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We believe that simple and joyful changes made by many individuals will result in positive and joyful changes for many and for the planet.  Our posts are focused on topics related to how we can improve our quality of life and protect the planet.  One Planet Life is dedicated to you, me, we and our living planet.

USA to Increase Protected Land for Our Future

USA to Increase Protected Land for Our Future

In the United States, we have 63 natural parks and other protected land. We also have large tracts of natural habitats in private ownership. Privately owned land can be used in a variety of ways without regard for the impact on natural habitats.

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The Secret Power of Shopping

The Secret Power of Shopping

Your shopping has a secret power. How and where you spend your money can drive change. Let’s make some impactful changes for your loved ones and the planet.

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Why is Plastic a Problem?

Why is Plastic a Problem?

The world has become a plastic dumping ground. Plastic is pervasive such that we hardly pay attention. We do this to the detriment of our planet and our lives.

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Urban Composting is Possible!

Urban Composting is Possible!

In the United States approximately 100 million tons of food waste are generated each year. Food waste seems senseless when nature has such a great way to regenerate the waste into nutrients for the soil. My urban composting journey began with a couple of clicks.

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A Food Waste Recycling Solution that Changed a Nation

A Food Waste Recycling Solution that Changed a Nation

Food systems have a high environmental cost — more than 820 million people go hungry every day and many producers struggle to stay afloat. In high-income countries, 35% of the food is thrown out by consumers. Let’s look at South Korea for inspiration on a food waste recycling solution.

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For the Love of Maple Syrup

For the Love of Maple Syrup

Spring is the season for maple syrup production. Did you know that maple syrup is one of the oldest agricultural commodities produced in the U.S.?

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Five Questions for Our Naturalist

Five Questions for Our Naturalist

Yvonne Dwyer is our resident naturalist and we are honored to have her on our team. Yvonne brings a nature-centric perspective to OPL and will share her insights, experiences, and recommended back-to-nature excursions with the OPL community.

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Our Visit to One World Zero Waste

Our Visit to One World Zero Waste

One Planet Life travels around the world to learn more about people and places dedicated to making a difference. Each OPL Spotlight shines a light on impressive efforts being made toward living and operating more sustainably and in harmony with nature.

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5 Benefits of Eating More Fruits and Vegetables

5 Benefits of Eating More Fruits and Vegetables

Eat Better Food and You'll Feel Better. We've all heard the old adage, "You are what you eat."  It actually dates back to the 1800s and it means if you eat good food you have better health.  Sounds simple, right?  Actually it is.  You just have to make joyful changes...

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Rebel Chef Inspires Delicious Veggie-forward Recipes

Rebel Chef Inspires Delicious Veggie-forward Recipes

In Dominique Crenn’s book, Rebel Chef In Search of What Mattered Most, I was drawn deeply to her chapter on “The Ethical Kitchen.” It is impressive how this honored chef who sees food as poetry makes vegetables the center of her elegant dishes. While she is not a...

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What Future Do You Choose?

What Future Do You Choose?

This is a pivotal moment when we can make a difference for our future. As global citizens we change our focus and act differently. We live in exciting and scary times. It is impossible to avoid the fact that we have been on a path that is not sustainable. Ours is a...

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Let’s Start Really Thinking About Our Trash

Let’s Start Really Thinking About Our Trash

In the United States, we throw a lot of things into the trash without giving much thought to where our garbage goes after it gets picked up from our curb. Let’s take a deeper look at the waste system in the US and gain a better understanding of how it works.Let's...

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A Closer Look: Your State’s Report Card

A Closer Look: Your State’s Report Card

Last summer, we debuted the first addition to our Your State and the Environment dashboard with the State Report Card. In it, we brought together data from several high-quality sources to create comparative graphs of the ranking of each state in six environmental...

