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Gatekeepers

Links to your alternatives

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Gatekeepers are those who are actively developing solutions to aid in climate change. These are industry game changers. When we as consumers look to purchase but want to have healthier alternatives, this list is a list I highly recommend. These are industry leaders reinventing the material palette for humankind.  From plant-based alternatives to food, clothing, leather these guys are who I find to be our 21st century tech giants. Having an idea is great but bringing it to market is a whole other ballgame. All of us are having to adapt to what that means. I don't believe we should be the one to compromise our health and well-being. This list highlights those I have researched for my own work, and it has now turned into a resource for you. This page will go through some changes in 2023. For now, there are no segments because there are so many alternatives and we would need a database for that. This will act first as a resource list, so you know you have choices. If you find one that is out there and I have not yet included it on the list, please email me so that I can add it. There are Gatekeepers all over the world, but we need more of us to continue advocacy on behalf of the earth and the lives who inhabit it. The list also includes artists, musicians, performance artists, visual artists and many others who are working towards net zero now. If you would like to be added to this list please send me an email with your link and I will be happy to include it.

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A film by Louie Schwartzberg on Mycelial Connection WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF fantastic fungi CONNECT WITH NATURE'S INTELLIGENCE We're on a mission to share the beauty and intelligence of nature - starting with the magic and mystery of mushrooms - to protect the planet and create a better future. This film is deeply important to me because it is what inspired the change and direction when I found I could continue to make art despite my disability. It helped me find an alternative, it gave me choices and accessibility and I will be forever grateful. 

Ecovative is the mycelium technology company that designs and grows sustainable materials that come straight from nature. Their Mycelium Foundry designs fully formed structures that perform just like or better than plastic, leather, meat, can more, turning to compost at the end of their life to meet demand with the environmental costs. 

ARTIVISM AT SEA: THE VOYAGE OF ARKA KINARI

Come find out what happens when a rogue’s gallery of activists, makers, and artists embark on a terrible idea for the best of reasons: to tour the world on a restored wooden sailing ship-cum-floating stage, circumvent national borders and modern airborne band touring, and find safe passage during the COVID crisis, with the help of government ministers, Islamic scholars, and seafaring villagers.

By design, Lomi combats food waste and reduces greenhouse gas emissions with the touch of a button. Food waste is the single most common material landfilled and incinerated in the United States, comprising 24% and 22% of landfilled and combusted municipal solid waste. And, 50% of the volume of waste that North Americans send to landfills each year is compostable materials.

Composting is a unique solution to climate change because it not only reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills, it also creates healthy soil, sequesters carbon out of the air, and supports plant life.

Genspace is the world’s first community biology lab — a place where people of all backgrounds and identities can learn, create, and grow with the life sciences. Since 2009, we have served the greater New York area by providing hands-on STEAM education programs for youth and adults, cultural and outreach events for the public, and a membership program to support New York’s community of creatives, researchers, and entrepreneurs. Our programs demystify scientific processes, provide a platform for innovation, and cultivate the next generation of life sciences leaders in emerging global technologies, such as biotechnology, neuroscience, epidemiology, genomics, and many more.

Ayatana’s Biophilium, previously known as the Artists' Research Program, is a Canadian residency dedicated to encouraging artists in their engagement with and appreciation of wildlife. We currently offer two-week long, thematic online study seminars centered around lectures by researchers from international laboratories, wildlife centers & museum archives that are framed by artist talks, studio visits, field trips and workshops. Each residency focuses on a specialized topic related to wildlife or death. We invite artists working with common themes into an environment where they can immerse themselves deeply into their studies.

Use mycelium to grow your own creations. 

We are a materials science company on a mission to end our reliance on petroleum-based plastics for good. Our future depends on science, and it’s time for us to reduce our dependence on finite resources and rehabilitate our planet through regeneration. Care to join us?

Welcome to the world’s first made-to-order, natural material that offers the quality and performance of the finest animal leathers, with lower environmental impact and an unprecedented freedom to customize.

we want to do better. That means asking ourselves every day, ‟How we can improve?” Whether it’s mindlessly tossing out an empty toothpaste tube or glossing over the ingredients list, small daily actions can shape the future of our planet. When we are better to ourselves and the earth, we are one step closer to a healthier and plastic-free world.

We want to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Together we can restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity, and make a positive social impact around the world.

 

We plant one tree with every dollar donated.

For years I've focused on gardening with native plants to support our region's pollinators. Every spring and fall I add new host plants for butterfly caterpillars as well as flowers to provide nectar for adult butterflies. Through my art and gardening I hope to educate and inspire suburban home owners to let their lawns go a little wild.

The Radical Mycology Convergence is a family-friendly celebration of all fungi – mushrooms, lichens, and molds alike! Though dozens of workshops aimed at beginner and experienced fungi-enthusiasts and a variety of contests, games, and creative experiences, the RMC offers a unique and transformative immersion into the fascinating world of fungi!

North Spores mission is to strive to make the world of mushrooms accessible to all, fostering collaboration and innovation to improve tomorrow.

Their mission: 

  • Empower local communities by teaching them new repair skills

  • Slash carbon emissions by diverting items from waste

  • Close the digital divide by providing equal access to devices

Home Science: Basic Tips To Cultivating Mushrooms At Home. This article shares ways of connecting with nature on a personal level which helps you gain a better understanding of the way of the world. Additionally, spending time outdoors serves multiple benefits for your mental health. For instance, the U.S. Forest Service explains how spending time outdoors may decrease feelings of depression and/or increase the psychological recovery process. Hiking, camping, and spending a day at the lake with family are great ways to spend time in nature. But there are other ways to connect with your surroundings that don’t require physical activity...

Mitrex Solar Facades use the power of the sun to produce clean electricity. In addition, these products feature various backing systems, allowing for lightweight, high-strength panels.

ie. Solar Glass, Solar Noise Barriers ...

Rheaply's foundation is built on the pillars of a little something called "the circular economy". To quote the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, this is "a new economic system in which we design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems."

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