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For New Zealand’s Tūhoe Māori people, a spectularly sustainable building serves as the first tribal headquarters in 1.5 centuries. Here, nature, custom and community come to flourish in harmony.
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Children at Cedarsong Nature School spend their first school years – rain, shine, and snow – in five acres of Washington State forest.
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Perplexed that no one was promoting Māori food, a New Zealand chef ventured to acquaint his people with their native flavors. Today, Charles Royal offers food tours and supplies sustainably foraged plants from the bush.
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Community-supported fisheries bring the benefits of community-supported agriculture to the seas. Customers support their local economies, while receiving the freshest of seafood.
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Space Between is a New Zealand social enterprise challenging waste and exploitation in the clothing industry. Its first collection transforms unwanted postal uniforms into stunning new fashion pieces.
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Imagine a world where every environment, experience and community is truly accessible for all. In New Zealand, the Be. Accessible social change movement is achieving just this.
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In Chicago, Sweet Beginnings helps people returning from prison learn how to make a living with bees – changing ideas about ecology and imprisonment along the way.
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In the wake of Christchurch’s massive earthquake, a series of social and creative projects bring new life to the battered streets.
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The choir group Meninas de Sinhá, comprised of women from 54 to 97 years old, has presented its members with an alternative to aches and depression for 20 years.
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Inspiring Stories has an ambitious goal: the charity supports young New Zealanders in developing ideas for a better future.
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An elementary school offers a full Mohawk-language immersion program in the Kahnawake Reserve.
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Three former international students in New Zealand aim to cut CO2 emissions by creating an online marketplace where businesses can join forces to buy from sustainable suppliers.
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Delivery girls thrive in India's male-dominated logistics sector. One of them is 21 years old, Scooter-Riding Sunita.
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At CUCULA, a “refugees’ company for crafts and design”, five young asylum seekers are building sustainable livelihoods for themselves by making and selling designer furniture.
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Climate change affects everyone — but not everyone evenly. If nothing is done to stop the impact of climate change, some of the oldest living cultures in the world could die out. An all-Indigenous youth activist group in Australia has risen to the challenge.
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In Nova Scotia, minority and low-income communities are disproportionately located near degraded environments. An ongoing research project raises awareness of the issue, while also mobilizing affected residents to action.
In Kodagu, India, a couple has created a biodiversity haven. Over two decades, the Malhotras bought abandoned farmland and planted a rainforest to invite all kinds of animals into their sanctuary.
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Tiny houses in Eugene, Oregon, provide the formerly homeless with a sense of ownership and community.
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Der Lehrer Heinz Frey hat das Ladensterben mit neuen Dorfzentren gestoppt – zuerst in seinem Heimatdorf, dann in weiteren Dörfern, Stadtteilen und sogar Bahnhöfen.
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Der Kulturverein Rauniokaupunki bringt Musik und Theater in die nordfinnische, von der Wildnis umgebene Stadt Kajaani.