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Call for Student Videos!

March 31, 2017 | Lauren K. Ward

Still want a chance to show your film at the Earth Optimism Summit? You still can! The Earth Optimism Student Video Competition is officially over, but we're still accepting videos to share on our social channels and exhibit in our short films showcase at the Summit. 

Photo by MCPA Photos

Small Plastics with Large Consequences

February 17, 2017 | Jian Rzeszewicz

The regulation of microbeads is saving the environment

Help shine a light one what's working in conservation.

Earth Optimism Summit Announces Student Video Competition

February 2, 2017 | Lauren K. Ward

The Earth Optimism global mission celebrates a focus-shift in the dialogue about conservation and sustainability, from problems and losses to hope and solutions. The Earth Optimism Summit, April 21-23, 2017, is being hosted by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, with partner events around the world. Thought leaders, scientists, artists, environmentalists, civic leaders, and other conservation-minded citizens will gather to share stories of conservation success and discuss solutions for addressing climate change and biodiversity sustainability. The power of media, including video shorts, is an important part of this storytelling celebration

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Earth Optimism: "What's Working in Conservation"

February 1, 2017 | Lauren K. Ward

The global conservation movement has reached a turning point.

Photo by George Lu

Endangered No Longer: The Giant Panda's Remarkable Recovery

January 25, 2017 | Jian Rzeszewicz

The lovable Giant Panda, as of 2016, is no longer considered an endangered species.

Photo by Bert van Dijk

India's New Green Machine

January 13, 2017 | Jian Rzeszewicz

India's unveiling of their new solar power plant might tackle widespread electrical issues across the country and significantly reduce carbon emissions.

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Aquaculture Comes Full Circle

November 21, 2016 | Emily Frost

Until recently we were farmers on land and hunter-gatherers at sea, but how we get our seafood is changing rapidly. With demands for seafood growing and catch from wild fisheries stagnating, aquaculture is an increasingly important player in maintaining seafood as a viable food source around the world. The global aquaculture industry has grown by leaps and bounds since 1980—up 8 percent every year through 2012. In the U.S., roughly half of the fish we eat is farmed, yet almost all of that farmed fish is imported (along with the majority of wild fish).

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Drink Coffee Responsibly, Save an Endangered Bird Species

November 21, 2016 | Lauren K. Ward

Coffee progressives and enthusiasts have probably heard of fair trade certified coffee – a sustainable development practice that facilitates responsible working conditions for coffee bean farmers often marginalized by the industry. But how many people have ever heard of bird-friendly coffee?