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A resolute defender of the environment, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. explains why good economic policy is identical to good environmental policy. Hailed for spearheading the fight to protect New York City's water supply, his work led to the creation of the Watershed Agreement, a landmark piece of environmental legislation, upon which others around the world have been modeled. He is the coauthor of the best-selling book The Riverkeepers. More
Program manager and engineer Dana Levy explains biomimicry through the biology-to-design example of the invention of Velcro. Learn more about Dana Levy More
Bob Berkebile: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/b862c1facef2472dc46b4924f0fae2df/ Laura Lesniewski: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/b3dff7dcee0752854faab155f32faa34/ More
What can we learn from nature's genius? Dayna Baumeister PhD, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild, explains how this emerging discipline can inform the future of design. Learn more about Dayna Baumeister: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/c8ec2b8ae2caedee5fd3479e33a41492/ More
omega institute skip backus OCSL introduction video
At the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, you can observe the Eco Machine™ treating wastewater without chemicals and get a close-up look at the solar and geothermal systems that provide energy, heating, and cooling for the building. In this video introduction to the OCSL building, Omega CEO Robert "Skip" Backus and Eco Machine™ designer John Todd talk about the motivations for constructing this facility, as well as the importance of water as a tool for teaching about interconnectedness.  More
http://www.eomega.org/ocsl Maude Victoria Barlow (born May 24, 1947) is a Canadian author and activist. She is the national chairperson of The Council of Canadians, a progressive citizens’ advocacy organization with members and chapters across Canada. She is also the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works internationally for the right to water. She serves on the board of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization, is chair of the board of Washington-based Food & Water Watch, and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. More
http://www.eomega.org/ocsl Maude Victoria Barlow (born May 24, 1947) is a Canadian author and activist. She is the national chairperson of The Council of Canadians, a progressive citizens’ advocacy organization with members and chapters across Canada. She is also the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works internationally for the right to water. She serves on the board of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization, is chair of the board of Washington-based Food & Water Watch, and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. More
Dayna Baumeister PhD, cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild, explains how a sense of curiosity about the way nature works will help you thrive as a designer. Learn more about Dayna Baumeister: http://eomega.org/omega/faculty/viewProfile/c8ec2b8ae2caedee5fd3479e33a41492/ More

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Omega Institute Welcome to the Sharing Economy
Chances Are, You're Already Part of It
What is the sharing economy? Beth Buczynski, author of Sharing is Good, told Omega she defines it as being about “access over ownership, and experience over possession.” It seeks to create, she says, “a way for people to access things conveniently and safely enough so they don’t have to go about the collection of personal things like we’ve done in the past.” More
Omega Institute 4 Ways Urban Gardens Strengthen Community
1. Access to Safe, Nutritious FoodUrban agriculture is an important part of an ecologically sustainable and abundant food production system. According to the USDA, 15 percent of global food production takes place in urban environments and provides some food security for growing urban populations. More
Omega Institute What Permaculture Teaches Us About Leadership
Though expressed as design principles for agriculture, the 12 principles of permaculture can also be interpreted more broadly, as important principles for decision making and leadership, helping us take action in an integrated way on a variety issues. Here are a few of these principles, taken beyond the field, the garden, and the forest, to see what they can offer all of us as leaders.  More
Omega Institute Using Your Yes: A Positive Approach to a Sustainable Future
A Positive Approach to a Sustainable Future
The impulse that often draws people toward activism is a profound feeling of "No!" This can manifest as an inability to stay silent about a variety of environmental issues, including pollution of the air we breathe and the water we drink, the loss of wild lands and quiet spaces, and the grave risks of climate change. More
Omega Institute How to Approach the Next 20 Years by Chris Martenson
The big story is this: the world has physical limits that we are already encountering, but our economy operates as if none exist. Our economy requires growth. I don't mean require as if it's written in a legal document somewhere, but require in the sense that our economy really only functions well when it’s growing. With growth, jobs are created and debts can be serviced. Without growth, these and many other facets simply and mysteriously crumble causing economic pain and confusion. More
Omega Institute What's Carbon Got to Do With It? By Paul Hawken
An Interview With Paul Hawken
Omega: In your presentation at the 2013 Where We Go From Here Conference, you stated, “Carbon is not our nightmare. It’s the answer to our nightmare.” Can you explain your perspective on the role that carbon plays in our lives? More
Omega Institute The Triple Threat Facing Our Oceans: Overfishing, Acidification & Pollution
What You Can Do About Overfishing, Acidification & Pollution
Overfishing An area or species is overfished when the fish are caught more quickly than they can reproduce. According to Save Our Seas, roughly three quarters of the world’s fish stocks are currently being overfished and 80 percent are either fully exploited or are declining. A full 90 percent of large predatory fish—including tuna, cod, swordfish, sharks, and other species—are gone. More
Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level
Speak Out for Small Island States on World Environment Day
This year's World Environment Day is focused on small island nations who are at high risk as sea levels rise. More

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