Do Animals Have Culture?

Updated | October 9, 2023

Whales communicating and spreading animal culture.

Culture is what defines a society: it’s a collection of our shared beliefs and behaviors.

But diverse cultures aren’t only found within human societies – it’s becoming harder to ignore the role they play in animal populations as well.

From chimp societies to animals as unrelatable as fruit flies, animal culture is a certainty.

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How To Reduce Plastic Use Without Stressing Out

Updated | November 11, 2023

A happy person who's learned how to reduce plastic use in their life.

Plastic is one of the most controversial inventions of the 20th century.

There’s no end to the many uses it serves in our lives, yet, there’s a dark side to plastic that threatens our very existence.

So, how can we go about reducing the amount of plastic we use without disrupting our lives entirely?

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How To Avoid Microplastics: Easy Changes You Can Make

Updated | October 4, 2023

A person trying to figure out how to avoid a spoonful of microplastics.

We all know about cigarette butts, styrofoam containers, and plastic bags.

But, there’s also the hidden and growing danger of the breakdown of these plastics into smaller pieces.

Microplastics are now a part of our entire food web from plants to animals, so how much of a danger is this and how do we avoid them?

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The Pros & Cons Of Pesticides: Should We Be Pesticide Free?

Updated | July 1, 2023

A plane crop dusting a farm with pesticides, one negative aspect of the pros and cons of pesticides.

Pesticides are in pretty much all of our food.

Some may be harmless, while others have been linked to various cancers and neurological disease.

And it’s becoming almost impossible to know which is which, adding another layer of confusion to our global food system.

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Monoculture Farming: Is Monoculture Good Or Bad?

Updated | September 25, 2023

Rows of identical plants, typical of monoculture farming operations.

Modern meals rely on modern farming – a complex network of specialized producers that often go unnoticed.

In order to enjoy such a diverse range of foods, monoculture farming is employed all around the world, covering vast swaths of arable land.

Monocrops boost efficiency through tight controls, but these perks come with significant environmental costs..

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How Is Silk Made & What Ethical Alternatives Exist?

Updated | June 29, 2023

A silkworm moth knitting a sweater made from silk.

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, known for dressing Jackie Kennedy, said that “silk does for the body what diamonds do for the hand” – a fancy way of saying “it’s shiny”.

But the parallels don’t stop there.

Silk has also funded political and corporate empires, exploited labor forces, and has a powerful marketing budget presenting it as a historical display of opulence.

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What Is Whaling & How Can We Help Them Recover?

Updated | October 19, 2023

A whaling vessel cruising the open seas with a whale right underneath.

Whaling numbers have been in rapid decline worldwide since the 1960’s.

And yet, populations of whales aren’t rebounding like they should be – and they aren’t expected to for decades to come, if ever.

Whales have the power to change our climate, promote biodiversity, and even teach us about ourselves; making their shrinking numbers a top priority for conservationists.

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How Can Traditional Ecological Knowledge Help Our Climate?

Updated | June 7, 2023

An indigenous person using skills learned from traditional ecological knowledge.

Humanity is currently grappling with the challenge of promoting justice and equity alongside our fight against climate change.

And a big part of this has to do with creating a platform for indigenous voices and their valuable generational knowledge.

But what exactly is traditional ecological knowledge – and how can we best preserve and honor the insights of native communities?

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Climate Grief: Can Feelings Of Loss Inspire Climate Action?

Updated | August 31, 2023

A person struggling with feelings of climate grief, brought on by a keen environmental awareness.

Climate grief is the natural response of anyone paying attention to the death of our planet’s biological systems.

For many of us, it’s hard to ignore – and in most cases, that’s how it should be.

Both physically and metaphorically, we are experiencing loss on a scale never faced by humanity, and it’s only reasonable that we should feel some grief about it.

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7 Climate Tipping Points You Should Be Aware Of

Updated | November 3, 2023

A meter showing how close we are to reaching various climate tipping points.

Climate tipping points are a confusing topic for most.

How much can the average person really help stop or slow down climate change?

Let’s go over some of the most pressing tipping point examples, and talk about how they may impact you.

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What Is Ecotourism & How Can It Be Improved?

Updated | July 23, 2023

A person enjoying a bit of ecotourism by visiting and petting a friendly tortoise.

Understanding the very real benefits we all stand to gain from our natural world is also one of the best ways to protect it.

Ecotourism is on the rise as our climate changes, and it also happens to be a great way to encourage positive interactions with nature.

But, there are issues with many popular ecotourism destinations that need to be examined more closely.

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