I'm really lucky. I have a circle of friends and acquaintances who care about stuff. Like, really, REALLY care. Whether the "stuff" in question is about education, the arts, social justice, feminism, health, local business, politics, animals, the environment, or beyond, these friends actively engage in supporting their causes and spreading the word.
I love checking my email, Facebook, or Twitter and sharing in their passions. I love having an awareness of important issues. I love celebrating our successes. I love knowing that I'm not the only one who is angry. I'm reassured that, ideologically, I'm not alone.
It's great, but it can be a lot to take in. When I rely only on the information that is being presented at me in this way, it can also mean that I lose a lot of important issues in the shuffle of things. My strategy for this is to have a handful of "informers" that I turn to on a regular basis to check in on issues that I care about. This flips the dilemma in such a way that it gives me the power and control over what I'm interested in consuming. I'm still very much interested in all that is being "shared" with me, of course, but I don't *rely* on casual shares to stay informed.
When it comes to issues on the ENVIRONMENT, some of my go-to sites are:
environmental news and social responsibility issues on the internet. And, we do so in a way that is engaging and easy-to-understand. As opposed to scientists, activists or experts—MNN is designed for the rest of us—everyday people who simply want to make our world better.
Tone: Thoughtful, thought-provoking, inspiring
Behold the geep! Rare goat-sheep hybrid born in Ireland
Tone: Emphasis on advocacy and access to involvement
Energy East pipeline is all risk and no reward for Kenora residents
global emergency of the climate (energy / population / democracy / justice) crisis and the unprecedented threat posed RIGHT NOW to the survival of most life THIS century. ecoSanity advocates for EMERGENCY worldwide mobilization at EMERGENCY (world war-time, survival or mass extinction, transwarp) speed to restore our rapidly destabilizing global climate to the safe balance that allowed us to evolve.
Tone: Urgent, crises, emergency
Greenland Ice Sheet Melt and the Global Climate EMERGENCY
We collaborate with Canadians from all walks of life, including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work.
Our mission is to protect the diversity of nature and our quality of life, now and for the future.
Our vision is that within a generation, Canadians act on the understanding that we are all interconnected and interdependent with nature.
Tone: Hopeful, provides clear ways for readers to take action, however simple it may be
You can help bring back monarch butterflies
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