roll to the back of the fridge, it seems a lot of what we buy at the grocery store doesn’t end up on our plates at all.…
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The fight against General Iron is about environmental justice

The fight against General Iron is about environmental justice By Linc Cohen Climate Reality Chicago is working with a coalition of climate-action groups to amplify a battle by Southeast Side environmental groups aimed at keeping General Iron, a scrap preparation company and serial polluter, from relocating into their backyard. We are asking our members who…
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Newly Trained Leaders: Four in Focus

Newly Trained Leaders: Four in Focus By Jane Goldenberg While more than 60 people from our area completed their online training in July 2020, four agreed to be profiled: Oluwaseun Alawode, 32, an account payable specialist and entrepreneur from Chicago, Linda Kurtz, 54, an environmental engineer from Wilmette, Natalie Grimaldi, 38, from Logan Square and…
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Local Companies That Value Sustainability

Local Companies that Value Sustainability By Alex Parker (Disclosure: Alex contributes pro bono PR work to EarthPaint, and previously worked with Hero Power.) With climate change an unavoidable issue, more companies are committing to sustainable practices. Whether it’s Microsoft pledging to draw down its emissions or the corner grocery store stocking more locally sourced products,…
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Six documentaries to rekindle your fire

Six documentaries to rekindle your fire By Alex Parker If you’re like me, you need a break from streaming TV shows that center around violent criminal enterprises. Perhaps you need something a little more uplifting. Or maybe something that reminds you of why you earned that little green pin in the first place. For me…
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“Planet of the Humans” Is a Big FLICC’er

“Planet of the Humans” Is a Big FLICC’er By Julie Sacco FLICC.  That stands for:  Fake experts, Logical fallacies, Impossible expectations, Cherry-picking, Conspiracy theories.  The chief strategies used by science deniers are all abundant in the movie “Planet of the Humans.” The mystique of Michael Moore The executive producer of this film, Moore is widely…
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