Melissa V

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Author - After a 40-year career in communications and education, Melissa morphed into an eco-activist, starting with her university and congregation. She co-chaired and achieved the Green Sanctuary Certification (from gipl.org - Georgia Interfaith Power and Lights), and also spearheaded a weekly 3Rs newsletter. In addition, she created the congregation's recycling program in order to reduce the purchase and use of plastic and styrofoam. She also developed an education-based “No-Waste Banquet” event and zoom courses titled “What is Biomimicry” and “Empowering Women and Girls to Address Climate Change” based on Paul Hawken’s book DRAWDOWN. Melissa has spoken at public hearings on illegal landfills and coal ash leaks, discussing issues with diverse stakeholders such as senators, local councilors, and newspaper distributors about, what she terms "those dang plastic wrappers getting in the creek!"

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Companion animals in the climate crisis: How pet owners can reduce their environmental impacts

Companion animals in the climate crisis: How pet owners can reduce their environmental impacts

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Pet ownership doesn't have to be so tough on the planet, according to new UBC research. "We should be...
400-year-old 'Muga dhambi' is one of the largest and oldest corals in the Great Barrier Reef

400-year-old ‘Muga dhambi’ is one of the largest and oldest corals in the Great...

The massive coral colony "Muga dhambi" is one of the largest and oldest of its kind in the Great Barrier Reef. (Image credit:...
An underwater forest of sculptures attracts marine life in the Mediterranean Sea

An underwater forest of sculptures attracts marine life in the Mediterranean Sea

Environmental activist and artist Jason deCaires Taylor specializes in site-specific sculptural artwork that’s installed permanently underwater and reflects modern themes of conservation ....
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Time to cut the grass. Again! Wreathed in the toxic fumes of a high-polluting mower engine, your head reels. Still, it’s clear enough...
Refrigerants explained: How supermarket fridges can help the planet stay cool

Refrigerants explained: How supermarket fridges can help the planet stay cool

Shutterstock Gorodenkoff Close Authorship Authors’ note: Ratio Institute taps Presidio Graduate School ’s students and alumni for sustainability research in the food industry....
Australia’s Big 4 Banks To Stop Lending To Thermal Coal Mining & Coal Fired Power Plants

Australia’s Big 4 Banks To Stop Lending To Thermal Coal Mining & Coal Fired...

Murdoch is upset — the major Australian banks will no longer lend money to the big carbon emitters. His flagship “Australian” newspaper carries...
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