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Divestment Works: From Apartheid to Climate Change

The Episcopal Church made history in 1971 when it filed the first shareholder resolution by a religious organization. The company in question was General Motors, and the resolution called on the company to withdraw its business in South Africa. It was both church history and business history.

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Losing the Ecological War on Terror

According to the U.K.-based human rights group Global Witness, 147 people were murdered in 2012 for their environmental activism (the latest year data is available), compared to 51 in 2002.

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Your Poop: Now for Money and Science!

Two years ago, it wasn’t your common cure. But today, the nonprofit OpenBiome’s services are in great demand by doctors and hospitals. And its treatments, which have been known to cure one of the most common ailments of today relies on an even more common substance: poop.

Only 2 cents of every international development dollar is spent on women and girls.

More Than a Trend: Why We Must Focus on Women and Girls

Today, with so many initiatives focused on women and girls, the conversations around the importance of gender dynamics may feel trendy. I agree. That said, I’m writing this post because I believe that this trend is warranted, it’s accurate, and it needs to pick up momentum and transform from a trend to a movement.

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Boomers’ Sustainability Diet: What Not To Do

3p correspondent Bill Roth offers five things every baby boomer should stop doing to achieve sustained weight loss, save money and reduce their personal environmental impacts.

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EU Considers Allergy Warning Labels for Herbal Products

They’re pretty, and they often smell great. But for an increasing number of consumers, herbal soaps and body care products cause allergic reactions. The EU is considering requiring allergy warning labels on products that contain herbal sources, such as camomile, lavender or rose derivatives.

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Stuffed Animal Tours: Compassionate Tourism of the Future?

A nursing supply company in southern Japan has come up with a compassionate way to take its elderly clients on travel tours: by sending their stuffed animals ahead for the photo shoot. Elderly or mobility-challenged individuals who aren’t able to attend the cherry blossom festival can send their elected emissaries on the trip.