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In Praise of Water

In Praise of Water

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

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Coalition for Action – the Wonderbag

Coalition for Action – the Wonderbag

On October 19, 2016, Sarah Collins, inventor of the wonderbag, joined us for “The food we eat – the care we feed others.” The wonderbag is a solution for so many to the pressing issues of our time. Sarah’s passion for the women and children of Africa and her invention of the wonderbag has meant that thousands of women have been lifted out of abject poverty into lives of potential. In addition to being a social change mechanism, the wonderbag also positively addresses climate change. As a result of it’s use, less trees are cut down and indoor pollution from the burning of wood and coal has been and continues to be dramatically reduced. Northland Sustainable Solutions honored Sarah Collins for her dedication and tireless efforts  on behalf of women and children in Africa and our... read more
Food Glorious Food

Food Glorious Food

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.

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Climate Change: The Psychology of Inaction

Climate Change: The Psychology of Inaction

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…

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The Experience of Climate Change

The Experience of Climate Change

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.

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How tackling climate change will pay off

How tackling climate change will pay off

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.

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Paris in the rear view mirror… What Now?

Paris in the rear view mirror… What Now?

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.

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Canada shocks COP21 with big new climate goal

Canada shocks COP21 with big new climate goal

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

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