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Profile: Sarah A - 7th Gener

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Thought I would start profiling people who work at 7th Gen. Good people, making things happen. Sarah A, our internal newsletter producer, is up first...WR

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Bottled Water

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Author: scienceman

It is not my intention to nag or blame bottled water drinkers, but it is my intention to create a more eco-conscious and aware consumer. If we want to turn around the way things are going on this earth, we need to take responsibility for our own actions and be more thoughtful when making choices. I can understand bottled water.

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Vermont Carbon Diet Design session

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Spent the last day in a half, working with a group of Vermont NGO's and companies to think about how Vermont companies can play an active role with the NGO and government community to help educate people to change their behavior and reduce their CO2 footprint.

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Change It: You're on the Hot Seat Campaign

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Today the Change It program ran their "You're on the hot Seat" Global Warming campaign in Washington DC at

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Accidents Happen

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Author: Lara Petersen

Here's my latest cross-post from the Change It blog :

"A truck hit the pole with the internet connection for the whole neighborhood. - kfj"

This is the message I got earlier today from Katie Flynn-Jambeck (my Greenpeace counterpart at Change It, also known as “the whirlwind in the red skirt”).

So apparently campus is sans webnet. That means no interweb for students to do any final research before the big event on Capitol Hill tomorrow. No magic box for them to confirm the contact info for their local media, so they can follow up on the pitching done about the direct communication that will be happening. And worse yet - no way to blog!!!

So all you've got now is me, again. And I'd like to take this moment to say how excited I am to be here for a second year. Seeing the culmination of the simulation known as "Sweet River" today, and how much everyone learned and took away from the last few days... I'm just so grateful.

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Changing It With Larry Bell

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Here’s a cross-post from the Change It blog from 2007 participant Alicia Kowsky, a junior at the State University of New York at Geneseo

Yesterday we had a speaker from the National Coalition Building Institute. Larry Bell has worked with the coalition in the DC area for many years. He opened up his presentation with a story about himself. He explained how he grew up in DC thinking that people didn't respect him because of his race. His mom use to tell him not to go into the nice neighborhoods because the police would ask him to leave. Larry explained that he never bought into the prejudice story and as long as he didn't give into assumptions about racism he was able to live free of oppression.

Larry related this story by telling us that a large part of oppression is caused by internalizing it. Someone will say something to make us feel guilty about some part of our personality and if we choose to brew over it instead of move on from the unkind words, then we let them have the power to control our emotions. He conducted an activity to make us appreciate others' differences. He moved past the boundaries of professionalism to help us bond as a network. The activity consisted of him naming a category, maybe different nationalities, religions, or hometowns. If we identified with one of the categories, he had us stand up. Everyone in the room would cheer and clap for us to set the tone of appreciation and approval. When you were standing you could nothing but smile because everyone was cheering you on. There was such a great amount of energy in the room that many people were moved enough to share really intimate details about themselves and feel accepted for them.

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What in the World is Going On?

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Author: the Inkslinger


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I’ve been rolling elsewhere lately, but the world’s been rolling on, and it’s high time to play a little catch up and see what’s been happening as it has. Though the “save page as” command and a bulging virtual folder on my hard drive have pretty much replaced my old-fashioned scissors and the mound of newspaper and magazine cuttings they used to create, I still call them “clippings,” and here’s my latest batch:

Glycol ethers are in the news. Say what? I know… There was a time when I hadn’t heard of ‘em either. But they’re pretty nasty and a new survey of ingredients in cleaning products has found them in a ton of popular brands, which, to use a technical term, sucks dust bunnies.

Speaking of conventional “cleaners,” (and man, there’s a misnomer if ever there was one) a new study on those you spray says they’re linked to asthma. The study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine arrives in fairly incomprehensible science-speak so I’ll bottom line it: The more you use them the harder you’ll find it to breathe.

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Speechless in DC

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Author: Lara Petersen

Here's the first of the week's cross-posts from the Change It blog.

It’s here! It’s happening! And suddenly I’m at a loss for words – I’m not sure how to best share the Change It experience with those of you who aren’t with us in DC this week.

I so badly want to paint a picture with my words, so that the people who are not with us can almost imagine that they are. So that you can all feel the inspiration, become engaged by the teachings and dialog, lift your spirit with a new found hope, and maybe make some new friends along the way.

But then I realized, I’m not the one who should be telling this story! I’m just a lucky bystander. Who am I to recount to you what the 200 Change It 07 students are experiencing?

And so, instead, you’ll be getting the students’ stories. We have some great blogs already from enthusiastic Change It participants who sent us their entries before we were even ready to post them!

I’ll still be checking in of course, but for now it occurs to me – why paint a picture with words when you can just snap one? And so for this first “week-of” blog, I give you some photos from the first few days of Change It. I think that, for now, we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Changing It Even As We Speak

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So this is the big week for our Change It program. 200 participants are gathered in Washington to hear from some leading voices in the progressive community and learn how to organize, advocate, and agitate. For those of you unfamiliar with Change It, it’s an idea we cooked up with Greenpeace to help send ripples of action out into the world and plant seeds of change in cities and towns all over the country. Here’s how we described the whole thing on the Change It web site:

The Change It program is an all-expenses-paid week of grassroots educational training in Washington, D.C., July 20 to 26, led by the experts from Greenpeace and other progressive organizations. Building on last year's success, the program will teach 200 dedicated full- and part-time students, ages 18 to 24, how to take on the toughest global challenges of our time.

Change It provides an opportunity for student leaders already committed to protecting the environment, leading social change and taking action to learn the skills and tools they need to become effective leaders. Students will emerge from the program ready to engage in the efforts necessary to prevent global warming and address the most critical issues facing their generation.

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Finding Peace

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I am a pretty obsessive do-er. Waiting at the airport, in the car if I’m not driving, when I wake up, and before I go to sleep, I read. The computer on my desk (this one, in fact ) is like a magnetic force that draws me to it whenever it catches my eye. The phone does the same thing. (And it’s worse now that I have a new i-Phone but more on that some another time). So does the radio, which I prefer over the TV.

But somehow, when I am at the beach, it is effortless to do nothing but stare out across the waves into the sea. Or to lie down curled up in the warm sand and sleep. Or to walk with no destination or purpose.

There is a magical force for me that being near the ocean never fails to provide. A force that draws me to it whenever I am near. For endless hours, I can sit and stare. Sit, and sit and sit some more.

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