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Choose Kindness for Yourself, Others and the Planet

Choose Kindness for Yourself, Others and the Planet

We need to double down on kindness. Choosing kindness for yourself, others and the planet is good for the health and wellness of all.  We are living in extraordinary times with a pandemic that is escalating around the world and impacting our medical and economic...

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Enjoy Your Coffee and Make a Difference

Enjoy Your Coffee and Make a Difference

As we enter the winter months, a good cup of coffee or tea is warm and invigorating.  It's even more satisfying when you buy your coffee or tea from a company dedicated to making a difference.  If you live in North America where you cannot grow coffee or tea, then the...

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Shopping to Make a Difference

Shopping to Make a Difference

Buying gifts for friends and family is a big part of our Holiday traditions. It's a way to show those closest to us know how grateful we are to have them in our lives. Make this season even better by shopping to make a difference. The way to make our gift buying and...

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Social Enterprises and B-Corporations Make A Difference

Social Enterprises and B-Corporations Make A Difference

In today’s society, it's not only about what you purchase but who you purchase from that makes a difference in our world.  Social enterprises and B-Corporations believe in the social responsibility of business. We have many, many choices for how we spend our money. ...

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

Let’s take a few minutes to think about mental health on this day designated, World Mental Health Day. Even before the pandemic affected billions of people around the world, a large number of people have been affected by mental disorders. Consider a few sobering...

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Let’s Hear it for the Birds!

Let’s Hear it for the Birds!

As the leaves change color and temperatures begin to drop in North America, birds begin to fly south for the winter. October 10th then is the perfect time to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. Created in 1933 by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Campaign, the day...

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World Habitat Day – Housing for All

World Habitat Day – Housing for All

On the first Monday of October, we reflect on the basic right of all to adequate shelter on World Habitat Day, and to remind the world that we all have the power and responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

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Climate Change From Top-Down and Bottom-Up

Climate Change From Top-Down and Bottom-Up

If you read Greta Thunberg’s book, No One is Too Small to Make a Difference, you’ll notice a common thread amongst the collection of speeches, which she’s delivered in front of audiences across the world, from Capitol Hill to the United Nations. Start treating the...

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Roadtrip to Meet the Longest Living Trees

Roadtrip to Meet the Longest Living Trees

We’re moving towards the peak of summer here in the United States, and what better way to celebrate the trees that provide us with so much than to take some time to see the oldest ones in the country? Although there are a couple of East Coast outliers rounding out the...

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Let’s Plant One Trillion Trees

Let’s Plant One Trillion Trees

We are losing 18.7 million acres of forests annually. This is equivalent to 27 soccer fields every minute. We need to dramatically increase trees and forest coverage.

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Reducing Plastic for Water’s Sake

Reducing Plastic for Water’s Sake

We all know intuitively that water and all the living things that depend on it are precious. At the same time, we create tremendous waste in the form of single-use plastic which harms the planet. Reducing our use of single-use plastic aligns our actions with...

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The World of Dolphins

The World of Dolphins

Humans have had a kinship with dolphins since we met a long time ago. For example, excavations of ancient cities bring to light that on the island of Crete, the Minoan civilization lived in harmony with dolphins. I love standing on the beach watching their joyful...

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World Bicycle Day, June 3rd

World Bicycle Day, June 3rd

June 3rd is World Bicycle Day. The bicycle has been in use for about two centuries and it is a reliable and sustainable means of transportation. Physical activity of moderate intensity such as biking or walking is good for your health and fun. Some countries are known...

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Water Helps You be a Better You

Water Helps You be a Better You

Water can make you happier, healthier, more connected, and better at what you do.  In the book, Blue Mind, Wallace J. Nichols shares research on our deep connection to water.

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Is Water a Human Right?

Is Water a Human Right?

Life on our planet is sustained by water. For some it is abundant and for others scarce. As the number of people has increased to ~7 billion our needs for freshwater have dramatically increased.  While our planet is 70% water, only 2.5% is freshwater and only 1%...

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