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Dear Dot: How do I get my household on the eco-bandwagon?

Dear Dot,  I am feeling hopeful. I've dispensed with plastic baggies to preserve food, and...

Dear Dot: How, eggs-actly, can I support happy hens?

Dear Dot, What is the difference between pasture-raised hens (and therefore eggs), cage-free, or free-run?...

Dear Dot: Can I make my car more eco-friendly?

Dear Dot, I can’t afford a new electric vehicle. Is there a way to make...

Room for Change

Room for Change: The Closet

C’mon: It’s not like human survival depends on us each having five pairs of jeans in our closet. When I was 12, I went school shopping in the fall and bought one pair of Levi’s jeans, a gray Fair Isle sweater, and white Nike sneakers...

Advice

Room For Change: The Bathroom

The rooms in our homes are ripe for change. The clothes in our closets, the products in our pantries, the bins in our basements. They might be made with...

Liz Durkee’s Environmental Checklist

How to decrease your greenhouse gas emissions (in no particular order). To: Bluedot Living From: Liz Durkee, climate planner at the Martha’s Vineyard Commission Make informed decisions and act on them When you...

Favorite Things

Our Favorite Climate Podcasts

2020 was the year climate podcasts went mainstream. Here are our favorites, thanks to our favorite climate newsroom, Grist. New podcasts about our warming planet...

Essays

We just got our Capelight Company energy efficiency report. The graphic shows three lines. The shortest one is chartreuse and says 468 kWh and next to that it says: excellent. The sapphire blue one in the center is 1,054 kwts and next to that are the words in bold: your home. And then at the bottom is a gray...

Essays

In a Word: Solastalgia

Solastalgia: Psychological distress caused by climate change.  While the word “solastalgia” might never have rolled off...

My Mother the Pinchpenny (and Early Environmentalist)

Her thrifty ways presaged the conservation movement. My mother emerged from the Depression, World War Two,...

The Pleasure Theory

The writer believes joy is an essential element in the health of the planet. Her...

In a Word: Anthropause [ an-thruh-pawz ]

On the heels of Oxford Languages “Word of the Year” for 2019 — “climate emergency”...

Handbook

The Ultimate Simple, Smart, Sustainable Handbook to Martha’s Vineyard

Where (and how) to recycle, compost, volunteer, write your rep, and buy secondhand. RECYCLING All six towns have the same rules for what can and can’t...
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