U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage at the DNC on Monday night and made it clear: “a president’s job is to worry about future generations, not the short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry.”

Our 2015 Passion for Pasta Food Waste & Sustainability Consumer Omnibus Survey* found that one in four Millennials consistently throws away food before it’s eaten and that Millennials are twice as likely to throw away their food as baby boomers. However, that same survey also revealed that four in five people have pasta regularly stocked in their pantry and rarely have to throw it away.

Our takeaway? When it comes to fighting food waste, pasta is an effective and delicious tool to have in your arsenal.

*The 3-minute, online, omnibus survey was conducted among a nationally-representative sample of n=1000 U.S. adults ages 18+ between August 7 and August 10, 2015. The margin of error for this sample is +/- 3.1% at the 95% confidence level.

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Whale sharks now listed as endangered

In a news release earlier this month, the IUCN revealed that increasing anthropogenic pressures (such as fishing and boat strikes) have caused the rapid decline of whale shark populations and that they should now be considered as endangered. 

Originally posted by b3n3aththesurfac3

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the world’s main authority on the conservation status of species. The IUCN Red List evaluates the extinction risk of thousands of species based on a precise set of criteria, and the resulting evaluation aims to convey the urgency of conservation of a species to the public and policy makers.

Previously, whale sharks were ‘vulnerable’ to extinction, but their status has now been updated to ‘endangered.’ Their numbers have more than halved over the last 75 years as these sharks continue to be fished and killed by ship propellers.

Dr. Simon Pierce and Dr. Brad Norman, two prominent whale shark scientists have spent decades studying the animals and have co-authored the assessment that led to IUCN’s update.

“In our recent assessment, it was established that numbers have decreased more than 50 per cent in three generations – which we estimate to be about 75 years,” Norman explained. “The numbers on a global scale are really concerning.”

The main stressor to these gentle giants is the intense fishing pressure in several countries, including China and Oman, especially for shark-fin soup. Some other nations such as India, the Philippines and Taiwan have started implementing conservation plans and have ended large-scale fishing of whale sharks. While these efforts are admirable, it is now really important to push for more regional protection in these countries and to push other countries to try to save this species.

Originally posted by ijustlovesharks

Whale sharks have been hard to study and to keep track off as they are quite cryptic and disappear into the open ocean fairly quickly. However with the use of modern technology and tagging devices, it has become a lot easier to follow them, collect information on them, but also to realize what kind of threats they are facing. 

The species is just one step away from being critically endangered, an IUCN listing that is very hard to come back from.

We cannot sit back and fail to implement direct actions to minimize threats facing whale sharks at the global scale,said Norman, “It is clear that this species is in trouble.”

Originally posted by creatures-alive


Artist Alison Moritsugu creates spectacularly painted logs to show us nature is in trouble. She paints these nature landscapes on tree trunks that mimic the art styles of 18th and 19th century to juxtapose the idyllic images of nature with tangible results of her destruction. Moritsugu’s art is supposed to remind people that nature isn’t just there; it has to be protected.


This abandoned, half-built futuristic ‘eco-city’ looks like it’s on a different planet

Masdar City, located in the Arabian desert, was slated to be the world’s most sustainable city. Abu Dhabi officials had plans for it to be a city with zero carbon emissions, zero waste and zero cars.

But construction has been slower than expected and current plans suggest that only half of the city’s power will be renewable. And as of now, only around 300 people live there.

French photographer Etienne Malapert documented the buildings, streets and plazas for Masdar City, in awe of the loneliness he felt walking around the silent streets.

Check out the rest of his photos in our full post.

When in drought: dry-farming in California, no water needed

Will Bucklin doesn’t water his crops. It’s that simple. 

Instead, Old Hill Ranch bypasses artificial irrigation, and relies on seasonal rainfall and working the soil in such a way that it holds on to water for the drier months. 

“The hardest part about dry farming is actually convincing people it works,” Bucklin says. “But in places like Spain, France and Italy, pretty much everybody dry-farms.”

Irrigation has even been banned in parts of Europe to preserve the quality of certain grape varieties. But in California, where irrigation is now the norm, dry farming has become a forgotten art.

Photos: Charlotte Simmonds for the Guardian (1), Michelle Davidoff/Handout (2)


The Hobbit House + The Undercroft Simon Dale

The Hobbit House is a house Simon Dale built for his family in Wales. It was built by himself and his father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. Four months after starting they were moved in and cosy. After building and living in The Hobbit House they left it for the woodland workers passing through the location. In 2009 they finally bought their own place, a 7 acre piece of land as part of the Lammas Ecovillage in West Wales.  The opportunity to really be somewhere, to integrate their basic needs of shelter, energy, food and a livelihood now has a permanent place to take root and grow.  Being creative with what is available; minimising energy and pollution; and careful observation is their basic approach. So far they have built a small house, the Undercroft; a workshop and barn.  Tree planting, pond creation, vegetable beds, fruit, composting and animals are the beginning of a self reliant, resilient and biodiverse home.

  • Images 01-05 + 08 Hobbit House
  • Images 06-07 The Undercroft

Images and text via Being Somewhere additional images via SFG

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Preparing the meat that we raised together as a family.
July 11th 2016
Atlanta, Georgia

This is our fourth year of running our backyard rabbitry. Our rabbits are cared for and loved. We have a great admiration and respect for the animal. Before we butcher our rabbits my children have learned to say, “Thank you for being here for us and for making us stronger, we will not waste your meat, you are now a part of us.” The children do not have any problems with the harvesting of the rabbits they help raise. They are excited and feel like they are contributing to the family. We believe this makes them more confident growing into the people they will become and more respectful to the environment they are growing within. There is something that has changed within us since we began raising our own meat. There is an understanding that is gained by being responsible for the lives that we end so we can continue. We are tighter as a family because we shoulder the reality of understanding how much dies to keep us alive. Past experience in sharing these particular endeavors that we engage in as a family lead me to believe that many of you reading this may find it unsettling, to say the least. We only ask that you try to understand that we are choosing not to participate in factory farmed meats. The meat that we harvest and eat in our house has been loved or, if hunted, has lived a real life.

We hope our latest family blog post finds you doing well and in the present moment with an open mind.

Most respectfully,