Articles from ‘January 2021’ Issue

2021 – Planting Seeds of Hope and New Beginnings

By Linda Wiggen Kraft, Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

2021 is a year of new beginnings and hope as we start to leave behind the horrors of Covid, political unrest and so much more. January is traditionally the time of envisioning what we want to come into being. This January we can let gardens inspire […]

Advancing Sustainability via Missouri Green Schools

By Stacey “Parker” Parker, Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorps VISTA & Sierra Shields, Missouri Green Schools AmeriCorps VISTA

Educating the next generation on sustainable practices is one of the most important efforts we can make to ensure the future of our planet. Missouri Green Schools (missourigreenschools.org), a new tracking and recognition program for PreK-12 schools across the […]

ARTful Living

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky; Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Gerry Brooks is an elementary school principal in Lexington, Kentucky. He knows firsthand about teaching and has spot-on insight about the challenges to staying safe in COVID-time. His 3-minute videos, usually recorded in his car, have made me double-over with laughter on dark days during the past year […]

Conservation Corner: The Fox Says Happy New Year

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation 

We humans often ring in the New Year with a roar, whether it’s dropping a giant ball or a spectacular fireworks display. But if you listen closely on a cold January night, you could hear a much stranger sound welcoming in 2021. Perhaps an unusual barking; but it might […]

Discover Nature with MDC through Eagle Days on your own Due to COVID-19

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will not host Eagle Days events this year but encourages people to watch eagles on their own.

Did you know that thousands of bald eagles visit Missouri each winter and eagle watching in Missouri can be spectacular? From late December through early February, watch for eagles perched in large trees along […]

Earthworms’ Castings

By Jean Ponzi

Resolvo Verde

Father Time has turned his pageThe calendar is cleanNow resolute upon Life’s stageI vow to grow more Green!

To set direction yearlyI must do a self-assessmentSo I can focus clearly And sustainably on YES-ment

Let’s see, in terms of daily stuffWhat habits can I tweak?I already wash my clothes in cold,My windows do […]

Environmental Advocacy Resources for the New Year

By Anna Weber

Starting off the new year, there’s never been a better chance to start making a positive impact in your community and help Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) make our state a better place. Ranging from issues with our food system to local environmental concerns, MCE has been advocating, educating, and organizing to […]

Functional Medicine – The Mind-Body Medicine Approach

By Amy Davis M.D.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to make many changes in our daily lives. We are experiencing pandemic fatigue, social isolation, anxiety, anger, sadness and loss. Because long-term stress is more constant, the body never receives a clear signal to return to normal functioning. This has real impact on our emotional and […]

Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Creating a Cornucopia of Community

By Tom Braford

How do we create the critical mass that it takes to establish breakthrough community?

Critical mass is the minimum amount of something required to start or maintain any project or venture.

There are 4 levels of critical mass in successful community building. When we achieve critical mass at one level, the next one becomes possible.

According […]

Missouri Prairie Foundation & Grow Native! Webinars and Master Classes for the New Year

Enjoy weekly online programming January through March 2021

December 15, 2020, Columbia, MO — The Missouri Prairie Foundation (MPF) and its 20-year-old Grow Native! program have hosted 22 virtual webinars and master classes since May 2020 with more than 4,200 live participants. 

Now to kick off 2021, MPF announces a new series of virtual learning opportunities with […]

Nature Wisdom

By Pat Tuholske

Scent of the Sacred

Incense has been with us since ancient times. Our ancestors burned incense to affect a positive change to the atmosphere of a place. Ancient Egyptians used fragrant smoke to neutralize foul odors, drive out demons and please the gods. During the Middle Ages, European cities suffering from the plague were […]

New Year Tips For A Healthy & Green 2021

New Beginnings Bridge Old EndingsI think of holidays as bridges. As the river of time rapidly flows, holidays can bridge happy memories of the past to future moments of joy. Although 2020 was a very difficult year, it may be helpful to edit our memories. It is healthier to remember your moments of happiness and […]

Publisher’s Corner

Don’t Let The Door Hit You 2020

There is little doubt that 2020 was a bad year. Horrific in so many ways. So if there was ever a time to throw out the old and welcome the new, 2021 is the year to do that. The bar has been set very low so 2021 already feels […]

T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Fitness

By Paul MacFarlane and Bill Grivna

Like everyone else, the St. Louis T’ai Chi Ch’uan Association has found itself having to change its usual class schedule in response to the corona virus. We hope to have in person classes again in mid-spring 2021. We will limit class size, may live stream classes, or some combination of […]

The Year of the Dog

How to Stay Healthy the Year of Covid-19

By Dr. Gail Cloud, DC

Recently, by zoom of course, I was speaking with my cousin and he referred to 2020 as the year of the dog. This made me laugh, but the more I thought about it I realized how true a description it is. First of all, […]