Northland Sustainable Solutions Blog
Let us bless the grace of water:
The imagination of the primeval ocean
Where the first forms of life stirred
And emerged to dress the vacant earth
With warm quilts of color.
The well whose liquid root worked
Through the long night of clay,
Trusting ahead of itself openings
In a recent article, two major pollutants found in the Mississippi River were shown and these two shed light on some of the basic ways we choose to live today. I was not at all surprised by lawn fertilizer making the list, but was surprised about the second pollutant.read more
Food glorious food. It is both nourishing and astonishing. Think about this…
At this moment nearly 50 million American’s don’t know where there next meal is coming from.
At this moment nearly half of America’s food goes to waste.
Approximately 30% of waste in landfills is green waste, which becomes methane gas. Listen to this PBS NewsHour report.read more
This article was published in the Star Tribune on May 2, 2016
By Mark Buchanan Bloomberg
Climate change: The psychology of inaction
Future threats are a mental blind spot for us — and they always have been — but there are ways to get around that.
People tend to fear spiders and snakes more than they do electrical sockets or fireworks, even though the latter present a far greater danger. This might help explain why humans have such a hard time seeing the threat of climate change.
Evolutionary psychologists argue that much of human behavior can be understood only…read more
The striking photos of the experience of climate change bring feelings of anguish and the accompanying words well, utter disbelief. A coral reef bleached white and lifeless, a mother polar bear and her lone cub on a small piece of ice surrounded by vast open seas, and morbidly obscene piles of trash through which children search for gain, are frequent photographic visitors to the screens of information consumed by millions.read more
Star Tribune Commentary by Tina Smith – December 23, 2105
Minnesota is already a leader in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, but we can — and certainly will — do even more.
Much of Minnesota has experienced springlike temperatures this December, often in the 40s. Warmer weather has become the norm; since 1998, the Earth has experienced 10 of the warmest years on record. And 2015 is expected to break last year’s record as the warmest yet.
This is why we all should be celebrating that nearly 200 countries have reached consensus on a plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The Paris Climate Agreement puts the world on a path to avoid the worst effects of climate change by keeping any increase in global temperature below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Gov. Mark Dayton and I strongly support bold action to tackle climate change. Doing so will be good for our environment, good for our health and good for our economy.read more
Paris and COP21 are behind us, but what lies ahead?
With much to be done, how do we go into the future confident that change is really possible?
Part of the answer to this question is, we go into the future with each other.
The agreements of COP21 are what many hoped for and what others fought against. They include some and exclude others. These agreements take into account some governmental concerns and leave others in shreds on the floor.
Northland Sustainable Solutions has invested itself in a confident future. This investment will once again be made evident on January 30, 2016 as local community members reconvene to hear from a panel of experts who were in Paris for the climate talks.read more
Our Friend to the North Has Set an Example
Truth be told, if a more beautiful spot exists in my heart on this planet than the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota and Canada, it would be hard to find. So, when Canada stepped up to commit to a 1.5 degree climate commitment at COP21, the elation was hard to contain. Canada, I have profound gratitude for recognition of the realities associated with anything greater than 1.5 degrees when other nations have chosen to ignore these realities. Finally, a country willing to step up for future generations. Thank you.
Karen Olson Johnson
Executive Director Northland Sustainable Solutions
The message is clear: global businesses and investors are committed to the low-carbon future. From iconic companies like Google, Apple, Mars and Ikea, to major financial institutions like Bank of America and Citi, the private sector is opening their wallets to turn ever-ripening clean energy opportunities into reality.read more