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Traditional techniques in sustainable farming can play a role in protecting pollinators from overwhelming declines

The Trump administration announced Monday that it will begin oil leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We've been working for decades to protect this 19 million acre wilderness, and we're not giving up now.

John Muir was among the early advocates for preserving the Tongass National Forest. Teddy Roosevelt declared it a national forest — America's largest. But why are people from California to Texas to Maine so passionate about a forest in remote southern Alaska? Much of that passion is owed to the fact that some places stir the imagination and therefore, the soul. People also understand intuitively that the campaign to save the Tongass is about something larger than even that vast forest: It’s about what we value as a society.

For what would become the nation’s most effective conservation and recreation law, it was an awkward beginning. 

Tips for making the most of a backyard camping adventure.

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Johanna Neumann
Senior Director, Campaign for 100% Renewable Energy

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, many of us are making plans to celebrate our moms. Here are 12 ideas that you can use celebrate both your mom and nature this Mother’s Day.

We’re in a peculiar, frightening moment, and it’s not clear how long it will last. Like most people, I’ve changed a lot of my habits: going to the grocery store as little as possible, stocking up on stuff like ground beef, refried beans, rice, stock. Heading out for long walks to the few parts of Minneapolis I haven’t been to before. I’ve got a freezer fully stocked with a few weeks’ worth of locally sourced meat, mainly because there happens to be a really great butcher a few blocks away that’s still open. I’ve never taken the time to do that before. I feel pretty lucky, all things considered.

This has me thinking about Minnesota’s evironmental priorities, and why we aren’t changing them.

Looking for some children’s books to help spark your young one’s love of nature? We’ve got you covered.

Earth Day was primed for a big celebration this year -- it's 50th. But with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it's an event that can't be celebrated with a big party. Still, that doesn't mean teachers (and parents teaching at home) can't connect with students on a broad array of environmental issues.

For 50 years, schools and communities across the country have celebrated Earth Day, holding educational events, clean-up projects and other activities to help kids learn about the planet and ways to protect it. But this year’s Earth Day school celebrations face a unique challenge. We pulled together a set resources that teachers can use in their virtual classrooms.