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#Changemaker Of The Week
Dancing with the Natural World

Dancing with the Natural World

Imagine dancing upon a beautiful, wooden dance deck that lives among a lush landscape of gardens and trails on a warm summer afternoon. The sun kisses your skin as you move across the floor and through the space exploring the connection between your body and the...

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Hope Floats on the Wings of a Butterfly

Hope Floats on the Wings of a Butterfly

Perhaps it was witnessing her mother’s commitment to environmental politics and the work she did for Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley’s Solar Committee in the 1970’s that inspired her. Or it might have been her own personal experience of saving a chrysalis - the hard...

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2021: Projects & Changemakers

2021: Projects & Changemakers

Dear Pollination Nation, As we approach the end of 2021, we’re taking a moment to pause as we look back on the work of the everyday heroes that we’ve had the honor to serve this year. Hundreds of inspiring individuals around the globe took action in making their ideas...

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Diane Callaway: Life is Delicious

Diane Callaway: Life is Delicious

Faith in the Unknown Inspires One Woman to Make Life More Delicious for All Faith is what it takes to follow your heart into unknown spaces hoping that you will find your way; Diane Callaway’s life is a beautiful illustration of what happens when you take that leap....

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A New Story for a Forgotten Animal

A New Story for a Forgotten Animal

When Tracey Glover was seven, she and her Dad surprisingly stumbled upon kittens in a flower nursery. The owner told them that they were welcome to take them and offhandedly commented that if they didn’t, they’d simply be put in bags with rocks and thrown into the...

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A Thank You from Our Hearts to Yours

A Thank You from Our Hearts to Yours

Each week, we choose a changemaker to feature whose actions and intentions are creating a kinder, more compassionate world.  This week, we want to flip the script.  Our changemaker of the week is you.  Without our friends and global neighbors, there would be no...

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Poetry on the Streets: Melanie Faranello

Poetry on the Streets: Melanie Faranello

“Set up on a street corner, at a bus stop, in a park with my Smith-Corona vintage blue typewriter, a jar of words, and some watercolor paints, I never know what to expect or who I will meet. Some approach Poetry on the Streets with trepidation; others dive right in;...

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It Takes a Village: Cecelia Rich

It Takes a Village: Cecelia Rich

A long career in social work gave Cecelia Rich a firsthand perspective on the many issues her community was facing: homelessness, food insecurity, opioid addiction, and disconnection, just to name a few. Realizing that nourishing food is a need that connects us all,...

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Pigs & Kids: Allie Gadziemski

Pigs & Kids: Allie Gadziemski

Allie Gadziemski is a homeschool mother of four sons, all of whom are vegan and passionate about introducing others to a compassionate lifestyle. Realizing the influence children can have on their families and friends, Allie wanted to create a special day camp...

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Seeds of responsible citizenship

Seeds of responsible citizenship

Active citizenship, community empowerment and volunteer experiences: how three Italian women are seeding the change and making responsible tourism bloom!The Pollination Project community is made of volunteer grassroots leaders who put their time and energy in service...

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The Bree and Me Project: Camille Licate

The Bree and Me Project: Camille Licate

“Bree is a rooster, but he is an intelligent, feeling Being that craves love and peace, just like all of us. Most children grow up loving animals. My hope is that by meeting Bree and learning more about compassionate food systems, children can learn to reflect their...

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A Hidden Ecosystem: Tamara Blazquez Haik

A Hidden Ecosystem: Tamara Blazquez Haik

One day several years ago, photographer and animal activist Tamara Blazquez Haik was walking home when she came across a poisoned opossum lying dead on the sidewalk. Many people might have kept walking and not given this a second thought, but Tamara couldn’t help but...

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Dorcas Apoore: Hope by the Basketful

Dorcas Apoore: Hope by the Basketful

Dorcas Apoore grew up in Northern Ghana, in a remote village so small that it isn’t even on a map. Her mother was married at a young age and never got to finish school, a cycle that Dorcas saw repeated for a great many girls in her village. Most often, this is an...

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Birthing a New Dream of Equality

Birthing a New Dream of Equality

When she became pregnant at 18, Maria del Mar Jaramillo felt her dreams come crashing down around her. She spent her pregnancy full of worry, wondering if the life she had envisioned for herself would still be possible. With the loving support of her husband and...

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Save the Food, Feed the People

Save the Food, Feed the People

In a shed in downtown Merced, California, there is a random refrigerator overflowing with an ever-changing bounty of persimmons, lettuce, celery, and other locally sourced whole fruits and vegetables. Everything in the fridge is free; twenty-four hours a day, anyone can visit to pick up what they might need. “The People’s Fridge” is a volunteer labor of love, organized by Erin Meyer and Steve Roussos.

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Going the Social Distance

Going the Social Distance

Growing up, Jenna Bardroff’s best friend was a potbellied pig named Arnie. When she made the connection between what her parents were putting on her plate and her love for Arnie, she became a vegetarian at the age of five. She started college at the age of fourteen,...

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The Vilka Chess Club

The Vilka Chess Club

Sohibjamol Rakamova is an unlikely chess champion. In her native Tajikistan, chess is a game of status and nobility. Many children are enrolled in chess training at the same time they go to nursery school, but this wasn’t the case for Sohibjamol. She grew up in the...

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