About to Bloom – The High Road

The “high road” is one of those brilliant rhetorical turns of phrase that simultaneously depicts a useful metaphor and manipulates an audience. Politicians love to tag legislation with similar flourishes that practically guarantee passage of something like the No Child Left Behind Act, because who could possibly vote to leave a child behind?

Similarly, no one […]

By |2023-09-04T12:14:15-04:00July 29th, 2023|Our Environment|

Practicing Sustainability in Every Respect at the Berkshire Food Co-op

In another installment of our Plastic Free July features, we’re putting the spotlight on the sustainability work being done at the Berkshire Food Co-op in Great Barrington, MA. Their approach to both environmental awareness and the business model itself is deeply embedded in the needs and well-being of the community as a whole.

Their strategies aim […]

By |2023-09-04T12:14:54-04:00July 21st, 2023|Our Environment|

Rural Center Refillery Brings Eco-Friendly Options and Sustainability to the Pine Plains Community

“A small step forward.”

That’s how Corey and Nicole Clanahan, owners of the Rural Center Refillery in Pine Plains, NY, describe their business’ mission.

“One thing we’ve come to learn about the store, ourselves, and community members is that everyone can do so much,” Corey says. “It’s a big impact on a smaller scale.”

The idea for Rural […]

By |2023-09-04T12:15:46-04:00July 14th, 2023|Our Environment|

Plastic Free Alternatives For the Household

The start of this month officially kicked off Plastic Free July. What initially started as a charity organization based in Australia has expanded into a global challenge to forego single-use plastics for the entire month of July, and ideally, forever.

The background of Plastic Free July

According to their website, Plastic Free July “provides resources and […]

By |2023-09-04T12:16:22-04:00July 7th, 2023|Main Street Recommends, Our Environment|

Forests of the Northeast and Climate Change

For at least 15,000 years, we residents of planet Earth have been living in a relatively stable and warm world. Before that, five ice ages came and went. “Glaciologically speaking,” the BBC’s online Science page tells us, we are experiencing an “interglacial” age, defined as such because the Arctic, Antarctica, and Greenland still exist – […]

By |2023-09-04T12:22:20-04:00April 5th, 2023|Our Environment|

A Naturalist, Naturally

Naturalist. It is a word synonymous with the great observers of nature like Charles Darwin, E.O. Wilson, Maria Sibylla Marien, and Henry David Thoreau. A title reserved for the history books when the natural world was uncharted and misunderstood. It is time to throw out that silly notion.

A new generation of naturalists

Technology has always been […]

By |2023-09-04T12:17:00-04:00February 6th, 2023|Our Environment|
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