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May 12, 2017

This week, CBS Los Angeles aired a segment about Nestlé’s Arrowhead water bottling operation in the San Bernardino National Forest after a recent roadside protest by local activists brought the issue back to the media’s attention. Unfortunately, the network’s representation of this story was heavily skewed in Nestlé’s favor and failed to represent these activists...


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Published on May 12, 2017 11:06 • 2 views

April 23, 2017

The Great Lakes Basin straddles the border between the United States and Canada, encompassing the largest surface freshwater system on Earth; only the polar ice caps contain more fresh water. At a time when a lack of investment in public water infrastructure has led to disaster in nearby Flint, Michigan, opposing the rise of corporate ownership over water...


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Published on April 23, 2017 12:12 • 2 views

April 22, 2017

Junk mail is one of those annoying problems that everyone shares. In fact, the average American receives 40 pounds of catalogs and other junk mail every year! That’s a lot of paper. After it shows up unwanted in our mailboxes and clutters our homes, over 40% of that mail is sent to the landfill completely unopened....


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Published on April 22, 2017 14:50 • 2 views

April 3, 2017

As Annie says in The Story of Stuff, one of the good things about a systemwide problem is that there are so many points of intervention! Here are one dozen ways you can make change: Join with others! It’s true that we should strive to make responsible day-to-day choices, but individual action alone will never...


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Published on April 03, 2017 14:38 • 5 views

March 22, 2017

The Great Lakes Basin straddles the border between the United States and Canada, encompassing the largest surface freshwater system on Earth; only the polar ice caps contain more fresh water. At a time when a lack of investment in public water infrastructure has led to disaster in nearby Flint, Michigan, opposing the rise of corporate ownership over water...


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Published on March 22, 2017 12:12 • 2 views

March 6, 2017

Last month, we asked our Community to share their perspectives at the beginning of a new U.S. presidential administration. We wanted to get your input on where we should focus our efforts, how much we should prioritize different strategies, and more generally, how our Community is feeling. We were extremely grateful to receive over 10,000...


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Published on March 06, 2017 16:18 • 4 views

February 28, 2017

It’s often the case with big, woolly environmental problems that the first solutions to emerge are technical quick fixes or individual ‘consumer’ interventions, rather than systemic interventions. It’s easier to change a lightbulb than to build a sustainable energy system! Microfiber pollution is no different. On our Facebook posts for the past several weeks, Story...


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Published on February 28, 2017 14:44 • 3 views

February 24, 2017

Rewind six years to 2011. I was on a sailboat with a team of maverick researchers from the 5 Gyres Institute trying to answer a simple question about plastic pollution: “How much is out there?” On expeditions covering each of the world’s major oceans, we sampled the water at various depths every 50 nautical miles,...


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Published on February 24, 2017 15:38 • 4 views

February 22, 2017

We’re delighted that you’re interested in our new movie on plastic microfibers! We’ve compiled a few resources to help you learn more about this issue. Please note that while our staff did not participate in these research efforts ourselves, we stand behind their respective findings. The research presented in these papers shows that estimated 1.4 million...


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Published on February 22, 2017 10:54 • 5 views

February 8, 2017

Walking down a steep, overgrown Forest Service access trail in the San Bernardino National Forest, I focused on holding my footing in the five inches of snow still clinging to the ground from a storm the week before. Normally, I would wait for better conditions, but I eagerly navigated the switchbacks, rocky terrain, ice, and...


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Published on February 08, 2017 15:18 • 5 views

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