“Hope Spots” & the Plan to Save Our Oceans

The earth’s oceans, taken in the entirety of their depth and breadth, comprise up to 99% of the living space on Earth, a stunning fact. As oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle puts it “our fate and the ocean’s are one.”


A Life Dedicated to Ocean Activism

Melissa Aguayo of the 5 Gyres Institute, an organization whose mission is to raise public awareness and increase corporate responsibility towards plastic pollution. 5 Gyres promotes the idea of a circular economy, which aims to keep waste to a minimum and materials within a recurring cycle of use...

Collective Action

Youth Worldwide are Skipping School to Strike for Climate Action

Fridays For Future: The youngest voices in the growing climate crisis movement are also some of the boldest.


The Origin & Future of Landfill

Mount Everest made headlines recently — the Nepalese government just hauled 24,000 pounds of trash off the mountain, pulling back the curtain on what had become the world’s highest garbage dump.


Plastic Bags: the Bans, & the Bans on Bans

Plastic bags were introduced in the U.S. by way of Sweden in 1979. By the end of the 1980s, they were everywhere, leaving the paper grocery bag in the dust. Today, two million of them are used per minute — and that’s a low estimate. Consider whether you’ve already used one today — the chances are pretty high.


Single Use Plastics On-Screen, and Off

In case you missed it, the last two episodes of HBO’s beloved Game of Thrones featured surprising contemporary villains: a Starbucks to-go coffee cup one week, a plastic water bottle the next. The memes followed, poking fun at the awkwardness of today’s ubiquitous single-use drink containers sitting alongside goblets made of bone.


What “Certified Compostable” Means

The global symbol for recycling — that three-arrowed triangle — was inspired by Earth Day 1970. USC student Gary Anderson won a contest with his simple visual that featured the three steps of the recycling process: collection, manufacturing, and purchase of the new product.


Five Breakthroughs Worth Celebrating on Earth Day

Earth Day began on April 22, 1970, when 20 million people across the United States rallied for a clean environment. It has since become an annual celebration and a global day of action. In that spirit, we’d like to celebrate how far we’re come.