Cover from The Better World Shopping Guide
— by Pamela Jay —
Let me share with you……… YES YES YES …there is so much we can do every day in every way to change the world and make our existence constructive rather than destructive.
I will share one for today that is utterly AWESOME……
Ellis Jones, Ph.D. reminds us that we go to the polls a few times a year to vote…….but we actually are voting every day by who and where we spend our money. The average American family spends around $25,000 every year on goods and services…. Think of it as casting 25,000 votes every year for the kind of world you want to live in. Dr. Jones has created The Better World Shopping Guide already in its fifth edition and continues to be the gold standard for socially and environmentally responsible consumers… and it’s small enough to fit in your pocket. Drawing on over 25 years of research, this comprehensive resource rates every corporation and product on their business practices regarding environmental sustainability, human rights, community involvement, animal protection and social justice from A to F so you can quickly tell the “good guys” from the bad guys” – turning any of your purchases into a powerful tool to change the world. This information and an i-phone app is also found on his website www.betterworldshopper.org
This has changed everything for me personally about how and where I spend my money.
From Better World Shopper, Dr. Ellis Jones
Note from Susan: Though we may not see the direct connection between shopping and preserving wildlife, many companies have practices that destroy or degrade the land they need to survive. Careful shopping may not be as immediate or satisfying as saving an injured animal because we can’t see the results directly. But we are contributing to easing suffering that we can’t see by shopping with care and love.
“In the course of history there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness to reach a higher moral ground, a time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.” – Wangari Mathaai
Pamela Jay has dedicated her life to Teaching Community restoration in the social and environmental justice realms. She has over 40 years’ experience providing services in settings for populations “marginalized” through culture or experience. Throughout her career she has contributed to the development of innovative methodologies and educational processes used today in Teaching Communities worldwide. During her 25 years with Amity Foundation, she worked in a variety of capacities, always with the intent of creating healing and restorative environments. This passion has motivated her to teach and implement the Pachamama Symposium, Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream. She has delivered the Symposium to over 4,000 people in unlikely places: behind prison walls, South Central Los Angeles, gang-involved teens and Native Americans embarking on recovery. The Pachamama Alliance is a global community working for a sustainable community that works for all: pachamama.org.