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3 Reasons You Should Skip Fabric Softeners And Dryer Sheets

Using fabric softeners sounds like a no-brainer. These common laundry products promise soft, fresh-smelling clothes, free of static and wrinkles, along with less stretching, fading and pilling.

White Shark Populations Are Growing. Here’s Why That’s Good News

Tell people how happy you are that the great white shark population is on the rise, and you won’t find many who will join in the celebration. It’s understandable. We have an inherent and sensible fear of predators…

EarthTalk: What’s The Best Bang For My Buck On The New Plug-in Cars?

Dear EarthTalk: I’m finally ready to make the switch from my old gas guzzler to an electric or plug-in hybrid car. What are the best bang-for-my-buck deals on these newfangled vehicles?

World Naked Gardening Day Is Here — 12th Year Of Putting Humans Back In Touch With Nature

World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) is an annual international event celebrated on the first Saturday of May by gardeners and non-gardeners alike.

How John Muir’s Incessant Study Saved Yosemite

Run a Google search on naturalist and preservationist John Muir and you will quickly turn up one of his best-known, yet abbreviated, sayings: “The mountains are calling and I must go.” It’s a compelling quote that says it all for many outdoor lovers…

Open-Source, DIY Machine Recycles Household Plastic Into New Products

Plastic has been described as a lot of things, but precious? That’s a new one. However, one team in the Netherlands is working to change how we view plastic, taking it from a waste product that is clogging up our oceans, landfills and animals, and reframing it as a valuable resource.

Trees Share Their Survival Skills

Swiss experiment on the interdependence of trees gets to the roots of the role forests play in managing atmospheric carbon for the rest of the living world.

Top 10 Recycling Questions

Recycling makes the biggest impact when the only things in our recycling carts are items that can be processed by the local MRF and efficiently recycled into new products. Of course, it’s not always clear just what those things are, and it seems like every day brings a new reason to ask: Is this recyclable?

The 3 Most Environmentally Damaging Habits You Might Be Able To Change

If going green seems complicated, here are a few key choices that can have a big impact on the planet we call home.

150+ Sustainability Resources – Ways To Save Energy, Water And Food

This resource campaign was launch to educate everyone from kids to adults – here you’ll find over 100 ways to conserve water, energy and food with individual tips on how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

I Was a Fourth-Generation Coal Miner. Here’s Why I Quit

I was raised in a union home in southwestern Virginia and, like most kids of my generation, was encouraged to do well in school to avoid a life in the mines. For a while, it seemed possible.

EarthTalk: Radical Environmentalism

Dear Earthtalk: What ever happened to the radical environmental group Earth First!? Are they still around and what other groups are leading the charge when it comes to so-called “radical environmentalism” these days?

How Capitalism Is Changing Vermont's Maple Syrup Industry For The Worse

It’s almost sugaring time here in Vermont. On our homestead, we tap about 25 trees, boil down the sap on the kitchen cookstove, and -- in a good year -- end up with four or five gallons of maple syrup…

Emissions Standstill Boosts Paris Hopes

The link between global economic growth and emissions growth has been further weakened as greenhouse gas levels show no increase for the second year in succession.

Pesticide Reduction: A Goal For American Agriculture

Flawed regulatory schemes have led to a passive, albeit legal, poisoning of the environment that we should no longer accept.

Make Sure The Products You’re Putting On Your Body Are Not Toxic

Products with a new certification that aims to solve the chemical conundrum for consumers are hitting store shelves this spring.

Lowering Meat Consumption, Reducing The Impacts Of Climate Change

Reduction in global meat consumption is key to mitigating climate change, according to a new report by Chatham House.

The End Of Night: Why We Need Darkness In The Age Of Artificial Light

Since the invention of electric light, the night has been getting progressively brighter. But a growing body of research shows experiencing total darkness is critical to our well-being.

We Must Save The Honeybees And Here’s How You Can Help

Many environmental campaigns over the past 50 years have aimed at getting people to care for imperiled species in wild, far-off places.

Seven Projects Protecting Soils Around The World

The International Year of Soils came to a close on December 4, but that won’t be the end of the work for many soil projects.

Without Scalia, A New Chance For Climate Justice

Justice Scalia was a thorn in the side of the environmental movement. Now that his seat is up for grabs, the Supreme Court could be in position to make serious gains for the climate.

We Can’t Solve Climate Change Without Teaching It—Why More Classes Are Heading Outside

In response to climate change, a growing number of schools are taking kids outside to show them how a warming planet affects their local environment.

