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Trained to fight for our climate

Trained to fight for our climate A longer version of this article previously appeared in The Trapeze, the newspaper of Oak Park and River Forest High School (Oct 30, 2020) By Elizabeth Short At the end of July, I had the opportunity to join people from all over the world at Vice President Al Gore’s…
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Celebrate Thanksgiving the sustainable way!

Have a sustainable Thanksgiving! By Alex Parker With families and friends coming together to celebrate Thanksgiving – in small, socially distanced groups, hopefully! – it’s time to think about how to make your celebration healthy and sustainable. While Thanksgiving is a good time to bust out the good china, if you’re using disposable plates and…
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Team up for action!

Team up for action! While we’ve all been hunkered down, many of us are also gearing up for action. Together as teams, we have the opportunity to pool our knowledge and resources for elevated, powerful outcomes. Our two global online leadership trainings brought 95 newly trained leaders into our chapter this summer! And climate-concerned citizens…
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How to have a green Halloween: Simple tips for tricks and treats

How to have a green Halloween: Simple tips for tricks and treats Editor’s note: With this post, we begin a new continuing series on living sustainably. By Alex Parker One of the scariest things about Halloween is how much waste it creates. From cheap one-off costumes, an endless supply of candy wrappers and multitudes of…
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Help save the monarch butterfly in Illinois

Help save the monarch butterfly in Illinois By Natalie Lynn Lichtenbert While 2020 has been a difficult year for so many reasons, it was a monumental year for monarch butterflies in Illinois. It was the year that the Monarch Action Plan went into full operation, and, quite honestly, it has been my saving grace during…
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How I overcame my fears and presented for “24 Hours of Reality”

How I overcame my fears and presented for “24 Hours of Reality” By Emily Murphy When I attended The Climate Reality Project training in July, I didn’t know much about the program. And when we went into breakout rooms to discuss how we would present “Truth in 10” to various audiences, I thought to myself,…
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24 Hours of Reality: Presentations by our Climate Reality Leaders

24 Hours of Reality: Countdown to the Future Public Presentations by our Climate Reality Leaders Sign up for one of the presentations by our Climate Reality Leaders and learn more about our climate crisis and how to transform our energy economy for the good of all the ecosystems and animal life on our planet, as…
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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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