Author Archives: Arami Matevosyan

About Arami Matevosyan

Blog Coordinator for the Sustainable World Coalition - arami@swcoalition.org. Sustainable Environmental Design Major, City & Regional Planning Minor at University of California, Berkeley. Passionate about urban ecologies and sustainable retrofitting with the concept of biomimicry and symbiotic relationship between the built and unbuilt environment.

Frogs in a Warming Climate Pot: Let’s Jump Out Now Before We ‘Croak’

By Ellen Moyer

The U.S. Global Change Research Program’s third National Climate Assessment (NCA), released on May 6, stridently warns us to act immediately to address climate change, saying it’s not too late to prevent the worst effects, including but not limited to inundation of land by rising sea levels, food shortages, water shortages, spread of infectious diseases, dislocated populations, destroyed coral reefs, species extinctions, damaged infrastructure, and economic disruption. This article is not about whether humans caused this crisis, the severity of the impacts, or when impacts will hit — the NCA says “yes,” “dramatic,” and “now” — but about our capacity to deal with this crisis.

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Best of SoS: Funding Environmental Advocacy

This past spring, Sustainable World Coalition co-produced the 2nd annual Spring of Sustainability (SoS),the largest virtual sustainability gathering ever. SoS brought the “best and brightest” leaders in sustainability to the world through teleconference dialogues.

Each week, in our Best of SoS feature, we review one of our favorite episodes. Like what you see? Head over to our upgrade page for a special offer to own the entire Spring of Sustainability series. 

If you believe your nonprofit can make a difference in creating a thriving world, but you need funding to manifest your idea, how do you find it?  Continue reading

The Power of Our Food Choices

By Ellen Moyer

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We see the problems in our lives and in the world and ask, “What can we do?” The answer is, “We’re doing it now.” Whether we like it or not, or know it or not, our small actions repeated day after day add up to huge impacts. Consumers weigh in on a vast array of issues every day.

As for any species, from microorganisms on up, food is at the heart of our lives and how we fit into the web of life. Our eating habits profoundly affect our individual health and well-being; our social, economic, and political systems; and our environment. Our future success as a species may hinge on our food habits.

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Best of SOS: Alisa Gravitz

This past spring, Sustainable World Coalition co-produced the 2nd annual Spring of Sustainability (SoS), the largest virtual sustainability gathering ever. SoS brought the “best and brightest” leaders in sustainability to the world through teleconference dialogues.

Each week, in our Best of SoS feature, we review one of our favorite episodes. Like what you see? Head over to our upgrade page for a special offer to own the entire Spring of Sustainability series. 


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Spring of Sustainability, we got a great tour of the coming green economy from Alisa Gravitz, President and CEO of Green America, the national green economy organization. 

She equated “green” with social and economic justice, community and environmental health. And it’s growing fast: In every sector of the economy there are green solutions growing faster than their counterparts.

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Upgrade Your e-Cycling and Downgrade Your e-Waste

By Arami Matevosyan

e-wasteMany feel that technology is an underlining necessity of our lives. Though we may not like to admit it, we have become dependent on our electronic devices for our work, to stay in communication with each other, and even to relax and recuperate (nothing like curling up with tea and a nice Nook or Kindle). But the problem is not so much accepting our technological state as it is understanding what happens when we upgrade it. How many phones have you used in your lifetime? How many batteries, TVs, or computers? What happens to our “junk” when we upgrade?

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