Category: Blog

Supportive Conditions for Living Car-Lite

“Most of us think of transportation as a means to an end, but the way we move from one place to another has profound effects on natural resources, community, and personal well-being.” – Liz Maw, Chief Executive Officer, Net Impact   Transportation accounts for the largest percentage of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) at state (California– 39%),…

By mbiggar March 30, 2018 0

Hope in the New Year, Part Two: Local Government Action

With a new year ahead and the days growing longer, we can renew our sense of hope for the future. With many national politicians currently more interested in denying social and environmental problems than addressing them, hope may be seem elusive. However, in our complex democracy and system of federalism, state and local government can make policy…

By mbiggar January 29, 2018 0

Climate Change and How We Respond

Here in the Bay Area, we are greatly saddened by the immense loss of lives, homes and buildings in the recent North Bay fires. So soon after the hurricanes that caused heavy damage in Texas and theCaribbean and devastation to islands like Puerto Rico, anticipation of more severe weather events weighs on all of us.…

By mbiggar October 24, 2017 0

Taking Down Walls

Diversity is our reality. In a blog post last Fall, I discussed the importance of biodiversity and human diversity within the places we live and experience everyday. Our connectedness to one another and nature sustains, nourishes and rejuvenates us. Walls separate us, diminish diversity and threaten the ability of people and nature to thrive or even survive. The…

By mbiggar September 12, 2017 1

Collaborative Impact for Environmental Literacy

Thanks to California’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee supported by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Ten Strands, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and many other partners around the state, progress is being made to make environmental literacy an integral part of every child’s education. In this post for Ten Strands, I write about the great work ChangeScale is…

By mbiggar May 16, 2017 0

Diversity in Everyday Life

  Strengthening our connections to each other and nature in everyday life can help us find greater meaning and happiness. When diversity is present in our daily experience, these deeper connections can also help counteract the growing social divisions in our country and threats to our natural environment. Experiencing human diversity in the places in which we…

By mbiggar November 30, 2016 2