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Mottainai: How a Japanese expression of regret grew into a global movement to respect the environment

“If we have a sharing mindset instead of being selfish, we can make this world a better place with the heart of “mottainai,” says Mariko Shinju, author of the children’s book Mottainai Grandma. This summer, the “Mottainai Grandma” books were released as a cartoon series for free in six languages: Japanese, English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Hindi. Watch them with your little ones and explore the meaning of “Mottainai!”

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Meatless Living: A daily commitment

I always think about the fact that, in India, the cow is a sacred animal. And that, in Ancient Egypt, the pig was revered and sacrificed to honor the Gods. Or, that in many Native American cultures, animals served as spiritual guides. I have never been a fervent carnivore. And although it may sound strange, …

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Reflections in times of Coronavirus

Since Saturday March 14th, when the State of Alarm was announced in Spain, we have been confined to our houses for the double purpose of not becoming infected with COVID-19 ourselves and not collapsing our health care system, which since the 2008 crisis has been operating at minimum levels.  This is our sixth week living …

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The Power of the Consumer

Sometimes we underestimate ourselves. We think we aren’t powerful enough to make changes at the societal level, and that our actions are insignificant. We believe this so profoundly that it blocks our ability to think, take action, and react to issues that really affect and matter to us. Contrarily, there is nothing more effective than …

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