Milwaukee Edition
Bookmark and Share Email this page Email Print this page Print

April 2014 Publisher Letter

Many Natural Awakenings readers share with me the urgent desire to heal the Earth and preserve a good quality of life now and for future generations. Yet the task can seem overwhelming. Despite our good intentions, few of us can completely overhaul our life, change our job, move to a new house and realize zero-impact lives. But if everyone will find one or two things to which they can truly commit, and then one more, and another and so on, it will make a significant difference.

One of my personal commitments is to purchase and eat local and organic foods. For the past half century, large agribusiness has been a major factor in rampant environmental devastation across the country, while simultaneously contributing to Americans’ declining health. To keep good food affordable, I consciously plan meals, focus on seasonal produce and cook with a dash of creativity. Little goes to waste. You’ll find doable and affordable ideas for sustainable living in Crissy Trask’s feature article, “Live Green, Save Big.”

Every little bit of doing good adds up. Hearing the founder and executive director of Milwaukee-based Youthaiti, Gigi Pomerantz, speak recently reminded me just how much the actions of one person can change the world for the better. During a 2006 medical mission to Haiti, Pomerantz, a licensed nurse practitioner for Aurora UW Medical Group, discovered the impact that poor sanitation and lack of clean water have on the citizens of that country, where 85 percent of the rural residents have no access to sanitation facilities, and 70 percent lack ready access to potable water.

In 2008, Pomerantz founded Youthaiti, a U.S. nonprofit that works to improve ecological sanitation and develop sustainable agriculture in rural Haiti. With a staff of volunteers and a tiny budget, Youthaiti has set up numerous dry compost toilets and arborloos (shallow-pit latrines) for schools, homes and communities. Volunteers teach community members to use the waste as compost in combination with other methods of sustainable agriculture—a critical need in a country where 80 percent of the food is imported and the land is almost completely deforested. Learn more about this life-giving activism at Youthaiti.org and by reading the story we ran in July 2011 (Tinyurl.com/NA-Youthaiti). It’s just one example of essential initiatives underway around the world to salvage a decent quality of life for humanity.

In celebration of our resilient Earth,

Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Letter from Publisher

While Milwaukee has had its share of unraveling over the years, today activism abounds as community leaders strive for healthy, livable communities that include safe, friendly neighborhoods; public access to green space; thriving, locally owned businesses; and transportation alternatives such as mass transit, cycling and walkability.

Letter from Publisher

A growing body of scientific evidence indicates that extraordinary health benefits may be achieved through fasting, a practice long revered throughout the world for its spiritual benefits.

Letter from Publisher

For years, scientists and climatologists have been warning that the world will face severe water shortages resulting from a combination of climate change and the irresponsible overuse of precious water.

Letter from Publisher

Today Milwaukee has a diverse, sophisticated palate that includes vegetarian and vegan restaurants and a range of international cuisines that were difficult to find in the area a decade ago.

Letter from Publisher

We may expand and grow by giving, practicing gratitude and forgiveness, taking responsibility for our own lives, creating strong social networks, and having a sense of purpose.

Letter from Publisher

Read this issue to become inspired about reducing plastic waste, walking to improve physical and mental health, and keeping pets healthy and happy through responsible feeding.

Letter from Publisher

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. ~Dalai Lama

Letter from Publisher

As Thanksgiving arrives, may we remember to be grateful for all that we have—especially those things that can’t be bought or destroyed.

Letter from Publisher

Whatever our reason for vacationing, travel can open our souls and transform us in unexpected ways.

Letter from Publisher

Inside these pages, readers will find practical reminders that self-care, common-sense eating habits, exercise, positive attitudes and spending time with loved ones are the everyday magical ingredients for defying old age, both mentally and physically.

Letter from Publisher

Getting a cancer diagnosis is certainly a terrifying experience, and the conventional medical route may not hold all the answers.

Letter from Publisher

Recently, I was honored to be interviewed, along with 23 other wellness entrepreneurs, for the Wellness Business Success Secrets online summit; I'm happy to be able to share my perspective with you.

Add your comment: