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EARTH DAY SPOTLIGHTS SPECIES Protection Is the Focus of 2019 Campaign

by Ronica A. O’Hara On April 22, eco-conscious citizens will come together again in communities across the country to celebrate Earth Day and work for the planet’s healthy, sustainable future. This year, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is asking people to join its Protect Our Species campaign to raise awareness of the crucial roles that plants and animals play in ... Read More »

Evoke Childhood Imagination for Healing

“Everything you can imagine is real.” —Pablo Picasso When we are children, our imagination is boundless. A box becomes a castle; an eraser can be a racecar. As we age, however, we let conditioned thinking, societal pressures and the influences of our surroundings inhibit our imagination. Our thoughts become cluttered with limiting beliefs that distance us from our imagination’s creative ... Read More »

Philippe Cousteau on the Power of Wonder and Legacy

BY RANDY KAMBIC  Philippe Cousteau Jr., the 39-year-old grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, is continuing a rich family legacy of sharing the wonders of the natural world with a global audience. A diver, conservationist and environmental activist, the younger Cousteau has also become an inspirational speaker, writer, social entrepreneur and producer of myriad television and film projects. Now ... Read More »

The Art of Healing

Creative Therapy Aids Recovery BY MARLAINA DONATO  For decades, creative expression has been a valuable tool in healing, and expressive arts therapy—the integrated application of two or more art forms—is now considered a life-changing modality for veterans and anyone else struggling with anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also called creative arts therapy, this form of psychotherapy helps patients to ... Read More »

Ocean Robbins on Personal and Planetary Health

BY APRIL THOMPSON  Food revolutionary Ocean Robbins has dedicated his life to inspiring others to rethink their food choices to transform both personal and planetary health. It’s a path forged in part by his father, John Robbins, who walked away from the family ice cream company, Baskin-Robbins, to become an acclaimed health advocate and author. Together, father and son founded ... Read More »

Our Planet

Netflix Series Reveals Its Fragile Beauty Ten years after the groundbreaking documentary Planet Earth, an eight-part sequel, Our Planet, shows even more rapturous scenes of our planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats. Premiering globally April 5 on Netflix, it was filmed during four years in 50 countries across every continent, involving more than 600 film crew members and 3,500 days spent ... Read More »

Worldwide Worry

Environmental Risks Register as Top Threat Environmental risks are the top three concerns among the 1,000 global decision-makers surveyed in the latest Global Risks Perception Survey of the World Economic Forum (WEF). For the third straight year, “extreme weather” ranked first, followed by “failed climate change mitigation” and “natural disasters”. The survey was part of a WEF annual report produced ... Read More »

Earth Day in Union Square Will Launch 50th Anniversary Countdown

This spring’s Earth Day New York, in Union Square, will launch a yearlong countdown to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. This landmark anniversary will attract visibility and attention that organizers hope to channel into “doing real and impactful good,” especially as people seem more eager than ever to move environmental policies in a positive direction.  “The idea of a Green New Deal has captured ... Read More »

New Software Analyzes Blood Tests to Recommend Diet

Software that indicates the best diet for a person based on his or her blood test is now available at The Biamonte Center for Clinical Nutrition, in Queens. Michael Biamonte, a certified clinical nutritionist, originally helped develop the software for NASA. “The diet can change as the patient’s symptoms improve, and this is where most holistic programs can fail,” Biamonte ... Read More »

East Village Is Home to Manhattan’s Only Storefront Food Co-Op

“Food for people, not for profit.” That’s the motto of the 4th Street Food Co-op, Manhattan’s only storefront food co-op, which is open to the public and entirely volunteer staffed. “Not only can anybody shop here, but discounts are given to seniors, students, EBT recipients and members of other co-ops around the world,” says volunteer Jason Trachtenburg. The produce at ... Read More »