Many of you know that I’ve started this small, and mighty, agency to gather like-minded, brilliant communicators who want to help catalyze solutions at the nexus of environmental and human health.
We’re a band of humans who want to contribute to positive change - sharing stories of the people and organizations that stir us. This is what Marin Restorative is all about.
As naturalist E.O. Wilson writes, “There can be no purpose more inspiring than to begin the age of restoration, reweaving the wondrous diversity of life that still surrounds us.”
Please join us in our journey towards restoration.
Sitting quietly and trying to make sense of our new reality, like the child in the famous Christmas story parable, my optimistic side is choosing to see the hidden potential long-term gifts in the chaos. I want to sing with the Italians who celebrate a shared humanity from their balconies as I hope that:
Let’s model the best of human nature for our children and be kind to one another. And maybe, just maybe, a spectacular shiny pony will poke its wondrous head around the barn door.
We’re thrilled to be working with innovative snack brand Barnana! They are fantastic, fun, smart people who are turning everyday folks into climate champions every time they snack. Does it get any better?!
Barnana is doing its part to reduce food waste in the banana supply chain. Each year 50% of all bananas – the most popular fruit by weight in the United States – produced go to waste. This travesty harms the environment as the discarded fruit emits climate-damaging carbon dioxide. It harms the people in Latin America whose hard work is lost in the trash heap.
Barnana is a founding member of the newly-formed Upcycled Food Association, a consortium of 60 members internationally who share the goal of reducing food waste. “Our colleagues at Barnana have been relentless champions for growing the upcycling movement and bringing others onboard,” said Turner Wyatt, CEO of the UFA. “Thanks in part to their catalyzing efforts, the UFA is gaining momentum. We’re leading the way in creating a common understanding of upcycling and making the practice a natural part of everyday eating.”
Barnana Bites come in six different flavors: Original Banana, Dark Chocolate, Coconut, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Cup and Tropical. They are gluten free, grain free, kosher and vegetarian-diet friendly and they use only fair-trade certified chocolate.
Meet Sophie Egan, author of How to be a Conscious Eater
I have the honor of working with Sophie Egan as a fellow member of the Food for Climate League and recently spoke with her about her new book, How to be a Conscious Eater. She kindly offered to share her thoughts about food waste and her theory of change with us:
"One of the key messages of my book is that small changes add up in the aggregate. We don’t have to turn our lives upside down to make a positive difference, but really just beginning and having the willingness to change over time. Looking at the intersection of human and environmental health—that intention and mindset sets you up to be part of the solution.
I’m excited to translate the scientific consensus, knowledge that is deeply ingrained in many conversations among professionals, to bring that to everyday conversations among eaters. Reference points like the EAT-Lancet report, IPCC reports, Drawdown, the Menus of Change Annual Report, and research by the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative—making that information accessible to household food decision-makers, whose choices have a multiplier effect because they’re shaping the lifelong food preferences of their children."
For the rest of the story, check out the full article on LinkedIn.
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Being based in breathtakingly beautiful Marin County, it’s possible for MRC team members to bump into some of the brightest climate change luminaries in the world, like Paul Hawken, Founder of climate think tank Project Drawdown.
Their vision states: Stopping global warming is possible, with solutions that exist today. In order to do this, we must work together to achieve Drawdown, the point where greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere start to decline. Click here to learn more.