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LIGHTNING RELEASES 03/19/14 — Collingwood, Ontario – Research shows our global climate is changing, yet we persist in convincing ourselves technology can fix anything and our natural resources are unlimited. We’re too busy, so we kick the can down the road expecting our children and our children’s children to solve our problems for us.

But what kind of future will our children inherit? How can we make our homes and communities the safe, healthy, special place they should be?

Environmental Insights is dedicated to “changing how people see their choices.” Through empowering sustainability keynotes, workshops and webinars, Environmental Insights offers practical ways to implement and balance social, environmental and economic responsibilities at home and at work to benefit the health of your family, your community, and your planet.

“I’m constantly searching for the buttons I can push that will touch people and cause them to take another look,” says JoAnne Fleming-Valin, founder of Environmental Insights. “Until we change how we see something we’ll never change how we do anything. It places the responsibility on the individual to gain new insights and change their behavior.”

JoAnne believes the problem begins with our “modern creation story” where everything begins on a store shelf in a package. This modern creation story, says JoAnne, reveals the fundamental disconnect with our community. People have no idea as to what resources used to create a product, the people who mined it and processed it, transported it, manufactured it to get it to the shelf.

“So many people in the younger generations don’t understand what community means,” explains JoAnne. “If you don’t have that sense of community, you’re not engaged in the issues facing your community. You don’t have anyone to stand up and push back.”

JoAnne is also the author of the forthcoming book The Aisle Less Traveled: Alternatives for Women Shoppers. Women make or influence about 80 percent of consumer purchases. JoAnne believes women in particular have the ability to change the direction of the world with our choices. 

“Simplifying life isn’t about deprivation, it’s about innovation. It’s about improving the quality of life. You have to get past that confusion and indifference and be open to new insights to have an emotional shift that changes your behavior.

“There are times I want to drop out of this path, but I can’t do it. My kids, all kids, are depending on me and all of us to make these changes now,” says JoAnne. “I’m proud of persisting on this path,” “It’s a lonely path, but I’m proud that I value the part I can play in the future of my children and all children.

Close-Up Talk Radio will feature JoAnne Fleming-Valin in an interview with Doug Llewelyn on March 21st and April 4th at 11am EST.

Listen to the show www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio. If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.

For more information on Environmental Insights, visit http://www.environmentalinsights.com/wordpress/