Money, at least in the United States, is indeed colored green, and it can be spent in a way that promotes sustainable practices, environmental initiatives, and just and fair treatment to all global citizens. By showing companies that you care enough about their ethics to especially (or especially not) invest in them, you can enact change and better business operations.
In my curriculum, I am constantly asked, “What makes a good leader?” The best answer I’ve heard so far is: “Someone who encourages others to lead.” Frances Beinecke may be the ultimate in this.
Everyone wears clothes, and most people wear clothes that were made by someone else, somewhere else. Clothes are wonderful: they keep us warm, help us express ourselves and enhance our self-esteem. Unfortunately, current global fashion is highly unsustainable, meaning its dependence on harmful chemicals, cheap labor, and inbuilt obsolescence is a hazard to people and the planet.
The tides of change are upon us. Nowhere is this more apparent than the actual changing tides that are starting to inundate U.S. states like Florida, threaten the safety of New Yorkers, and eat up the coastlines of states like Louisiana, and California.
Mike Tidwell is the Executive Director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), a nonprofit/grassroots organization based out of Takoma Park, MD, that is committed to combating climate change in the DC-Maryland-Virginia metropolitan area.