Recognizing the value of diversity in our yards could make a difference for the planet and our health.

Photo of globe close up view of residential neighborhoods
Photo of globe close up view of residential neighborhoods

Humans have been treating the Earth as if it was made only for us for as long as we have been around. Because the population wasn’t what it is now, our impact wasn’t always as impactful.

A good portion of land on the planet is now populated by human homes. One way those of us who live in traditional neighborhoods can make a difference is by redefining “acceptable” landscapes.

For many, homeownership means they have made it. Then, for some reason, we proceed to make our home look like what everyone else's homes look like. If a home isn’t already…


People either don’t know, don’t believe it is as dangerous as it has proven to be, or simply don’t care.

photo of danger sign with skull and cross bones
photo of danger sign with skull and cross bones

Last week Bayer announced a $2 billion settlement to pay for future U.S. cancer claims against one of their best-selling products — Roundup weed killer.

But that doesn’t mean they will stop selling it. Nor will they readily agree to put health warnings on labels about the risks it poses, both to the environment and our health. And sadly, if history is any indication, the product will continue to be widely used.

Despite all the health-related lawsuits from Roundup users, retailers Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, and Target will continue to sell it. And the federal government hasn’t required Bayer (and…


Trying to do my part to make the world a better place, helping others along the way with that same goal.

Photo of me, my son, and husband out exploring in North Georgia
Photo of me, my son, and husband out exploring in North Georgia

You, my friend, can call me Sandy. I’m a recovering advocate. Name any social issue, and it's likely at some time I’ve tried to figure out how to tackle it.

I’m also a big fan of education, formal or not. I love to learn and share what I have learned with others. I went back to school a few years ago for an MBA and quickly decided I could manage a dual degree (while working full time) and signed…


At this point, it’s a sure bet you won’t change their minds.

Many Americans have already been distancing from trump supporting friends and family since before the 2016 election. Their support for trump was always a red flag. It showed us people we loved, but didn’t always agree with, were racist and downright cruel. But this past week’s events took us to the point of no return.

After all, they were willing to support a politician and ideology willing to destroy everything we thought America stood for. Despite these actions, they maintained their support for him:

Withdrawal from the Paris agreement during a critical time to slowing adverse climate change effects.


Actions you can stick to that make a difference.

Photo of pine wreath around a greeting card that says New Year
Photo of pine wreath around a greeting card that says New Year

It’s time to think about those dreaded New Year’s resolutions. Every year, we make them and most years we give up before the end of January. This year, I challenge you to take action for the planet. Your actions will make a difference.

Every time you do something it matters, even if it feels minuscule. For example, by starting the conversation around straws it elevated the conversation around single-use items and plastic waste. The issue made many restaurants, manufacturers, and individuals think differently. It also meant more eco-friendly options were made as an alternative.

When you make eco-friendly choices others…


A tale of memories triggered by homemade baked goods

Photo of homemade apple pie with roller pin and flour
Photo of homemade apple pie with roller pin and flour

This piece is dedicated to Dennett’s Weeds & Wildflower prompt- Guilty Pleasures. Thank you, Dennett, for bringing back these memories for me.

As far back as I can remember, my mother baked, whether it was cakes, pies, cookies, or cupcakes. Whether it was for a holiday, birthday, visiting family, or just around the house. Baking was the one constant in our lives. With five kids at home, I’m amazed that she ever had the time. …


Will we listen and work alongside them or continue to assume we know better?

“We must pay close attention to those with another imagination: an imagination outside of capitalism, as well as communism. We will soon have to admit that those people, like the millions of indigenous people fighting to prevent the takeover of their lands and the destruction of their environment — the people who still know the secrets of sustainable living — are not relics of the past, but the guides to our future.” — Arundhati Roy, author and activist

For centuries, Indigenous people have been subjected to centuries of genocide, land theft, wiping out food sources, water pollution, and forced migration…


Tweet from Cori Bush-Change does not come from this place unless we bring it ourselves.
Tweet from Cori Bush-Change does not come from this place unless we bring it ourselves.

On November 3, 2020, Cori Bush was elected to serve on the US House of Representatives for the state of Missouri. Ms. Bush is an activist and rising star with a Progressive platform. She’s also been embraced as a new member of the “Squad”, joining forces with current Congressional members AOC, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Ilhan Omar.

Not surprisingly, these women are both loved and hated in our country. They’re hated by men and women intimidated by strong, intelligent women who won’t back down. …


Ignore these races at the planet’s risk

Photo of windmills over field of flowers
Photo of windmills over field of flowers

It has long been our experience that Americans don’t show up to vote in elections. There are multiple reasons: disenfranchisement, voter suppression via registration purging, difficulty to register and vote, intimidation, misinformation, and — in 2020 — fear of getting COVID.

Many Americans feel their vote doesn’t matter, so it’s not worth taking the time to vote, especially in the primaries. That leads to having candidates that many people aren’t excited enough about to vote for in the general election.

But this year, the increase in numbers was in large part because of…


We are inviting you, with urgency, to help us save the planet.

Photo of young lady at table explaining position to others.
Photo of young lady at table explaining position to others.

“Shame erodes our courage and fuels disengagement.”

Brene Brown

There’s a new study from professors at Georgia State University titled Don’t Tell Me What to Do. The abstract from it says: “We found that, regardless of the source of information, recommendations for behavioral changes decreased individuals’ willingness to take personal actions to reduce greenhouse gases, decreased willingness to support pro-climate candidates, reduced belief in the accelerated speed of climate change, and decreased trust in climate scientists.”

Euronews wrote a piece on the study, and its implications, on their website. That piece goes further into detail about how the more people…

Sandra Barrett

Advocate for social justice helping others make a difference. Visit my website, read the blog, and sign up for the newsletter: https://makeachangeproject.com

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