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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Saving Vineyards from Climate Change

Plus: Social Media Activism to Combat Mental Illness Stigmas, and Angel Shots for Rape Prevention

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Saving Vineyards from Climate Change

Plus: Social Media Activism to Combat Mental Illness Stigmas, and Angel Shots for Rape Prevention

Napa Valley, California certainly isn’t alone in experiencing the consequences of climate change. But, for this celebrated region, climate change threatens its very livelihood: vineyards. That’s why one company, Jackson Family Wines, has integrated a sophisticated network of systems to help crops adapt to the changing climate.

In response to the growing effects of climate change, Jackson Family Wines is taking steps beyond standard drought-mitigation methods, getting quite creative with alternative solutions. For example, they’ve begun using owls and falcons to eradicate pests that blight the crops, which have become increasingly prevalent due to milder winters. They are also capturing rainfall more effectively, and are attempting to reduce fossil-fuel consumption.

But it’s not just about enabling their vineyard to escape the perils of climate change; they also recognize that they need to be part of the bigger solution. So, seeking to improve their carbon footprint, they’re reverting to more traditional farming techniques that are less damaging to the environment.

Read the full story here (via NY times)

Here’s what else we’re reading:

Combating Mental Illness Stigmas with Social Media

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People with mental illness have long faced stigmas that perpetuate a sense of shame and embarrassment regarding deviations from what is seen in society as “normal.” Kay Selwyn Layton, a 28-year-old diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is combatting these preconceived notions of mental illness by launching a Facebook page called #EndtheStigma, which encourages people who are diagnosed to use profile photos with a message of strength and acknowledgment of their mental illness.

Read the full story (via Good)

Creating a Fast Track to Activism

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Despite a desire to participate in protests, transportation issues often make it a challenge for otherwise active individuals to get involved. To alleviate obstacles for those who intend to participate in the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, the crowdsourcing transportation app Skedaddle is facilitating hundreds of trips to Washington D.C. from across the country.

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