These links, I think, will help you to a transition to a sustainable future. The ones marked with an asterisk * have been the most useful to me.

Comprehensive Transition Information:

Resilience.org *


Permaculture:

Midwest Permaculture

Permaculture Forums

Permaculture Activist Magazine

Permaculture Research Institute

Basic Permaculture Principles *


Environmental News:


World Rescources Institute

Union of Concerned Scientists - Citizens and Scientists for Environmental Solutions

The Earth Island Institute - Award-winning journalism from the Earth Island Journal, and tools to address the environmental challenges we face.

Earth Justice, because the Earth needs a good lawyer.

Rocky Mountain Institute is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining. We do this by inspiring business, civil society, and government to design integrative solutions that create true wealth.


Food:

Acres U.S.A. * is North America's oldest, largest magazine covering eco-agriculture.

Family Farmed

The Land Institute has worked for over 20 years on the problem of agriculture. Our purpose is to develop an agricultural system with the ecological stability of the prairie and a grain yield comparable to that from annual crops.

American Community Gardening Association -Greening America's Communities

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

Factory farming is an attitude which regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit. In animal agriculture, this attitude has lead to institutionalized animal cruelty, massive environmental destruction and resource depletion, and animal and human health risks.


Botanic Gardens & Arboretums:

The Morton Arboretum was formally established on December 14, 1922 by Mr. Joy Morton (1855-1934), owner of the Morton Salt Company. Its mission is

To collect and study trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world, to display them across naturally beautiful landscapes, and to learn how to grow them in ways that enhance our environment. Our goal is to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

The most striking aspect of the Chicago Botanic Garden is its physical face: beautifully designed gardens brimming with two million plants. Twenty-three garden areas showcase the best plants for the Midwest displayed in a variety of beautiful settings. Three native habitat areas feature native and endangered flora of Illinois.


Pesticides:

Safe Lawn Neighborhood Alliance - The use of lawn chemicals is dramatically increasing despite alarming reports of increasing rates of cancer and the perennial threat posed to children, pets, and wildlife.  According to a recent study (U.S. News 4/3/1999) the number of Americans treating their lawns has risen from 55 percent to 67 percent just in the last decade .  Although many factors affect people's vulnerability to cancer, increasing pesticide use may be partially responsible for the staggering one percent per year increase in cancer rates among children (Kosary et al 1995).

Pesticide Action Network - Pesticides are hazardous to human health and the environment, undermine local and global food security and threaten agricultural biodiversity.

Yet these pervasive chemicals are aggressively promoted by multinational corporations, government agencies, and other players in this more than $35 billion a year industry.

The Safer Pest Control Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of pesticide use and the implementation of safer alternatives in urban and rural Illinois.


Government:

The Federal Citizens Information Center

US Geological Survey

The Environmental Protection Agency *


Natural Landscaping:

My Yard Guide

Wild Ones -- Natural Landscapers, Ltd. is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate and share information with members and community at the "plant-roots" level and to promote biodiversity and environmentally sound practices. We are a diverse membership interested in landscaping using native species in developing plant communities.


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