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Welcome to the week!

This will be the last Monday newsletter for the year, as we’re taking a couple of weeks off for a much-needed break (did you know that Quinn wrote the equivalent of 2 books this year? OK, go off, Alexander Hamilton).

We’ll return in the new year with some exciting new projects! Stay tuned.

Now to the news.

This week:

  • 🏦 Green banks

  • 🧬 Autoimmune treatments

  • ⚠️ Food safety

  • 🧱 The virtual border wall

  • And more!

Have a great week,

— Willow

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👉 New Shit Giver Ruth wants to help solve “the ever-growing piles of waste, in the water and on land.

Welcome, Ruth. We’re going to need action at every level, but we can do it!

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Last week’s most popular Action Step was volunteering to Run for School Board with Run for Something. Let’s go!

  • Donate to Vote Solar, and support their work advocating for clean energy policies at the state level.

  • Volunteer with World Central Kitchen, and help feed people right now.

  • Get educated about the harmful chemicals in your food and personal care products, and find clean, healthy alternatives using the Yuka app.

  • Be heard about protecting trans people, and use the 2023 anti-trans bills tracker to find legislation you can oppose in your state.

  • Invest in banks that provide financial services that align with your values using

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🎁 Gifts for people who give a shit

Still need to get some sustainable gifts? Check out our 2023 Gift Guide!

It’s not too late to order some of this stuff (ok, it’s probably cutting things pretty close), or at least use this list for last-minute ideas that you might be able to pick up locally (which is preferable anyways)!

And it’s never too late to donate in someone’s name. Find a reputable charity that’s worth your support in our 2023 Charitable Giving Guide.

🌳 What is agroforestry?

One of the biggest sectors where we still need to make a lot of progress to reduce emissions? Food.

More specifically, how and where we produce it, and then how we can stop wasting one-third of the amount that gets produced.

One solution that could improve :

  • food security

  • land use

  • biodiversity

  • resilience to climate change?


Read our agroforestry explainer to get up to speed 👇️ 

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