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Sustainability - Resources and store for all things non-plastic. Stop using plastic. - Recycle hard-to-recycle materials. Print your paid postage stamp and ship it off. - Planting trees globally in primarily no-logging areas since 1992. Founded by John Denver. - Sells carbon offset, renewable energy, and water restoration certificates. - Sells carbon offset, renewable energy, and water restoration certificates. - Blog about reducing needless everyday waste.

Sustainable Music - Brooklyn Phono is a vinyl pressing plant which allows you the option to use reclaimed black vinyl from old records in order to reduce waste. In a world that is repressing records which are already available used, I commend these folks. - If you don't feel like doing it all yourself, Sire Press has some eco-friendly and short-run options for CD's. - Stumptown Printers is a worker collective out of Portland, OR that offers printing services on 100% recycled stock. You can also purchase blank 100% recycled record and CD sleeves/packaging in bulk.

Learn / Teach / Act - Effort to research aquatic plastic pollution and to find solutions for regaining a plastic-free ocean. S.E.A. (Science, Education, Activism) Change. - The Albert Einstein Institution is a nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Gene Sharp in 1983 to advance the study and use of strategic nonviolent action in conflicts throughout the world. See: (198 methods of nonviolent action) - The loss of aboriginal peoples is not only immoral and sad, it also has negative effects on the ecosystems in which they reside. - This website focuses on how fear of “terrorism” is being exploited to push a political and corporate agenda. Specifically, the focus is on how animal rights and environmental advocates are being branded “eco-terrorists” in what many are calling the Green Scare. - Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. - Daniel Quinn's Ishmael had a profound impact on me as a reader. The book follows a fictional dialogue between a telepathic gorilla and his human student which attempts to explain how society got to be the way it is today. This website has many resources and excerpts pertaining to Daniel Quinn's books. - Non-profit organization with the mission of providing free education to anyone, anywhere. - A small publisher of books and zines hoping to make a positive impact within communities all over the world. Books/zines about bicycles, veganism, composting, and gardening among many, many other subjects. - Transcend International is a peace development network which not only offers mediation and conflict transformation services, but also publishes peace related books, provides online courses, performs research, and disseminates solution-oriented peace journalism via its Transcend Media Service. Founded by Johan Galtung, often cited as the father of peace studies. - In our culture, animals are not just used for food and material as needed but treated as biological machines for our consumption, killed in terrifying and mechanistic fashion like something out of the Saw movies. I'm by no means perfect when it comes to a vegetarian/vegan diet, but I'm trying. We can all put forth at least some effort in this respect even if just cutting back or consuming as ethically as possible. This site has lots of information about how to do that. - UC Berkeley Social Psychology course in its entirety. One of my favorite topics with a great and enthusiastic professor, Robb Willer, at the helm. - Another full college course online. This one by the fantastic Robert Sapolsky on Human Behavioral Biology.


Brave New World / Brave New World Revisited - Aldous Huxley

The Depression Cure - Stephen Ilardi

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

The Happiness Hypothesis - Jonathan Haidt

Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace

Ishmael - Daniel Quinn

Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury

Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas - David Cortright

Peace Business: Humans and Nature Above Markets and Capital - Jack Santa Barbara, Fred Dubee and Johan Galtung

Peace by Peaceful Means: Peace and Conflict, Development and Civilization - Johan Galtung

The Rebel - Albert Camus

The Third Side - William Ury

Transcend and Transform: An Introduction to Conflict Work - Johan Galtung