-- by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. -- We often feel powerless in the face of all that is happening on the Earth, but it is surprising how doing one good deed can help us feel, and be, powerful.  Our action can grow in surprising ways once we have started along that way of thinking; begun that flow of energy. A sample suggestion: make a sanctuary or altar for yourself.  It can be any size, anywhere: a desk top, a window sill, a corner of a room, a place under a tree.  Make it a practice to go daily.  At that sanctuary you can connect with yourself first.  From there ideas for action can begin to form. On a more immediately practical level, make a sanctuary for an animal or a plant, be it...

— by Chelsea Carson — To understand how we, as individuals, can positively impact the Earth, we must first be aware of the impact of our own actions. We cannot change our behaviors if we don't understand the effect they have on the world around us. Beginning to question our daily actions, and making choices that promote positive change, rather than automatically following what others are doing; or purchasing what is available without questioning if we need it, is an excellent first step to becoming an active guardian of the Earth. * For example, when using a piece of paper, reflect on the journey this paper took, all the way back to the living community that...

— by Dr. Ellis Jones — In each edition of The Better World Shopping Guide I compile a list of The Top Ten Things To Change. Number 1 on that list is (and has always been) to change your bank. I know, I know - this is not an easy decision. Most of us have limited options in our town or city. Its a part of our routine. Its asking a lot. Having said that, it makes a HUGE difference, particularly if you're at a big bank currently. Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citibank, and the like are some of the worst rated companies period, for their overall social and environmental impacts. Between bailouts, lobbyists, and financing political campaigns, big banks are at the top of the list of...

Each month, we have will have a suggestion for something we can do and invite your responses, ideas and actions. Ours will come from the basic principle of spiritual ecology, that all Life is sacred and our actions should reflect that principle. Thus we combine the spiritual and the practical into loving action for our Earth. Love always works well... — by Dr. Ellis Jones — Around ten years ago, I wrote The Better World Shopping Guide, part of my attempt to do something good in this world. Now in its 5th Edition, it represents the end result of a long-term research project to create a comprehensive, up-to-date, reliable account of the social and environmental responsibility of every...