Wangari Maathai

Wangari Muta Maathai (1940-2011): Nobel Peace Laureate; environmentalist; scientist; parliamentarian; founder of the Green Belt Movement; advocate for social justice, human rights, and democracy; elder; and peacemaker. Brighter Green colleague and advisory board member. She lived and worked… Read More

Largest McDonald’s on Earth to Open For London’s 2012 Olympic Games

Spectators and athletes at the London Olympic Games next summer will be able to patron what will be the busiest and biggest McDonald’s restaurant in the world. With four outlets at the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, the… Read More

What’s for Dinner? Screens in Korea

What’s For Dinner? screened today at the Green Film Festival in Seoul, Korea, and will be showing again on Monday (23rd), 4 pm local time. If you can’t make it to Seoul for the screening, check out this… Read More

It’s International Women’s Day – at 100

It’s International Women’s Day’s 100th anniversary celebration today. It’s a good opportunity to reflect on the sometimes astonishing strides taken by women around the world toward gender equality–and the equally astonishing lack of true equality. The Guardian published… Read More

The Cries of Pigs and Cows

At the end of last year, I wrote about how South Korea had been impacted by foot and mouth disease, which resulted in the culling of hundreds of thousands of cows and pigs. Since then, the situation has… Read More

Lunar New Year as a Chinese Vegan: Then and Now

If I were not a vegetarian, for the lunar New Year my parents would have cooked me a feast of all varieties of meat and seafood. I was born and raised in a big city in China, and… Read More

Haiti a Year Later: An Honest Yet Somber Perspective

On January 12th, the world took a moment to reflect on the one-year anniversary of the devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck the island nation of Haiti and killed thousands. It had been over a century since an… Read More

New Year, New Trend? Raising Pigs with Chinese Characteristics

“High-tech TCM green pork” may be one of the new fashions in Chinese agriculture, a marriage between traditional Chinese culture and advanced technology that serves public health and environmental sustainability. The company taking the lead is ZOBO Natural… Read More

A Christmas Culling: Foot and Mouth Disease Spreads in South Korea

The highly contagious and viral foot- and-mouth disease (FMD) has recently been identified in South Korea. The AFP reports: South Korea Monday confirmed three new cases of foot-and-mouth disease, bringing the total to 56 since the country’s worst… Read More

Bring on the Women

After sitting in on one more all male panel at the Cancun climate conference, I couldn’t help but wonder, where are the women? In a side event hosted by the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and the… Read More