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Healthy Planet: Creating a Sustainable World

  • Call To Action: Label GMOs! Support MA Right To Know GMOs - Speak Up and Speak Out!

    Citizens for GMO Labeling is a national grassroots movement of parents, farmers and citizens dedicated to regaining our basic right to know what we are eating and feeding our families.  We are taking back our food, our government, and our children’s future. citizensforgmolabeling.org

    Massachusetts Right to Know GMOs is a statewide network of consumer advocates declaring our fundamental right to know if our food contains ingredients derived from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
    MARightToKnow.org  facebook.com/MARightToKnowGMOs
    Do you want to know if you're eating Genetically Engineered (GMO) foods?
    Please make your voice heard in support of GMO labeling in Massachusetts.
    Proposed GMO labeling legislation has a majority of support in the Massachusetts State House, but our legislators need to hear from us in numbers before they make it a priority. Please ask them to bring it up for a vote so that we can know what we're eating!

    Click here to send an electronic message within seconds to your State Representative and Senator:
    marighttoknow.org/contactlegislators
    (Better yet, use the above link to look up their phone numbers and give them a call.)


    Depiction of what GMO labeling could look like, according to proposed legislation.
    Depiction of what GMO labeling could look like, according to proposed legislation.

    For more info, please visit MArighttoknow.org


  • Civil Eats At Civil Eats, we often get inquiries from people across the U.S. who want to start volunteering or working in the food system, but aren’t entirely sure how–or where–to get their hands dirty.
    The good news is there are myriad ways to make a meaningful impact, whether in your backyard or across the globe. You could join a local food policy council, start a petition on Change.org, write a blog, set up informational interviews with food system leaders, take an online course, join or start a community garden, or learn from others about how they got started. read more...
  • EP Cleaners - an eco friendly guide to cleaning your home

  • Glutton for Life I hope my recipes and ramblings will inspire you to create a life of truly shameless indulgence. In our complex and beautiful modern world, we have access to such a wealth of resources—so many options for how to spend our time and satisfy our cravings—that it’s easy to overindulge and lose track of what’s important. The solution is to develop an outsized appetite for everything that's good for you, to make life-affirming choices without ever sacrificing pleasure. My goal is to put a positive spin on the idea of gluttony by helping... read more

  • Farmers To You is a partnership of Vermont area farmers and Boston area families committed to rebuilding a trustworthy and sustainable regional food system. Through weekly deliveries of fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy, meat, grains and more, Farmers To You offers a bridge between the bountiful gifts of dedicated farmers and the needs of busy families.

  • NSF (a public health and safety organization) - green your home

  • Fair Food Network is a national nonprofit that works at the intersection of food systems, sustainability and social equity to guarantee access to healthy, fresh and sustainably grown food, especially in underserved communities.

  • Lifeopedia.com - 7 eco friendly cleaning recipes for your home

  • Tree Sisters - Women Seeding Change -Please join our efforts in supporting Tree Sisters! Tree Sisters is an amazing organization of women dedicated to planting trees to reforest the
    tropics. This work is vital to the health of our earth! Please go to treesisters.org to learn more and to donate!"

  • Mass Grown...Massachusetts Grown and Fresher! : Your gateway to Massgrown farm products, specialty foods, and fun ag-tivities!

  • Natural Capitalism & The Rocky Mountain Institute: Global leaders in researching and activating a sustainable world, the RMI is an independent, entrepreneurial, nonprofit that fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life sustaining.

  • The Natural Step (TNS): takes an upstream approach to sustainability and addresses problems at the source. Their definition of sustainability includes four scientific principles. These principles, also known as the "conditions" that must be met in order to have a sustainable society, provide a practical set of design criteria to transform debate into constructive discussion and utilized to direct social, environmental, and economic actions. From here you can find several well designed online e-learning modules, in different lengths and languages.

