A RESOURCE PAGE
A healthy ecosystem provides for all the needs of the organisms within it. Ecosystems are made up of millions of different actors, each playing a role that sustains the entire system. Human society is encompassed within the biological ecosystem that they inhabit, a microsystem that is inextricably linked to the broader web. In general, the human’s role is as steward and cultivator. There are as many ways to fulfill this role as there are passions and skills. If you could peer into the hearts of each one of your neighbors, you would find interests as varied as baking, chemical experimentation, urban planning, marketing, construction, organizing, gardening and pottery. And if we could know (rather, remember) the role of each plant and animal, we would find that just on our block there are expert dust cleaners, materials for making baskets, plenty of seasonal medicine and food.
Backyard Bees was started by a beekeeper in Orange County that wanted to do something about the bee crisis. Janet Andrews and a team now help rescue bees from being exterminated by relocating them to welcoming homes around OC. The honey produced by these bees are given to the resident host, sold and the beeswax is used to make products ranging from soap to sunscreen. https://www.backyardbees.net/shop/
Brush with Bamboo/ Planet Cleanware is a business started by the Kumar family in Pomona. I love this family. Their toothbrushes are made from sustainably grown and harvested bamboo, crafted by artisans in a Chinese mountain village with more than a thousand years history of bamboo craftsmanship. In addition to oral hygiene, hairbrushes and luffa sponges, they carry some of my favorite stainless steel reusable containers. https://www.brushwithbamboo.com/shop/ Farmer Rishi started a regenerative urban garden which I apprentice at. Him and his mother, Manju, taught me everything I know about food systems. https://farmerrishi.com/
Documentaries, Movies & Series
Children Movies: https://eco-age.com/news/childrens-movies-green-theme
AWI SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR
Mona Benanni received her Permaculture Design Certification from Zaytuna College Center for Ethical Living, previously worked for the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office on a global youth study and as a water security consultant for EcoPeace Middle East to start a cross border environmental peacebuilding program in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Art and Wilderness Institute and is passionately devoted to living a wholesome life. You can follow her instagram account to see her daily blog and lifestyle on transformative living.
She holds a MS in Global Affairs from New York University.