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As we work to process the realities of climate change, learning to manage our emotions around this crisis is crucial. But as climate disruption continues and increases, preparing for scenarios such as utility disruptions, local disasters involving floods or fires, or unseasonal freezing or heating can also help us move from panic mode into action mode. That’s where emergency preparedness comes in. Assembling a kit to help shelter in place, or a “go-bag” in case of disasters that require us to evacuate our homes, are both important, empowering steps to take.
Climate anxiety and eco-anxiety are very real for many of us. How can we process this grief and fear about the climate? Can we transform these into powerful tools for acting on behalf of the climate? Margaret Klein Salamon says we absolutely can. It’s not quick or easy, but doing this work may well be the most important step on the road to addressing the climate emergency. In this excerpt from “Step Two: Welcome Fear, Grief, and Other Painful Feelings,” Margaret Klein Salamon uses her psychologist background to explain how acknowledging and even embracing these feelings can help us keep from being controlled by them.
Plant-based cheesemaking has revolutionized the culinary world, offering a wide array of delectable options for those embracing a vegan or low impact lifestyle. Through the use of artisanal techniques and a dash of culinary creativity, talented cheese makers are helping to bring vegan cheezes to the forefront of food conversations
We have relatively little control over how our electricity is generated, except to lobby governments and power companies. But some of us have the option of taking things into our own hands by generating our own electricity. The conditions for that have never been better, and they will continue to improve.
Any population living beyond the capacity of its environment to sustain it is in overshoot. This includes humans, but with one important difference. People make and use artifacts of all kinds which massively amplify our demands on the environment through resource extraction, processing, manufacturing, distribution, use, and disposal. Hence, the capacity of the environment to sustain us depends on the population of both humans and what we make and use, and how.
When building diversity and inclusion practices in a workplace, how often do we identify where the majority culture’s customs have become the standard? In The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization, Crystal Byrd Farmer helps transform how organizations view workplace diversity to create a culture of belonging. Today, we take an excerpt on majority culture from the Token and how it demands those who fall outside the majority code-switch to fit in.
This is a great year for New Society Publishers titles and the Nautilus Awards, with four of our books receiving Gold and Silver awards!
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries…All these small fruits pack a big flavor punch, and are one of the most delicious signs of summer. In The Berry Grower, author Blake Cothron demonstrates that berries can be an amazingly productive, profitable part of your market or home garden, for a surprisingly low financial or land investment.
It’s Earth Day today! Widely considered to be the largest secular observance in the world, in its 53-year history Earth Day has mobilized and motivated over a billion people to stand up for our precious home.
Is another future possible? A more sustainable and just one? Peter A. Victor believes it is, and in Escape From Overshoot, he weaves together threads from a variety of disciplines to both paint a clear picture of where we are now, and lay out clear, proven ways we can work together to create a more attractive future than if current trends continue.
Congratulations Jacob Rodenburg – The Book of Nature Connection is a finalist in the Nature & Environment category for the 35th IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards!
With The Two-wheel Tractor Handbook, author Zack Loeks offers a strong case for these multi-use, efficient tools. To get you started, here are 11 benefits to incorporating a two-wheel tractor into your small farm, market garden, or home garden.
Using permaculture design techniques in your home garden can seem overwhelming – especially if you’re a new gardener, with a small space. With Permaculture for the Rest of Us, author Jenni Blackmore breaks these methods down into small steps anyone can take, and enjoy an abundant garden the first year! In this excerpt from the book, Jenni gives simple, practical instructions for growing four starter staple crops using simple permaculture ideas in any space, and provides the most important tips for any garden.
In Practical No-till Farming, author Andrew Mefferd provides a quick-and-dirty guide to transitioning your farm or market garden to no-till methods, including a comprehensive look at the many benefits to doing so. No-till is a great option for sustainable organic vegetable and flower farming, saving time, improving soil health, and much more. In this excerpt from “Part I: The Why of No-till,” Andrew gives an overview of the pros of no-till farming, followed in the book by detailed explanations of how to manage the transition.
In The Berry Grower, author Blake Cothron discusses why and how to maximize your berry and small fruit harvest – whether in your backyard, small farm, or as a relatively easy value-added product for your existing organic farm. In this excerpt, he makes a convincing case for adding small fruits and berries, whether you’re an experienced grower or a beginner. Converting your backyard from grass into fruit production is a very rewarding process. As well as harvesting household fruit, there is also the viable possibility of marketing excess fruit — as well as the seeds, cuttings, and fruit plants themselves. These products are high value and in-demand and can often be harvested from the same planting.