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Climate Change Our Oceans Are At Risk

A study conducted by Monterey Bay Aquarium illustrates the disparity between which countries are responsible for the most carbon emissions and which countries are seeing the biggest effects reviewed in last weeks post.

With the ocean covering 72% of our planet the study goes on to note that the ocean absorbs 93% of the heat from climate change, once again illustrating that climate change is a global issue too large to ignore. Oceans regulate weather patterns and is just one of the many ways we are all living with the instability of climate change.  Food supply is another factor not only for humans who include fish in their diet, but the entire food chain.  Coastal cities and communities are home to 2.4 billion people, nearly 37 percent of our population. And 97 percent of people who make their living by fishing are from developing countries that depend on fishing as a primary source of food and income.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Climate Change Map Shipping LanesThe map above measures Green House (GH) Emissions and the blue streaks in the ocean are popular shipping lanes responsible for transporting 10 billion metric tons per year of raw materials, food, and other commodities to sustain international commerce. We know climate change is not the only danger to our oceans, micro plastics, trash, leeching chemicals are all destroying this beautiful and essential ecosystem and if you want to read more check out our Inspiring Reads section below for great books on our oceans.


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Doing It Right - aksfairtrade logo

Two sisters passionate about women's development and the planet established Aks which in Urdu language means reflection. 80% of women's lives in emergent nations is connected to textiles so they focus on manufacturing a product connected to the lives of women.  Hand embroidered sneakers are made using Fairtrade certified organic cotton with 100% natural rubber outer soles. No plastic, no man made synthetics, no toxic chemicals and no blends makes it safer for the women picking the cotton and saves 92% water compared to conventional cotton. The hand embroidery preserves a heritage craft and results are comfortable, beautiful, one of a kind, lightweight, naturally bio-degradable sneakers. What you wear is a reflection of you so shop AKS now.

Inspiring Reads - BetterWorldBooks.com

Fund literacy and protect the planet when you buy books from Certified B Corporation, Better World Books. We hope the books mentioned below inspire your journey.

 Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore
by Elizabeth Rush

FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE IN GENERAL NONFICTION WINNER OF THE NATIONAL OUTDOOR BOOK AWARD A CHICAGO TRIBUNE TOP TEN BOOK OF 2018 A GUARDIAN , NPR's SCIENCE FRIDAY , PUBLISHERS WEEKLY , AND LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2018 Hailed as "deeply felt" ( New York Times ), "a revelation" ( Pacific Standard ), and "the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing" ( Chicago Tribune ), Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love. With every passing day, and every record-breaking hurricane, it grows clearer that climate change is neither imagined nor distant-
Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River

 Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River
by David Owen

The Colorado River is a crucial resource for a surprisingly large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows down it is owned or claimed by someone. David Owen traces all that water from the Colorado's headwaters to its parched terminus, once a verdant wetland but now a million-acre desert. 
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
by Dan Egan

Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Award Midwest Booksellers Choice Award Winner "Nimbly splices together history, science, reporting and personal experiences into a taut and cautiously hopeful narrative.... Egan's book is bursting with life (and yes, death)."--Robert Moor, New York Times Book Review
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VIVAIA offers a wide selection of comfortable, stylish women's shoes that are eco-friendly and zero waste by using upcycled materials and 3D technology. Plastic bottles are recycled to make thread, wool comes from happy sheep, infused herbs neutralize insole odors, carbon-free outsoles, simple packaging from recycled cardboard and a commitment to audit and monitor factory conditions for fair, safe employee first working conditions using renewable energy.  Flats are machine washable, heeled shoes hand washing recommended.  Click on your personal style and step into conscious comfort.

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Santicler manufactures beautiful, easy to care for women's apparel, made with nontoxic materials from renewable resources for the lowest environmental impact . Committed to social responsibility, material ethically sourced and zero waste processes. Packaging is recycled or biodegradable materials without compromising on quality.  As summer winds down we encourage you to jump to their site and get ready for cooler weather with soft, luxurious apparel and accessories. Shop Santicler products.

East Fork Pottery takes a stand for social equality.  Partnering with community outreach organizations to stretch outside their comfort zone; paying employees a living wage, they are now working towards increasing wages to a family living wage.  Receiving Carbon Neutral Certification and B Corporation Certification has inspired them to make even greater changes. East Fork's About Page was part of our inspiration for starting The Savvy Elephant. AND we haven't even touched on how stunning and beautiful their pottery is!  See for yourself by clicking through to the East Fork Website.  

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