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A Day Without a Woman – Weds March 8

A Day Without a Woman – Weds March 8

How does one make an impact on “A Day Without a Woman”? In trying to puzzle this out, I consider many of the roles I have played and currently play. Who does it hurt? If you’re a mother of young children, you can’t very well “strike” and leave toddlers unfed, babies undiapered. Sure, some women might have the luxury of dumping the kids on some male, but when my kids were small that was simply not an option. It was…

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Coming soon: Joanne’s new novel

Coming soon: Joanne’s new novel

What if our economic forces were designed to work in partnership with Nature rather than against her? What if our economy promoted the best of human nature — our collaborative, caring and nurturing aspects. What if economic sectors were designed to work in harmony with each other, mimicking a supportive ecosystem? What might such an economy look like? Whatever Comes Next the new novel in the Legacy series Coming soon from Joanne Poyourow Click for more info  

Are you taking care of the Resistance?

Are you taking care of the Resistance?

You are one of the most precious assets we have. And by “we” I mean people who view a healthy environment, human rights, and a positive legacy for future generations as a moral obligation. These current political times demand activism for the long haul. That means we must tag-team, each of us taking our turn in the marches and demonstrations – which unfortunately may be our constant mode of operation for the next 4-8 years. The fight for these meaningful…

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What you can do about the environment right now

What you can do about the environment right now

ECM has long been a source of positive environmental news and proactive solutions — about many environmental news, but particularly about global warming. Right now, this week, is a disheartening time for those who care deeply about our environment and human survival. But I encourage you to tap into what you CAN do… Seven ways you can keep fighting for justice in 2017 by Ijeoma Oluo A video reminder that you are not alone: we are the 80% SHOW UP…

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How to keep fighting – the 2017 version

How to keep fighting – the 2017 version

It’s a new year. But even moreso, it’s a completely new era. The ground rules have all changed – from what is fact, to what is science, to what is news – to the point that many of us hardly know which way is up. In the midst of all this turmoil, there have been a few articles which really helped me solidify my own direction. One of these is a thoughtful, well-considered post by Ijeoma Oluo, “7 Ways you…

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Solidarity, Resistance, Resolve and Resilience

Solidarity, Resistance, Resolve and Resilience

What next? Certainly we are all watching national headlines in shock and horror. Most of the things that matter to us most – from climate action to human rights to the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution itself – are in serious jeopardy at this moment. I remember back in 2000 when dismaying election results began rolling in. A dear friend pointed out to me that when the going gets tough, activists get tougher. We get moving. We take action.

Grassroots solutions to global warming

Grassroots solutions to global warming

ClimateSolvr is a program that connects you with grassroots climate solutions. It helps you discover what you can do about global warming in your own life. And it helps you transform those new, lower-carbon practices into habits – your new pattern of approaching the world. ClimateSolvr helps you connect with the joy and satisfaction of a life well-lived.

Demain: A delightful vision for tomorrow

Demain: A delightful vision for tomorrow

Looking for a delightful pick-me-up?  The trailer for the French film Demain is just that. The topic is inspiring, about all the good things going on in the world. And even the soundtrack will tempt you to skip for joy. This is happy-times feel-good stuff. Here’s Rob Hopkins’ interview of Cyril Dion, the filmmaker, which is nearly as inspiring as the trailer.

Global warming ACTION smartphone app

Global warming ACTION smartphone app

What if there were a smartphone app that helped you adopt low-carbon lifestyles? What if your phone reminded you with fun little tips each day … and nudged you toward greening your lifestyle and lowering your carbon footprint? One of the hardest things about greening our lifestyles is that we need habit change.  Habit change can be hard, because – well – we’re already in the habit of doing things the old way.

What you need to know about social media vs. social change organizations

What you need to know about social media vs. social change organizations

ECM is a small organization, and I spend most of my time organizing change-making projects and events for the general public.  When I post to social media, I strive to make it really high quality stuff. You won’t get news about the latest pop stars, and we don’t do $ promoted posts.  I don’t post often, but when I do, I’ll share info about ECM events and projects, or a link to some wonderful article I’ve found about how someone is…

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