Monthly Archives: August 2010

Women’s Health Advocacy

I had the pleasure of getting to know Christy Turlington Burns this past year and  not only is she an amazing mother, she is a woman with conviction and compassion for other women.  Her documentary No Woman, No Cry shares the stories of at risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala and a prenatal clinic in the United States.  The films trailer is truly incredible and while most of us will never have to undergo child birth in such conditions, woman all over our world will.  It’s a story about woman hood, mother hood, and sister hood wrapped into one.  No Woman, No Cry opens your eyes to Women’s health issues and what you can do to help –  click here to learn how.

Eco-Innovations by Kids!

Kids never cease to amaze me.  Their positive outlook, limitless imaginations, and enthusiasm towards life are all things us adults should strive towards.  From Inhabitat, 8 kids were introduced who came up with ec0- innovations for changing the world-  The Tango Electric Motorcycle.  The Home Dome.  Sped Up Plastic Decomposition.  The Water Watcher.  Water Filtration System.  Wall Climbing Backpack.  Yes, all created by kids.  Amazing!  Check out all the details here.

Good tree planter leads to great teacher?

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As a teacher, nature lover and someone who finds inspiration in too many things to name, this story from GOOD caught my eye and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it.  I had never even heard of the “tree planting business” until reading this and trust me, it’s not as lovely as it sounds.  In fact, it turns out, the tree planting business is one of the most grueling, tiring and physically demanding jobs there is.  Josh Berkley fell into tree planting when no other jobs were keeping him interested.  It’s said that the average tree planter burns as many calories as a runner running a half marathon every single work day. Can you believe that?  Tree planting, rather, commercial reforestation is known mostly amongst the college aged students in Canada where many consider the tough work a rite of passage.  Josh, now a high school art teacher claims that working in the business is what makes him a great teacher: “Your students will look to you for inspiration. And the only way to ignite their passion is to demonstrate your own. So learn to love your subject matter and get excited about learning! You are a leader of the youth. You no longer have the luxury of hating your job. If you hate it, either stop hating it or quit.”  Hop on over to check out the full article.  Thank you for the inspiration, Josh!