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Stories from Neighbors

The Stories from Neighbors below provide real-life examples of people taking local action to make a difference. Be inspired!

The Oil in Your Oatmeal (California)

Freelance writer, documentary filmmaker, and former high school science teacher, Chad Heeter, muses over breakfast about the amount of petroleum products used to produce and bring it to his table.

Creative reuse story (California)

(The Democracy Collective at the University of Maryland)

"There's no 'away' in throw it away." Julia Butterfly Hill
Ever wonder what happens to your junk? Well, there are Northern California reuse activists who made it their mission to transform our junk into new treasures. They perform this alchemical feat by harnessing the embodied energy from our discarded wealth, re-making use of the "useless," and transforming our "junk" into tools that build and strengthen community. Very cool!

Community Supported Agriculture (New York)

(The Democracy Collective at the University of Maryland)

"We can pay good coin of the realm to insure healthy food for our tables."
We expect a positive return for our investments. What better return than well-nourished bodies and a vital environment? Small community-based investments show faith in grassroots organic farming. The return on this "seed" investment capital is a bountiful gain in soil quality and healthy, nutritious and seasonal food.

Community Distribution Center (Florida)

(The Democracy Collective at the University of Maryland)

Just as an abandoned house can provide the materials to build a sturdy new home, offering new beginnings to society's offenders can help build strong and healthy communities. Providing people in reentry a chance to develop skills and a healthy work ethic, while diverting valuable construction materials from swelling landfills, reaffirms the value of people and things that our society too often forgets or discards. With trust and creativity, we can rehabilitate and restore.

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