  • The Small Planet Institute: Seeks to identify the root causes - economic, political, and psychological - taking our planet in a disastrous direction that individually, none of us would choose. They help define, articulate and further a worldwide shift from the dominant failing notion of democracy as a set of fixed institutions, toward democracy understood as a way of life --a culture in which the values of inclusion, fairness and mutual accountability infuse all dimensions of public life. They further this through collaborative public education.

  • Earth 911 : Earth911 is an environmental services company that addresses solutions for products' end-of-life for both businesses and consumers. The majority of their resources
    are free.

  • The Society for Organizational Learning (SoL): is an intentional learning community composed of organizations, individuals, and local SoL communities around the world. A nonprofit, member-governed corporation,, SoL is devoted to the interdependent development of people and their institutions in service of inspired performance and meaningful results. SoL serves as a space in which individuals and institutions can create together that which they cannot create alone.

  • The Northwest Earth Institute: has produced six discussion courses: Choices for Sustainable Living, Voluntary Simplicity, Discovering a Sense of Place, Exploring Deep Ecology, and Globalization and its Critic, Healthy Children / Healthy Planet. They have a national network exploring these ideas in action.

  • Find Local Food and Farm Events: www.localharvest.org

  • Discover a Farmers Market near you: www.massfarmersmarkets.org

  • Vegetarian Living Boston: www.bostonveg.org/links.html

  • Chef's Collaborative: At Chefs Collaborative, where Life AliveSM cafe is a member, there is a growing community of chefs, farmers, fishers, educators, and food lovers dedicated to promoting sustainable cuisine. www.chefscollaborative.org

  • Urban Farming: Has a mission of optimizing the production of unused land for food and alternative energy...WOW! www.urbanfarming.org

  • Veritable Vegetable: Committed to creating and fostering sustainable culture, integrating the environment, the economy, and society as sustainable systems. Sustainable systems are inherently life affirming, balancing input and output, conserving, if not augmenting, energy and resources. V.V. has chosen to influence these areas by distributing organic produce and promoting sustainable agriculture. www.veritablevegetable.com


  • A Guide To Organic Gardening: The practice of organic gardening continues to increase in popularity. Organic gardening is a method of growing and cultivating plants that does not use synthetic fertilizers or insecticides. Organic gardening strives to find balance in the ecosystem of soil, light, and air; and the plants that are grown in them. http://www.simplygardenfurniture.co.uk/Article/a-guide-to-organic-gardening

  • Learn about BIODYNAMIC Growing & Steiner: www.biodynamics.com/

  • Energy Saving Tips

  • Alternative Energy Sources

  • Recycling 101 - http://earth911.com/recycling/

  • The Food Project: is a national model in the Greater Boston Area, The Food Project creates fertile ground for new ideas about youth and adults partnering to create social change through sustainable agriculture. Their goal:  sustainable, local food systems that bridge race, class, age, and more to ensure food security for all. www.thefoodproject.org

  • The South Bronx Green Roof Project: is a national model for turning cities into places where healthy, organic food production also reduces energy waste, pollution AND creates jobs and educational opportunities! Let's replicate...Life AliveSM cafe is hoping to collaborate locally in order to make this happen here http://www.ssbx.org/smart-roofs/

  • Marylhurst University Green MBA: Marylhurst University strives to lead higher education into a new era of sustainability. Our MBA in Sustainable Business weaves green concepts into the fabric of every single course, and is one of the very few programs offered completely online.

  • The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC): CFSC is a non-profit 501(c)(3), North American organization dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times. We seek to develop self-reliance among all communities in obtaining their food and to create a system of growing, manufacturing, processing, making available, and selling food that is regionally based and grounded in the principles of justice, democracy, and sustainability. www. foodsecurity.org

  • Free Rice.com: Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your vocabulary can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself. Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. www.freerice.com

  • Garden Forever: A great resourse for all types of gardening info www.gardenforever.com/
    (courtesy of the KHS garden projects committee in Jefferson County NY!
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Beautiful Planet:
Creative Culture & Artist Contributors

  • The Revolving Museum: The Revolving Museum is an evolving laboratory of creative expression for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities who seek to experience the transformative power of art. Through public art, exhibitions, and educational programs we promote artistic exploration and appreciation; encourage community participation and growth; and provide opportunities for empowerment and social change.

