Archive for : The Huffington Post

Tikkun Olam and Race: Five New Year’s Resolutions

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post on October 7, 2016.

By David Eisner

In the weeks before Rosh Hashanah, I participated in several gatherings of people whose lives are devoted to service and social change, and, especially, to engaging more individuals and communities to care about these things. These gatherings included 125 organizations participating in Service Matters: A Summit on Jewish Service (I’m CEO of Repair the World, which convened the gathering); a retreat of the CEOs of organizational members of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable; a retreat of the Board of Advisors and Board of Directors of Points of Light, the world’s largest organization devoted to volunteering and service; and, a conference marking the 15th Anniversary of the Building Bridges Coalition, convened by that coalition, Service Year Alliance and the Brookings think tank.

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We Can’t Support and ‘Dis’ Service at the Same Time

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post on April 12, 2016

By David Eisner

When I was CEO from 2003 through 2008 at the Corporation for National and Community Service — which oversees AmeriCorps, VISTA, Senior Corps and other elements of the country’s investment in service — I used to talk about moving our collective perception of service from “nice to necessary.”

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Repair Inspiration: Eat Vegetarian, Cut Your Carbon Footprint

There are lots of ways to “eat green” and live an eco-friendly lifestyle, but a new report published in the journal Climactic Change suggests that one of the best things you can do to lower your carbon footprint is to eat a vegetarian diet.

Whether you are a long time vegan or not a fan of the idea of living meat free (on Meatless Monday or any day), check out this story excerpt below, or read the whole thing on The Huffington Post.

Vegetarianism Cuts Your Dietary Carbon Footprint A Ridiculous Amount, Study Finds
By: Joanna Zelman

As the economic, political and personal costs of doing nothing to mitigate climate change skyrocket, there’s one lifestyle change that slashes dietary greenhouse gas emissions in half: Veganism.

Climate change is predicted to cost the U.S. billions of dollars by mid-century, poses a growing national security threat, and will make some regions of America “unsuited for outdoor activity.”

A new report published in the journal Climatic Change compared greenhouse gas emissions attributable to more than 55,000 meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the U.K. The researchers found that meat-eaters’ dietary greenhouse gas emissions were twice as high as vegans’.

The production, transportation and storage of food greatly contributes to emissions, the study points out. These emissions range from carbon dioxide related to fossil fuels used to power farm machinery, to the methane released by livestock. Animal-based products tend to release more emissions than plant-based products due to the methane animals can produce and the inefficiencies in growing livestock feed.

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Monday Link Roundup

Happy Monday! Get your week started off right with your regular dose of inspiring service and social justice-related posts from around the web.

  • The Huffington Post featured an article and video about an awesome kid in Detroit who hosted a popcorn and lemonade stand to raise money for his city.
  • TakePart indulged people with Olympic fever by rounding up a list of do-gooding Olympic athletes who give back to their communities.
  • GOOD shared the hidden costs (to the environment and our health) behind the hamburgers we eat. Turns out, eating one less hamburger per week makes a BIG difference.
  • GOOD also made the case that the green movement needs their equivalent of a “Marlboro Man.”
  • Hands On Blog reminded readers that volunteering as a family is not only fun, it benefits everyone involved.