The Catalyst is a collaborative project by Ecology Action staff to seek, craft and share powerful stories that capture the simple, everyday effort people are making to lessen their impact on the planet. Our hope is that these stories identify real ways to create change and inspire you to act now.

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Plastic Pollution, Our Oceans, Our Future

July 10, 2017
This is a story about protecting our native wildlife through research, education and advocacy. As Hawaii contemplates joining over 60…
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Redwood Creek – Where Wetlands Restoration is Working

July 10, 2017
Great news for people, wildlife, and the environment. There is a place you might know called Muir Beach. This is…
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Why Cities Need More Green Roofs

July 10, 2017
Could green roofs revolutionize our cities? We took a field trip to the largest green roof in New York City.…

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How to Lose Your Lawn for Good

May 24, 2017
Lawns are so 2010. But the WaterLink Program’s turf retrofit team is here to help you burst into the new…
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Should Santa Cruz Have a Bicycle Mayor?

May 10, 2017
What’s a ‘Bicycle Mayor,’ you ask? Meet Anna Luten…   On a recent visit to New York, Amsterdam’s bicycle mayor,…
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How Cycling Can Be a Real Outlet for Kids

May 10, 2017
Bike Ambassador Goldi loves to ride with her kids.   When her son struggles with school, they find a great…

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Reduce the “Zoom” In Your Life

May 10, 2017
Is life passing you by?   Riding in a car isolates you from the sights, sounds, smells and human interaction of…
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WaterLink Brings Change to Disadvantaged Communities

April 2, 2017
WaterLink helps the economies of Bay Area communities, while saving water and energy.   In 2016, Ecology Action received $2.5…
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Words to Act On – The Reading List for Kids!

March 31, 2017
Here are the best books for your budding environmentalists…   We are more than a little excited to announce our…

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Words To Act On – The Reading List for Adults!

March 31, 2017
Read and grow stronger!   Aside from being out in nature, hanging with our loved ones, and working at Ecology…
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Earth Day 2017 Marches to the Beat of Science

March 29, 2017
Way back in 1970, the first Earth Day brought 20 million Americans into the streets to show their support for…
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Our Mother Earth Film Series in Watsonville

March 16, 2017
The Watsonville Film Festival presents a new film series, Our Mother Earth: Visions and Ideas to Save our Planet. Upcoming…

Energy

An Unbiased Guide to Energy Efficiency

February 26, 2017
The data-driven folks over at Consumer Reports put together this great resource to help you make informed decisions about energy efficiency…
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Secrets to Incredible Bike Commuting

February 23, 2017
How to make a bike ride to work as easy and fun as possible. If you’ve been thinking about starting…
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How to Drink the Sky

February 22, 2017
Is atmospheric water production the future of drinking water? LA-based architect David Hertz shows us the possibilities by using the…

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Clean the Water in Your Coffee

February 21, 2017
Who knows how much water goes into making a cup of coffee? If you said one cup, guess again. Coffee…
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How to Seed the Future

February 21, 2017
A hopeful portrait of crop diversity activist Cary Fowler and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.   GoPro Cause delves into…
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Grand Teton Like You’ve Never Seen It

February 16, 2017
In just three minutes we guarantee you’ll be thinking about a road trip to Wyoming.   Another impossibly beautiful short…

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Alpine Adventure

February 16, 2017
Our daily dose of nature.   Filmmaker Joshua Cowan takes us into the skies above frozen mountains and lakes of…
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The Towns That Embraced Darkness to See

February 15, 2017
The story of two small towns in the Colorado mountains that came together to eliminate light pollution and restore a…
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A Tiny Redwood Vacation

February 14, 2017
Need a quick reminder why our national parks are so amazing and important? Just take this three minute trip to…

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Loving the Glaciers

February 14, 2017
A gorgeous short film from Alaska, with a wake-up call.   Filmmakers Raphael Rogers, Kristin Gerhart and Paul Rennick take…
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Movies That Want to Change the World

February 11, 2017
Films we’ve seen or want to see that tackle issues you should know about.     An Inconvenient Sequel Who doesn’t need…
Water

We Love the Rain, But Let’s Think Long

February 10, 2017
All the rain this winter is nice, but let’s keep our good water habits going. Shorter showers, low flow aerators…

Energy

Help Make 25 Large Power Plants Obsolete

February 9, 2017
It’s simple! Just shut off the devices in your home that use “standby power.”   Standby or “parasitic” power is the…
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The Sustainable Life at Ecology Action

February 8, 2017
Ecology Action’s mission is to help people act now against climate change.   It’s clearly apparent in our work, but…
Transportation

Helping Kids Form a Life-long Bicycling Habit

February 7, 2017
All it takes is a little encouragement and instruction to help kids discover all the benefits of self-powered transportation. With…

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Green Books for Great Minds

February 6, 2017
Check out the environmental- and conservation-themed books we can’t put down.   Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on…

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