Today’s Solutions: June 15, 2024

Portrait of a girl wearing face protective mask at Youth strike for climate in protest of climate change policy.

5 simple steps to become a climate activist in everyday life

We recently posted an article discussing impactful changes we can make in our personal lives to help avoid a climate crisis. If you still have a fire within you to enact planet saving change in your community, then maybe consider becoming a climate activist. Being a climate activist doesn’t Read More...

Honduras

Honduras puts a stop to open-pit mining

What is open-pit mining? Open-pit mining is one of the most common and also most harmful methods of extracting minerals from the Earth. Many countries and organizations are trying to do away with this practice because it involves enormous displacement of soil and causes a great deal of damage to Read More...

The UK will pay wages to any w

The UK will pay wages to any worker facing unemployment amidst pandemic

In a truly unprecedented move, the UK government has announced that it will subsidize the wages of any worker facing unemployment because of the coronavirus pandemic as it ordered the closure of pubs and restaurants to try to contain the outbreak. According to finance minister Rishi Sunak, the Read More...

How cities along the US-Mexico

How cities along the US-Mexico border use art to penetrate the border wall

As the U.S. remains gripped in the debate over the wall Donald Trump wants to build along the border, cross-border community groups, long-time residents, and their governments work to preserve and perpetuate a shared identity that transcends an existing physical and political barrier between them. Read More...

California becomes first U.S.

California becomes first U.S. state to require women on company boards

Canada has as many female as male ministers in the government. The new Spanish government has more women than men. And recently, for the first time, women foreign ministers of almost 20 countries came together in Montreal. At the same time, gender equality still requires much more effort. That’s Read More...

Possibility: A new nation—on

Possibility: A new nation—on three square miles?

From The Intelligent Optimist Summer 2016 Liberland may be the ultimate startup. On April 13 of last year, 31-year-old Czech politician Vit Jedlicka declared a three-square-mile plot on the marshy west bank of the Danube as a new sovereign state and installed himself as president. The vote was Read More...

Possibility: The justice of th

Possibility: The justice of the crowd

From The Optimist Magazine Fall 2015 In recent years, crowdfunding has become a popular tool to fund projects and interests shared by groups of people. It is particularly common in arts and culture, leaving it up to the audience to determine what gets done and what they want to see. A British Read More...

Liberland now open for busines

Liberland now open for business as the latest state experiment

As separatist tendencies are brewing in the troubled European Union, a libertarian Euro-skeptic Czeck politician, his girlfriend and a third like-minded friend have planted a flag in Liberland, an empty 2.7- square-mile Serbo-Croatian no man’s land by the side of the Danube. The world’s newest Read More...

How sustainability-minded acco

How sustainability-minded accounting can shift government decisions

Sustainability typically doesn’t show up as a neat row of dollar numbers to be added to a cost-benefit spreadsheet. As a result, decision-makers routinely ignore it. That may be about to change if the NPV+ method already applied by Martin O'Malley, a potential Democratic presidential candidate Read More...

Beyond sustainability

Beyond sustainability

It takes more than growth and development for a city, an economy or an ecosystem to flourish—it takes resilience. Baal,Van,Mark | September 2010 issue Biloxi is gone. That’s what Toshiro Kida, a 21-year-old graphic design student at Yale University, thought when he arrived in the Mississippi Read More...