Go Local cause Distance is Costly

Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) and its predecessor, the Ladakh Project. She is the author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh and co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals such as The Ecologist, Resurgence, and YES! magazine. Norberg- Hodge’s ground-breaking work in the Himalayan region of Ladakh is internationally recognized, and earned her the Right Livelihood Award.

A particular focus of Norberg-Hodge’s is the impact of the global economy on culture and agriculture and in particular the root causes of our social and environmental crises.

Reforestation Refreshment

Guayaki Yerba Mate

Guayaki Yerba MateGuayaki Yerba Mate is an uplifting beverage and an excellent way to let your dollar signal your support for responsible ecology.

Yerba mate (yer-bah mah-tay) is made from the naturally caffeinated and nourishing leaves of the celebrated South American rainforest holly tree (Ilex paraguariensis). For centuries, South America’s Aché Guayakí tribe have sipped yerba mate from a traditional mate gourd for its rejuvenative effects. These rainforest people find tremendous invigoration, focus, and nourishment in yerba mate.  The leaves of the rainforest mate tree naturally contain 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, abundant antioxidants.


Slow Money – National Gathering

Slow Money - National Gathering

Slow Money national gatherings are quickly emerging as a significant new venue for field building, investing and social change. More than 1000 people from 34 states and several foreign countries attended our first two national gatherings, and more than $4.25 million has been invested in 16 of the presenting small food enterprises. Since last year’s event at Shelburne Farms, Vermont, 11 local Slow Money chapters have begun investing around the country.


Green the Sporting Green

San Francisco Giants - Greening MLB

San Francisco Giants - Greening MLBThere’s a lot of energy and (typically) waste at college and professional sporting events, but a new trend in professional sports is to be more environmentally conscious. Just like other business sectors it’s becoming obvious in sports that the benefits are robust, from saving thousands of dollars on energy, waste, and water bills to creating new sponsorship opportunities and enhancing brand value with corporate social responsibility in addition to the feel good environmental benefits for fans, employees and shareholders.

According the NRDC website,

They’ve (professional sports) teamed up with NRDC to examine everything ranging from their purchasing decisions to transportation choices, energy use, and waste management policies, looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact. And they’re encouraging fans to do the same online and in their stadiums and arenas.

NCAA Sports are getting behind green events and the NRDC is also participating in the Green Sports Alliance, a forward looking alliance of Professional Sports Franchises committed to improving their environmental performance.