In the last decade, I have gone from a drunk dude to a dude making a difference. I was wasting away much of my life partying, chasing girls, and being hungover. Don’t get me wrong–I was having a hell of a time, and I was pretty good at it, too. But I decided I really wanted to live a life that was good for the Earth, good for the people and animals I share Earth with, and good for myself. I didn’t know exactly where to start but I knew that the Internet was definitely my friend. I believe that I am largely what I surround myself with.
So I aimed to surround myself with positive influences, both online and offline. These are some of the Facebook pages that had a positive influence on me and helped me to live with more happiness, health, and freedom than ever before.
Food is Free Project
Teaching you and your neighbors to grow food together and share it. We’re all in this together and food unites us. Plant a front yard garden. Food is Free.
The Story of Stuff Project
Changing the way we make, use, and throw away Stuff so that we have a happier and healthier planet. Watching The Story of Stuff changed the way I look at all the stuff in my life.
1 Million Women
We’re building a movement of women taking on climate change through the way we live. Join us and be counted.
Greenpeace USA and Greenpeace International
Greenpeace exists because this fragile Earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action. It needs YOU!
EcoWatch is one of the nation’s leading environmental news sites engaging millions of readers every month.
Films for Action
Films for Action is a community-powered news center and learning library for people who want to change the world. I could spend days on here just soaking up knowledge through thousands of great films.
Sustainable Human is working on changing the story of the world. The story they are creating is a sustainable one, where we act on logic, rational, science, and compassion. They also produce videos and How Wolves Change Rivers is one of my favorite on the internet.
Civil Eats is a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. They publish stories that shift the conversation around sustainable agriculture in an effort to build economically and socially just communities. Here’s a story they did with me called Uncovering America’s Food Waste Fiasco.
Committed to covering the landscape of food, from important policy news about factory farming and the food industry, to lifestyle content that will help you make better choices when it comes to sustainable & ethical eating. This documentary was a life changer for me.
NationSwell is a digital media company focused on high-quality stories about American renewal — about the new innovators, pioneers, and builders who are doing the most creative and impactful things to move the United States forward.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrass Tyson serves “the undeniable cosmic curiosity that percolates within us all.” You’ve got to watch his series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. This is one of the best things I’ve ever watched.
We Hate to Waste
Inspiration and tips to help you create a waste-free lifestyle.
Trash is For Tossers
Trash is for Tossers is a blog dedicated to showing that leading a Zero Waste lifestyle is simple, cost-effective, fun, and entirely possible for everyone!
A grassroots global movement working to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis—the solutions that science & justice demand.
An outdoor gear company, Patagonia’s mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, and use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. They changed the way I do business, inspired me to be thoughtful of my consumption, and gave me the courage to use my adventures to inspire others to be good to the earth. They produce a lot of incredible short films.
One Percent for the Planet
1% for the Planet is an organization dedicated to building, supporting and activating an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. They absolutely changed the way I do business. I’ve watched this short film more than any other. It gets me so inspired!
Jack Johnson is a perfect example of someone who leads by example and influences others to be a part of positive change as well. He’s got some serious musical talent but that is only a small part of his greatness as a human being. He’s really changed the way I do life.
Expanded Consciousness is a website focusing on breaking the chains of systematic thinking and bring about free thinking, compassion, and the expansion of one’s consciousness. The name really says it all.
Educate Inspire Change
EIC was created in 2012 to help keep people informed, to encourage people to expand their consciousness, and to inspire people to reach for their dreams. They cover a broad range of topics including alternative media, health, science & technology, and spirituality.
Grow Food Not Lawns
Tips for organic gardening and more. We should all grow food instead of lawns.
Living Off the Grid
Inspiration for living small and ending dependence on utilities.
March Against Monsanto
An organization working to combat the corporatization and environmental harm caused by mainstream food supply.
Charles Eisenstein is a progressive author and public speaker, and self-described “degrowth activist”. His outlook on money is one that you very rarely see in the mainstream. The Gifting Economy was his greatest gift to me.
Author of The Moneyless Manifesto and The Moneyless Man. Mark has lived without money for three years and writes about economics, localization, and ecological living. I emulate much of what he does and without him I don’t know if I’d be living in my off the grid tiny house. Both of his books are a must read.
Note: Mark has left social media but you can follow his work through his website.
Thich Nhat Hanh
One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, Thich Nhat Hanh is a poet and a peace and human rights activist.
Spiritual leader, humanitarian and visionary Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi has served the world community for decades, imparting wisdom, strength, and inspiration. Through her extraordinary acts of love, inner strength, and self-sacrifice, Amma has endeared herself to millions and inspired thousands to follow in her path of selfless service.
An in-depth study into the five primary ways in which humanity uses animals for economic purposes. This documentary played a huge role in me no longer supporting factory farms and industrially raised meat, dairy and eggs.
Over Grow the System
Women Who Farm
Give a Sh*t About Nature
Mother Earth News
Amy Goodman and Democracy Now
Also, check out these lists of resources that have had a positive influence on me:
50 people I recommend paying attention to
Nonprofits I recommend and support
23 films that changed my life
23 of my favorite YouTube channels
Healthy Music for a Healthy Life