EarthTalk: Arctic Ice | Endocrine Disrupters

Dear EarthTalk: Why is the Arctic such a crucial area to focus on in efforts to stem global warming?

To Stop The Age of Extinction, Let’s Start by Ditching “It”

Language can be a tool for cultural transformation. Make no mistake: “Ki” and “kin” are revolutionary pronouns.

Awaken Your Nature Awareness

Waking up one’s nature awareness is a process of sharpening all of our senses to perceive more of what’s going on around us. It means discovering a sense of individual belonging in a story that’s as big as Earth itself.

Musings: SOS — Save Our Soil!

If you want to learn more about nature, bring a child into your life. My 18-month-old granddaughter, Bella, loves nothing more than walking outside, exploring sticks, stones and plants, and sifting dirt through her fingers.

‘Historic Settlement’ Cheered as Harbinger of End to Toxic Pesticides’ Harm

A conservation organization is celebrating what it calls a "historical settlement" that stands to put permanent restrictions on widely used pesticides and prevent federal agencies from doing industry bidding.

12 Plants That Naturally Remove Toxins and Purify Your Air

We all know that plants in our home release oxygen. But they are also able to clean the air from mold and toxins.

Warming Linked To Spread Of Zika Virus

Scientists believe that record average temperatures may be helping to create an environment that has led to big increases in the number of disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Hunting Mammals Adds To Forest Fragility

The Amazon forests’ large mammals play a key role in maintaining the ecosystem that removes CO2 from the atmosphere and helps to slow climate change.
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December 18, 2018

A lunar conjunction with Uranus occurs during the wee hours of the morning. Uranus, the eccentric planet of epiphanies and technological breakthroughs, has been called the “Great Awakener.” For some folks this can mean a sleepless night. Awake or maybe…
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December 2018

Start your holiday week off right with a special yoga/meditation class. Sun salutations in honor of the winter solstice coupled with Yoga Nidra will leave you feeling rested, relaxed, and ready to...

Cost: $17

Where:
Yoga Anita
Dragonfly Wellness Center
176 Jackson Rd
Devens, MA  01432
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Sponsor: Yoga Anita
Telephone: 978-227-8297
Contact Name: Anita Perry
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The holiday season is a time for family and friends to gather, to give gratitude for the gifts of love that we share, and for us to create new memories to cherish in our hearts. But the holidays...

Cost: $65

Where:
Private Office
6 Royal Crest Drive
Apt 11
North Andover, MA  01845
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Sponsor: Sacred Spiral Dance
Telephone: 978-973-6637
Contact Name: Diana Harris
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Kinetic Chain Release, moxibustion and past life regression at Leapin Lizards. Every third Sunday: 9/16/18 10/21/18 11/18/18 12/16/18 For information, call Leapin Lizards at (207)...

Where:
Leapin Lizards
449 Forest Ave
Portland, ME
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Telephone: (207) 221-2363
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This three-part series attunes you as a conduit to the healing system of Kundalini Reiki, a firey earth-based feminine energy. Kundalini Reiki is a gentle yet powerful modality to channel healing...

Cost: $150

Where:
Akasha Studio
20 Birch Street
Roslindale, MA  02131
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Sponsor: Miriam Katz, Shamanic Healer
Telephone: 617-545-5142
Contact Name: Miriam Katz
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The class is a combination of qi gong, yoga, meditation, and relaxation followed by a cup of healing tea. The class, developed by Korean enlightened master Ilchi Lee, is based on Sundo, a...

Cost: $10

Where:
Divine Paradigm
58b Macy St
Amesbury, MA  01913
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Contact Name: Brad Fanger

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The Shortest Day of the Year and the Longest Night To Be Without A Home On December 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM, at the Church on the Hill, 140 Bowdoin St. Boston MA  02108 (on the side of the...

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Church on the Hill
140 Bowdoin St.
Boston, MA  02108
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Sponsor: Interfaith Homeless Memorial Committee
Telephone: 617-523-4575
Contact Name: Kevin Baxter

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During this evening Winter Solstice Celebration we connect deeply with the Christ Being/Solar Logos and the different archangels as we prepare for the 12 holy nights following the Solstice evening....

Cost: $75

Where:
Circles of Wisdom
386 Merrimack Street
Suite 1-A
Methuen, MA  01844
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Sponsor: Circles of Wisdom
Telephone: 978-474-8010
Contact Name: Cathy Kneeland
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Tired of missing opportunities that could further your life, your education, even your work? Tired of missing threats that continue to hold back your life, your education, even your work? Sit down...

Cost: $40

Where:
Caffe Nero
368 Congress St
Boston, MA  02210
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Contact Name: Soni
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