Category: Individual Activism

Community solar is for everyone

If you want to save money on your electric bill and are interested in supporting the growth of renewable energy in Illinois, you should sign up for community solar!

Students strike for more climate action

A Q&A with Jelena Collins, an organizer of the Earth Day Student Strike Protesters will meet up at Buckingham Fountain in Chicago for the strike on Earth Day, April 22 at 2:30 p.m. Learn more and sign up to attend! The following is an edited email conversation between editor Jane Goldenberg and Jelena Collins. JG:…
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How I learned to love my laundry Part II

How I learned to love my laundry Part II By Leah Sorini A few easy procedures can make all the difference to making your laundry more sustainable. An important first step is to sort your clothes into blacks, whites, warms and cools, according to How to Love Your Laundry: Sort your smalls, save the planet…
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How I learned to love my laundry

You save water, energy and help your clothes last longer, which, of course, prevents you from buying more.

COP26 showed me our climate crisis is a social crisis

COP26 showed me our climate crisis is a social crisis By Jelena Collins Attending COP26 — the UN’s 26th convention on climate change — in Glasgow, Scotland last fall was one of the best experiences of my life. I had never been in an environment where everyone was equally if not more passionate than I…
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McDonald’s climate pledges: More show than substance

Are McDonald’s climate pledges for real? I’ll be watching! By Robin Weller I stopped creating resolutions for each new year more than 25 years ago because I never seemed to follow through. In this new year of 2022, I am not making a resolution; I am making a declaration: I will follow up on McDonald’s…
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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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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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