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MAPS-James Michel
It’s a long way from the equatorial islands of Seychelles to the frigid expanse of the North Pole. But what happens in the Arctic affects us all, and this former Seychelles president knows it. James Michel was president of Seychelles from 2004 to 2016. Since stepping down, he founded the James Michel Foundation to focus on blue economy (sustainable use of ocean resources) and climate change. He is the author of “Rethinking the Oceans: Towards the Blue Economy”. Seychelles’s 105 islands are especially vulnerable to rising sea levels which areRead More
business-spread love-ILOVEYOUPASSITON
Shawn Jason is being the only person he knows how to be and keeps finding new ways to share love with the world. Parvati Magazine had the pleasure of connecting with him to learn more about his new business, ILOVEYOUPASSITON, which sells gear with a positive attitude – t-shirts, hoodies, stickers and cards saying “I Love You, Pass It On” – to to spread love around the globe while raising funds to help the homeless and hungry. Parvati Magazine: Is ILOVEYOUPASSITON your main income or a side gig? How didRead More
Community - James Thornton-ClientEarth
One of the most important environmental protection tools available to us today is the law. Lawyers who dedicate their training and talent to keeping water clean and land unpillaged, and holding corporations and governments responsible, can be powerful changemakers for a healthy world. Led by James Thornton, ClientEarth is a team of activist lawyers who work with the values of possibility, boldness, creativity, adaptability, transparency and strategy to protect Nature for the sake of all. We spoke with Mr. Thornton about meditation, love for Nature, and the future of theRead More
From the remote, forbidding icy reaches of the Arctic to the lapping tropical waters around the South Pacific islands, we are all connected. The loss of ice in the Arctic, called a “death spiral” by scientists, is linked with sea level rise that threatens to engulf these islands. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa knows what is at stake. Having repeatedly called on world leaders to take action to stop the Pacific Islands from drowning, he has become the first official signatory of the Marine Arctic Peace SanctuaryRead More
Earth-loving social entrepreneur and inspirational speaker Clare Dubois is the founder of the TreeSisters campaign, a quickly-growing network of women who support “the radical reforestation of our planet”. Treesisters has the goal of planting a billion trees every year in the tropics, where trees grow more quickly and sequester more carbon, in order to help stop climate change. We spoke with their founder. Parvati Magazine: What inspired you to start Treesisters? Clare Dubois: I used to work as an intuitive medium for environmental changemakers. I was working with Project GreenRead More
Bona-eco flooring-green business
In 1979, long before sustainability was a buzzword, the flooring industry leader Bona introduced waterborne hardwood floor finishes, providing an alternative to the typical toxic urethane-based finishes. Recently, Bona achieved zero waste manufacturing at their North Carolina, USA facility. Parvati Magazine spoke with Randy Kostick, director of supply chain and operations at Bona US. We explore the roots of Bona’s commitment to green business, eco flooring and ongoing environmental sustainability. Parvati Magazine: Why are waterborne finishes important? What are the core values inspiring your sustainability and how have those valuesRead More
MAPS-arctic shipping-arctic ocean
With Arctic sea ice melting at an alarming rate, commercial shipping interests seek to capitalize on the Arctic Ocean’s vulnerability by turning this last and most pristine of the Earth’s oceans into a major shipping highway. There is no greater threat to the survival of humanity than the loss of the polar ice caps and the destabilization of the Arctic Ocean. But instead of taking action to protect the Arctic Ocean, the Canadian government has introduced legislation that anticipates increased shipping traffic, and consequently hastens the demise of life-giving ArcticRead More
World Ocean Observatory
The ocean ecosystem is the one system that connects us all, wherever we are on the planet. The World Ocean Observatory was created by Peter Neill to provide a universally accessible internet space for information and education about the ocean. Their goal is to connect all people through the sea. We interviewed Founder and Director, Peter Neill, to find out how their incredible volume of information is effecting change, and about an exciting new interactive game in the works! Parvati Magazine: What is the World Ocean Observatory? Peter Neill: TheRead More
Zero waste lifestyle? Is that really a thing? A few years ago I would have said impossible, at least for those of us living a western city lifestyle. Today I would be wrong, as more and more businesses are offering real options to reduce waste and live more lightly on the earth. Lauren Singer, author of the Trash is for Tossers blog, is a champion for the zero waste, package free lifestyle, and famous for fitting four years of her trash into a single mason jar. Lauren’s blog and YouTubeRead More
In 2011, writer and director Josh Fox and activist actor Mark Ruffalo were on a mission to stop fracking in New York State. Ruffalo had read that in 2009, Stanford professor Mark Z. Jacobsen had proposed the feasibility of a nationwide transition to one hundred per cent renewable energy. Financier Marco Krapels brokered a meeting between them and The Solutions Project began. They use scientific research, financial proposals and celebrity power to get the word out that all fifty US states can be one hundred per cent renewable-powered. Parvati MagazineRead More