Today’s Solutions: May 22, 2022

The Optimist View

Our weekend edition long form journalism explores in-depth solutions to global issues.

The Compassion Instinct: How t

The Compassion Instinct: How to become more compassionate

Research shows that a compassionate attitude towards others improves mental and physical health. The Dalai Lama has been telling us for years that compassion is the source of happiness, and recently he added that compassion is good for health too. “If you want others to be happy,” reads the Read More...

Think Global, Eat Local (Part

Think Global, Eat Local (Part I)

By Sadie Wilbur, Editorial Intern, July 2018 “A garden is a solution that leads to other solutions. It is part of the limitless pattern of good health and good sense." – Wendell BerryDirty Hands, Happy Heart My love for all things green began when I was a young girl. I grew up alongside a Read More...

Embracing diversity, welcoming

Embracing diversity, welcoming insight

Seeing in a new light When France won the 2018 World Cup in Moscow last week, it was hard not to notice the diversity of the team and the abundance of African surnames on the jerseys. The majority of the 23 French team members, 16 to be exact, are immigrants or children of immigrants from Read More...

The Optimist’s View: The

The Optimist's View: The Value of Sadness

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. - Kahlil Gibran In my book, Daring to Love, I discuss how love arouses sadness, which tends to frighten us and cause us to push love away. But when we challenge our attitudes about sadness and dare to feel this valuable Read More...

The Optimist’s View: The

The Optimist's View: The Value of Sadness

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. - Kahlil Gibran In my book, Daring to Love, I discuss how love arouses sadness, which tends to frighten us and cause us to push love away. But when we challenge our attitudes about sadness and dare to feel this valuable Read More...

Monsanto Bayer deal shows that

Monsanto Bayer deal shows that GMO support is weakening

At first glance, people looking for more sustainable solutions in the world might shrug their shoulders about the news of pharmaceutical and chemical multinational Bayer acquiring agrochemical giant Monsanto. Monsanto has been a target of the worldwide environmental movement for two decades for its Read More...

Vintage fashion from recycled

Vintage fashion from recycled cotton

Everyone has heard about the plastic waste ruining our planet by now. But who knows about the 13.1 million tons of textile waste (worth roughly USD 350 billion) the United States alone produce every year? And who knows that 11 million of that textile waste goes almost directly to landfills? Read More...

Flying a kite for clean high a

Flying a kite for clean high altitude wind energy

Wind turbines are a wonderful invention, producing clean energy from an abundant natural resource: the wind. Since the oil crisis in the 1970s, we’ve continuously developed new and more efficient wind turbines. The key to an efficient wind turbine is a steady flow of… you guessed it, the wind. Read More...

Follow the sun for clean water

Follow the sun for clean water

If you’re a girl, you’ve definitely followed the sun while tanning. Always making sure your towel faced the sun in a straight angle, guaranteeing optimal sun exposure and minimal shade lines. It’s quite possible Eden Full and her girlfriends used to do this as well, and maybe this is even Read More...

Biodegradable plastic that sol

Biodegradable plastic that solves the methane problem

While we’re exceptionally thorough in making sure our plastic waste fills every corner of the earth, we’re simultaneously shockingly effective in allowing methane gas to burn away the ozone layer. It’s impressive really. But perhaps more impressive is how Mango Materials is tackling both our Read More...