Ideas, values, and actions for the future on a finite planet.
At Orion, we’ve always believed that real change is born in hearts and realized in communities. Our society’s trajectory bears this out: political and economic institutions are failing us; it’s time for citizens to connect—and act. We hope the discussion you’ll find on these pages will inspire action, particularly local action, leading to tighter communities, better conversations, and regenerated land.
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Once each month, Orion hosts a free live web event that allows its readers and friends to hear directly from the people who inspire and challenge them in the pages of the magazine. From Wendell Berry to Terry Tempest Williams, Sandra Steingraber to Richard Heinberg and Paul Kingsnorth, our guests expand on their ideas and answer listener questions in a vital live forum.
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From jobs to internships and apprenticeships, the Grassroots Jobsource has opportunities for anyone looking to work in the green sector. New positions are announced daily in fields like environmental education, organic agriculture, restoration, research, and grassroots organizing all over North America.
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Take the content you find on this site to your next community meeting, and think about how your block, neighborhood, or city might address the questions they raise. If no meeting exists, consider starting one. Meet your friends and neighbors at a local park or coffee shop, or host a meeting at home.
Contact your local media organizations. Newspapers, websites, radio programs, blogs—wherever the voice of your community lives, add to the conversation. Chances are, members of your community will see your message. Write a letter to the editor. Tell your story. Today’s challenges aren’t just about science and international treaties; they’re about families, security, and justice, too.
Enlist the powers of social media. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube don’t make a movement—but they can certainly be effective communication tools. Use those tools, or tools like them, to leave a link to this page, tell your own story, or encourage others to think about the duty we have to the future.
Find an Organization
Sustainability is a global challenge, but, as citizens, making a difference usually means acting locally. A number of the organizations pushing hardest for action don’t physically exist anywhere at all—they’re networks of local activity, strung together online. Here are a few of the organizations that give local climate action a global thrust:
An international campaign that’s building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science and justice demand.
An international group that supports community-led responses to climate change and shrinking supplies of cheap energy by building local resilience.
Green For All
A U.S. organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.
We’re here to support good, grassroots work, and to connect you to other communities of change. Don’t hesitate to contact us.
Outreach Coordinator ehoffner(AT)orionmagazine.org
413-528-4422 ext. 32
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413-528-4422 ext. 27