Mapping Global Campaigns for Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice - Almost All The Truth 

Do you have an interest in global environmental justice? Do you wonder about what communities are doing worldwide to stand up for themselves in cases of ecological conflict?

This is quite fantastic…

Mapping ecological conflicts - EJ Atlas 

Across the world communities are struggling to defend their earth, air water and resources and their livelihoods from damaging environmental impacts. Mining projects, mega dams, tree plantations, fracking, gas flaring, incinerators, etc … As resources needed to fuel our economy move through the commodity chain from extraction, processing and disposal, environmental impacts are externalized onto the most marginalized populations. But all this takes place far from the eyes of the consumers of the end-products. The EJ atlas aims to make these impacts more visible and to make the case for true corporate and state accountability for the injustices inflicted through their activities.

This Atlas collects stories from around the world of communities struggling for environmental justice. It attempts to serve as a virtual space for those working on EJ issues to get information, find other groups working on related issues, and increase the visibility of environmental conflicts.

These maps take a look at communities who are/were in the midst of an ecological conflict. These are cases of the real battles – the success, the failures, and the ongoing campaigns – against issues of pollution, water rights, land conflicts, climate change, natural resource extractions, and more. The environmental justice atlas allows us to explore color coded issues from severe mercury poisoning in Japan to hazardous waste landfills in the U.S. and a lot more in between.

You can filter the map by all sorts of criteria (category, resistance, impacts, to name a few) or explore by country, company (Shell has a lot of conflicts under their name for instance), commodity, or type. Or simply start clicking.

Certainly not every campaign is included, but this has been quite an undertaking. A collaborative process over several years, the project’s aim is to determine underlying causes of increasing ecological distribution conflicts at different scales, and how to turn such conflicts into forces for environmental sustainability.

I encourage you to go check out the Atlas of Environmental Justice and share it far and wide! Once you’ve explored a bit, come back and tell me if you learned anything interesting!



15 Years to Global Change

15 Years To Change - Almost All The Truth

15 Years…


15 years. A game changing set of time. What can possibly be accomplished over 15 years with the right tools, circumstances, and mindset? Global change. Bill and Melinda Gates just released their Annual Letter and have settled on a set of expectations to meet within that 15 year timeframe.

That’s where change comes from…

In 15 years… Half as many kids will die, far fewer women will die in childbirth, and people will live healthier lives because we’ll beat many of the diseases that sicken the poor.

Annual Gates Letter - Disease

Africa will be able to feed itself.

Annual Gates Letter - Agriculture

Mobile banking will help the poor radically transform their lives.

Annual Gates Letter - Banking

Better software will help all kids, no matter where they live, receive a world-class education.

Annual Gates Letter - Education

 At this point, you may have some thoughts on whether you think these key points are the top priority in development, whether they can be accomplished within the relatively short time given. The last, crucial factor is going to be creating Global Citizens. Many of you are already. 

Annual Gates Letter - Global CitizensI believe the next 15 years is going to take a whole lot of listening. Start now. Continue when you read the Annual Gates Letter. Then consider raising your voice as a Global Citizen


Listen: Word for the New Year

 Almost All The Truth - Happy New Year

New Year, New Start

I like the idea of fresh starts and new beginnings. I like the idea that I can wake up every day and make different choices, be more present, be more conscientious, be better. It is important to me to have ideals and to strive for them, even if I fail and fail again. The point is in the process, not in the product. I don’t beat myself up for shortcomings, real or perceived, but that doesn’t mean I give in to them either.

I like the reflections at the end of one year and the openness to which we greet the new year. How you frame the new year’s start is up to you. I like to consider a theme, a word, and work toward being a better me under this theme, instead of straight resolutions. This year I chose listen.

Word of the Year: Listen 

do you know how to listen? can you listen well?

do you know how to listen without preparing your reply?

listen to your gut

listen to your heart

listen to yourself

listen to me

listen for just a minute

listen for hours

listen to music

don’t listen to what everyone else says

only listen to those who encourage you

listen to your parents, your teachers, your elders, your boss

listen to advice from those who’ve walked this path before 

listen with an open mind

listen with an open heart


listen, i have something to say

Many thoughts race through my mind when I think of the word listen. For now my intentions are to work on listening without preparing my reply. To listen deeply to my family and hear what they say with their words and what those words left unsaid. To listen to all sides without rushing to argument about what I think I know already, to be open to new information. To listen to myself about what is true, what brings me peace. I think if I begin here, I will be in a better place come the end of year reflections.

What do you hope for the new year?


Holiday Gift Guide Round-Up

Almost All The Truth - Holiday Giving 2014

‘Tis the season of giving. The holidays are just around the corner and it can be hard to find the right gift while staying true to your eco-friendly values. Luckily I have a lot of great green friends who have created holiday gift guides for everyone on your list this year!

Living Consciously Holiday Gift Guide 2014 – A great list of non-toxic, healthy gifts that anyone would love to get! Features gift ideas for kids, anyone, and stocking stuffers.

Green Child Magazine’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide – Featuring gift ideas for the whole family from tiny babes all the way up to mom and dad, plus it even includes our furry friends!

Unique Gift Ideas and Eco-Inspiration this Holiday Season – A seriously comprehensive guide, plus links to other gift guides and inspiring gift ideas too!

2014 Non-Toxic Holiday Shopping Guide from Women’s Voices for the Earth – From one of my current favorite non-profits, this guide includes tips and resources for finding safer products, and top non-toxic gift picks.

Green(er) Gifts for the Gardeners on Your List – This guide has some very thoughtful ideas for those new to gardening and those who have expert green thumbs already!

10 Inexpensive Kitchen Gadgets to Give Your Favorite Cook – For anyone hoping to make their kitchens a little greener without breaking the bank!

Greener, Safer, Better Gifts for Home & Hostess – This is the list for gifts to have on hand for truly anyone. 

Retro Housewife Goes Green has three great green gift guides: For HerFor Him, and For Kids.

Groovy Green Livin also has a couple of great holiday gift guides up: Top 10 Favorite Family Board Games and 15 Tech-Free Gifts For Tween Boys.

Not finding anything yet? Consider shopping with one of the businesses on my Eco-Friendly Products page. 

What is on your list this year (whether you plan to give or hope to receive)?



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