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Chicago’s lakefront: A source of deep pleasure and rising unease

Chicago’s lakefront: A source of deep pleasure and rising unease By Leah Sorini Nov. 22, 2021 Whether it’s a muggy, July morning and the lake is dotted with boats and swimmers or a brisk November afternoon and leisurely walkers of all ages pass me by, their dogs gleefully leading the way, one of my favorite…
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Chicago’s Tree Canopy Needs Nurturing

Photo: Inside Graceland Cemetery on Chicago’s North Side. Chicago’s Tree Canopy Needs Nurturing We must save our mature trees By Karen Daiter | November 14, 2021 Editor’s Note: Ald. Andre Vasquez, Jr., (40th) introduced a resolution in the Chicago City Council that calls for the Department of Streets and Sanitation to reinstate the treatment of…
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How to shop sustainably for clothing

Shop sustainably for clothing By Leah Sorini Recently, I wrote about ways you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) when shopping for food. I soon wondered where else might I make changes. With a bit of research, I discovered that fashion has a comparatively large carbon footprint. “Nearly 20 percent of global waste water…
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Clean up litter with purpose!

The Zero Waste Warriors Litterati challenge By Madeline Stanton When I joined the Zero Waste Warriors, an initiative of Climate Reality Chicago, my first opportunity for action was an in-person cleanup (masked and socially distanced). Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to join on that day. I realized we needed a way for people to participate in…
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How to Shop Sustainably for Food

How to shop sustainably for food By Leah Sorini As I’ve incorporated changes to my lifestyle that might benefit our environment, I’ve often wondered if online shopping was the more or less sustainable option. Once I started researching, it became clear that the answer was not so simple. Much depends on how you order and…
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A grandma’s journey to a plant-based diet

A contribution to our ongoing series, “What We Eat.” By Cynthia Linton I grew up on meat and potatoes – along with a cooked fresh vegetable or two (not crazy about those) and a sweet dessert. I think that was par for the course in the ’40s and ’50s. It wasn’t until 1992 that the…
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The Courage of their Conviction

The Courage of their Conviction What it was like on the frontlines protesting Line 3 Tarragon, along with several other members of our chapter, participated in a direct action while at the Treaty People Gathering in northern Minnesota in early June to protest the relocation and expansion of the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline…
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To protect the sacred, stop Line 3

Putting it all on the line to protect the sacred water June 27, 2021 By Jane Goldenberg When I arrived at Pure Bliss Ranch on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota for the Treaty People Gathering in early June, I immediately felt a shared sense of our righteous cause, and the anxiety I felt…
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Eating the Rainbow

Eating the Rainbow By Emily Murphy My curiosity about not eating meat began at a very young age. I always felt a connection to animals — I was always bringing home stray dogs and cats — and I liked eating the rainbow. When I finally connected the dots of where my food comes from, I…
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