Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Information Overload

Mindful Echo is overwhelmed.

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:

Mother Nature Network: Improve Your World

With a goal of providing the most accurate and up-to-date news and information available, we cover the broadest scope of 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

The Council of Canadians 

Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization, mobilizing a network of 60 chapters across the country. Through our campaigns we advocate for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care, and a vibrant democracy. We educate and empower people to hold our governments and corporations accountable.

Tone: Emphasis on advocacy and access to involvement


 Energy East pipeline is all risk and no reward for Kenora residents : See Act Inspire 

ecoSanity's focus: The clear, present, accelerating 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

  David Suzuki Foundation: Solutions are in our nature

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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Betsy Escandon said...

I admire you staying so well-informed. I find it hard to stay on top of any type of news these days. These are great resources.

Mindful Echo said...

Thanks! It's an effort and I'll readily admit that I'm not checking these sites daily...but when I have the time and interest, they're more reliable than an FB share (usually).

Green Bean said...

I need to bookmark this post for some of those sites! I read Mother Nature Network but the other two, need to add those!

Christy said...

EcoSanity is a new one for me. Thanks for the link!


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