Green Festivals Merge Economics with the Environment

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Green Festival is an annual, multi-city event in the U.S. promoting sustainable products and innovation. In addition to public demonstrations, the festivals feature eco-friendly merchants, ethical cuisine, and live music from around the world. By merging the merits of sustainability with economics, Green Festivals help instigate the cooperation of corporate investors to conduct business responsibly, in addition to backing companies that adhere to sustainable methods of operation. This support is crucial if we wish to secure the funding needed to incubate future innovations. These innovations will enable us to improve upon our actions as a whole, as it will take a change… read more

5 Reasons Why it is Better to Invest Locally

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The rise of corporate chain stores has had a profound effect on society. Rather than walking a couple blocks to a familiar shop, we drive miles to reach stand-alone super-centers inaccessible by foot. And instead of paying a fair price on items of lasting value, we invest in items of poor quality, impulsively giving ourselves over to supposed “sales” and “discounts”, which merely cost us in the long run. Despite the clutter of chain stores, there remains a future for independent business, and investing in small businesses in your town or city reaps many benefits for yourself and your community…. read more

Green Jobs in Red States

Green Jobs in Red States

Despite the ongoing debates on Capitol Hill, green job initiatives appear to be less controversial outside of Washington D.C. In recent years, green sector jobs, with an emphasis on clean tech jobs, have been praised by all parties as a solution to generating sustainable energy, as well as the source of jobs that provide living-wages for employees and their families. But ultimately, green sector growth contributes to a stronger economy. However, one must turn to the states, not the capitol, if they wish to obtain an authentic representation of the progress being made. Republican governors and mayors, especially, are more… read more

BLACKFISH Causes Waves Of Scrutiny For SeaWorld

BLACKFISH Causes Waves Of Scrutiny For SeaWorld

If you have ever been to SeaWorld or are thinking about it, you may want to read on. BLACKFISH is a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival about SeaWorld, and it indicates the detriment to captive orca whales, and unfortunately, their trainers. In 2010, SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida was the home of a horrific tragedy. Tilikum, an orca whale, killed experienced trainer Dawn Brancheau. BLACKFISH is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, who has researched killer whales held in captivity for 40 years. Culminating in this eye-opening documentary, BLACKFISH tries to bring to light Brancheau’s work as a skilled trainer, and her… read more

Will Fast Food Serve Up A Fair Wage?

Will Fast Food Serve Up A Fair Wage?

Recent strikes have been occurring over the past few months and probably more are in the works for the restaurant industry. Fair wages are on the itinerary, and low wage workers are tired of waiting. If you have ever been employed in fast food production or know someone who has, this is a pertinent subject. Long hours, no benefits, and often irregular schedules can also come with a side of low pay for many food service workers. Fast food is no stranger to criticism over rising obesity levels and poor nutrition. However, healthy options offered or not, current society is… read more

Tips for a Greener Office

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To begin, no green renovations, big or small, will make an environmental dent if the company who employs them manufactures unsustainable products or services. However, any personal change among employees, let alone the habits of an entire office are certainly worth the effort. Though it would help if the office wasn’t situated in the headquarters of an oil company. That said, there are numerous, often simply over-looked, altercations that will improve the productivity and efficiency of an office. On a personal level you can begin by using refillable pens. Over 5 billion pens are bought and tossed out by Americans… read more

Green Degrees

Green Degrees

You needn’t attain a university education to begin a life devoted to the environment, nor must you be an environmentalist to enjoy the benefits of earning a degree in green courses. However, if you are in pursuit of a higher education and increased opportunity, you’d be wise to consider majors with emphasis on improving the health and sustainability of our society. Law Environmental Law concerns the relationship between human activity, especially corporate and industrial, and its effects on the environment and human health. Most who aspire to become a lawyer specializing in environmental issues get their Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental… read more

Famous Entrepreneurs Help Save The World

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The majority of the successful entrepreneurs we hear about everyday didn’t receive their wealth or fame by advocating on behalf of our planet, but some of the most notable in the business world are so popular for this very reason. Depending on their industry, branching out to matters of ecological concern would seem rather out of place, though not unwelcome. Then again, if you’re a few of the names below, this would seem completely in character for you. Blacklemag is proud to present a list of wealthy individuals we feel are doing their part to clean up our planet. Sir… read more

All Choked Up In China

Choking In China

  Earlier this year pictures of the air pollution swathing the skies in China’s highly inhabited cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Xian and Guangzhou were released, and it is hard to imagine living and working in that environment. Overdue reports on the increasingly bad breathing quality disclosed that the air’s particle count had exploded to 755 in Beijing, the largest amount ever recorded there. The air was thick with PM2.5, which is a tiny element filled with numerous toxins like heavy metals, chemicals and microorganisms. It can enter the bloodstream when breathed in and can contribute to health issues like cancer, cardiovascular and… read more

So, Where Did The Weird Wheat Come From?

So, Where Did The Weird Wheat Come From?

A curious thing appeared in a wheat field in Eastern Oregon recently. Attempting to get rid of some out of harvest wheat plants that sprouted, farmers noticed that the plants did not respond to a commonly used herbicide called glyphosate. They knew this was not a normal type of wheat. Oregon State researchers were called in to examine the crop for why it was unaffected by the herbicide, and it was found that the plants were in fact genetically resistant to the substance. Further investigation revealed that the plants came from a particular wheat strain produced by a St. Louis, Missouri… read more