Global

Healthy Climate, Healthy People

Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall Samantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A ... Read More »

To Cool the Climate, Change Your Diet

Good Food Choices Enable Global Health by Judith Fertig Three years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit ... Read More »

The World’s Healthiest Cuisines

What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating by Judith Fertig Americans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish super-sized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have ... Read More »

Beyond Maria: Coming Together to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

Luis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, the publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico (PR) edition for the past 15 years, have a simple request: “Please help us rebuild.” Mendez and Sallabery are remarkable community leaders, having not only launched what is now PR’s No. 1 health and wellness publication, but also having originated and managed the most important annual health and ... Read More »

Transformative Travel

Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world. Declare Your Intentions Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating ... Read More »

Stand Up March for Science this Earth Day

Concerned citizens will unite on April 22 for a March for Science in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world to champion robustly funding and publicly communicating science for the common good as a pillar of freedom and prosperity. The group is calling on political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based standards in the public interest. The focus will showcase ... Read More »

Water Scarcity and Steps for Active Citizens

by Barry Wind and Jeremy A. Pearce Here in the mid-Atlantic, we enjoy, and maybe take for granted, our access to a healthy supply of clean water for drinking, bathing, watering our lawns. But around the world, 780 million people lack access to safe clean water. Two and half billion people lack access to adequate sanitation. Every 20 seconds a ... Read More »

Change Makers

Inspired to Act by Linda Sechrist “Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which ... Read More »

Everyday Sustainability

Practical Ways We Can Help Out the Planet by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko For many Americans, living more sustainably has become a natural part of their daily routine as they consistently recycle, eat healthy and use energy more efficiently. It’s just what they normally do every day. Every one of them had to start somewhere, growing their efforts over ... Read More »

The Adventure of Couchsurfing

Stay with Locals and Make New Friends  by Lisa Rosinky Daniel Sperry, a “couchsurfer” in his late 50s, decided a few years ago to quit his day job and make a living by performing cello music and reciting poetry in living rooms across the country. “I didn’t know it would become a catalyst for bringing communities of local people together,” ... Read More »