  • Nadya Volicer, Artist: Our magnificent recycled wood counter tops were created by Nadya out of old shelves, tables, walls and wood objects found in the basements of local buildings. "containers could hold more than just objects and the value of potential is immeasurable. Everything I make is built with the underlying intention of creating a space to call home; a place to house my self. That space may be large enough for several people to enter at once, or so small that the only inhabitants can be thoughts..."

  • Nora Valdez, Artist: Nora is an Argentine-born artist who has utilized sculpture and installations to create images that reflect on the nature of change, the life of the individual and the natural or societal forces that buffet our souls. Her thematic concerns are also reflected in her involvement with the community: doing public art projects and giving workshops at a variety of urban institutions. Art becomes not just a way to explore issues of human rights, but to have a direct effect on them as well.

  • Virginia Peck, Artist: attempts to convey the idea that beneath the chaotic pace of our modern lives, there exists the possibility for inner peace and transcendence. She thinks the more technological, fast-paced and brutal the world becomes, the more people gravitate to its opposite - the eternal, the serene, and the compassionate. All qualities she evokes in her Buddha images.

  • Jasmine Jain, Artist: Her beautiful paintings are on display often at Life AliveSM cafe, enlivening our space with energy. A passionate nature can be felt within Jazmin Jain's abstract works through sensuous brushstrokes, detailed layering and bold use of color. Her art is based on the juxtaposition of ideas or questions relating to identity and the responses which it evokes within us.

  • The Women's Well: The Women's Well is a safe and supportive community based in Concord MA that encourages women to honor the power of the circle and to trust themselves and their ways of knowing, including the wisdom of the female body, their experience of cycles, and a receptivity to intuition and the unconscious. Their purpose is to encourage, strengthen, inspire, and empower women.

  • Celebrating the Goddess Parties: Celebrate the Divine Feminine Spirit and Nurture Your Soul. The Goddess Party is a place to honor the wisdom of women,to connect joyfully in the spirit of fun, and be blessed by the beauty of each others' company. Plan the perfect party... or take a class and learn about female archetypes that relate to you and the women in your life!

  • Lowell's "Destination World": First Thursdays Event celebrating Lowell's rich cultural life and history.

  • Central Square Cambridge: Cool stuff to do in Central Square and the home of our newest Life AliveSM cafe location!

  • How to meditate for beginners from Counter Culturist: A guide to meditation techniques for beginners.
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United Planet:
Reclaiming our Democracy & Collective Empowerment

  • You can affect local change: Deval Patrick: www.devalpatrick.com

  • Get politically active with Michael Moore: www.michaelmoore.com

  • Learn about Legislation Affecting Us: www.organicconsumers.org

  • The Small Planet Institute: Seeks to identify the root causes - economic, political, and psychological - taking our planet in a disastrous direction that individually, none of us would choose. They help define, articulate and further a worldwide shift from the dominant failing notion of democracy as a set of fixed institutions, toward democracy understood as a way of life --a culture in which the values of inclusion, fairness and mutual accountability infuse all dimensions of public life. They further this through collaborative public education.

  • The Society for Organizational Learning (SoL): is an intentional learning community composed of organizations, individuals, and local SoL communities around the world. A nonprofit, member-governed corporation,, SoL is devoted to the interdependent development of people and their institutions in service of inspired performance and meaningful results. SoL serves as a space in which individuals and institutions can create together that which they cannot create alone.

  • Community Greenhouse Lowell: Learn about growing inside, bring your compost and see it transformed, join neighbors you've not yet met to green our city.

  • Kiva.org: Kiva's mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.
   
 
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