Financial Education and Mangos are a Perfect Match at FinMango

financial education and mangos
To Scott Glasgow, founder of FinMango, financial education and mangos go together really well. As he explained during a recent conversation, there’s a lot of distress around money. People tend to tune out when the topic of money comes up. Combining this colorful fruit with financial education is a way to lighten up a serious topic and bring a little fun to money management. Glasgow believes that teaching people to be financially savvy is a gift that will keep on giving throughout their lives. After graduating with a Masters in Financial Management, Glasgow decided that ...

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Despite Setbacks, Drawdown can help us meet our Paris Climate Targets

Drawdown
The past year has seen some startling setbacks for the United States in terms of climate action, from the rollback of EPA regulations to the decision to pull us out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In spite of these actions, we can look to grassroots efforts for inspiration and tools to help us move toward the sustainable future we want. Drawdown is one such toolset. Before I talk about Drawdown, I'd like to note in particular that pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement may prove to be the most useful decision Donald Trump has ever made. Don't get ...

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Crusade for Healthy Soil is Building Momentum On the Ground

healthy soils
Farmers, ranchers, ecologists and community champions are spreading the word. Healthy soil produces more food, retains more water, reduces erosion, and provides better rangelands for animals. Soil is a crucial building block for all natural resources and we need to do a better job of taking care of it. The idea for healthy soil has been brewing internationally and nationally for some time. In 2016 at the Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, 32 nations agreed to the 4 per 1000 initiative calling to increase carbon content in the top 40 cm of their soils by 0.4% ...

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Every Plant and Rock Holds the Secret of Desert Wildflowers

secret of desert wildflowers
In the desert there are secret treasures waiting to be discovered like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Tucked away between mysterious geologic formations and barrel cactus the sunbaked hills tell the secret of desert wildflowers if you listen closely. It's a best kept secret that only the locals - such as the lizards and crooked-spine Yucca can tell. A wildflower is "A flower of an uncultivated variety or a flower growing freely without human intervention." By this definition, every plant in the desert should be a wildflower. How these delicate creatu...

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Quite Simply, Earth has a Greenhouse Gas Problem

earth has a greenhouse gas problem
Earth has a gas problem. To many, this is old news. To some, it's confusing news. To a very small minority, it's fake news. To let it sink in a little more it's worth repeating: earth has a greenhouse gas problem. A good way to learn what this greenhouse gas problem is all about, NASA's Earth Minute video series quickly sums up our planet's predicament. These are worth watching again (and maybe duplicating just in case they mysteriously disappear). Each about a minute long, the Earth Minute videos cover topics from the study of earth to space with the climate in ...

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17 Rules for Building a More Sustainable Local Community

Is our world coming unglued? With so much violence escalating around the globe,  how can we pull ourselves together and focus on building a more sustainable local community for all? A quiet voice tells me to have hope. Everything will be alright. Applying healthy doses of positive efforts in our communities are called for now more than ever.  Fortunately there are lots of efforts around the globe working towards creative solutions for a more peaceful and compassionate society. What is a community anyway? It's not a place, building, or organization. Community is ...

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Lost in Death Valley Beyond Time and Place

Death Valley sand dunes
Sometimes when you least expect the most unlikely events occur. Call it synchronicity or just plain luck to find myself surrounded by rugged bone-dry beauty tucked away in all that rocky terrain. I was a newcomer exploring Death Valley with a friend who had hiked and camped all over those parts for years. I’ve heard that luck is about being in the right place at the right time. When you’re in the middle of a desert hot enough to fry an egg on a rock, the concept of time and place takes on another dimension...

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Citizen Science and Bioblitz Brings Planet Activism to Everyone

At a time when we may need to rely on bake sales in the U.S. to fund scientific research, community activism is picking up steam and maybe some of the slack. Although most of us don’t have deep pockets, we do love nature and being outdoors. Citizen science is a growing movement to encourage the public to get involved in collecting data for scientific research. Did you know that data collected from citizen scientists has contributed more than 77 percent of studies on birds and climate change? I sat in on an animated discussion about citizen science recently at the ...

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