While on a trip to India, people kept asking Harish Patel about the vest he was wearing. It made him think hard about how his clothes came to be. So Harish co-founded “ishi vest”, a clothing line that would help provide a livable wage to the artisans that create them and also protect the environment. For Global Activism, we talk with Patel about his business model that strives for fair trade, sustainability and equity.
Marv Baldwin left his for-profit sales career to lead the effort in his church to help small farmers in Africa and Latin America live sustainable and dignified lives. For Global Activism, Marv will talk about his work as executive director of Foods Resource Bank, based in suburban Western Springs.
Hard to believe, but true: the average American kid spends an average of seven and a half hours per day using entertainment media on a computer, cell phone, TV, or other electronic device, according to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
A recent Stanford University study about the health value of organic produce stirred up a lot of conversation. Is organic produce overrated? Is sustainable produce too costly in terms of price or carbon footprint?
The myth: It's the responsibility of local governments to deal with stormwater when it rains. The facts: The first line of defense is the property owner. The cumulative efforts of whole communities has significant impact on the quantity and quality of stormwater that ends up in our lakes and rivers.