Mining in Michigan

A guest post from Regan Sonnabend of Spotlight on Sustainability: As I arrived at the American Indian Center of Chicago for “Water at Risk: A Tribal Leaders Perspective” — a program about the dangers of proposed mining in the Midwest — on August 17, chairs were being added to the seating area to accommodate the impressive attendance. The event was moderated by Doug Kiel, PhD., Assistant Professor of History...Read More

GDI

I’m a suburban girl, like millions across the land. My early childhood was spent in various (mostly western) suburbs of Chicago. My years were splintered into stints of various town/home/school combos, where we landed for a period of time due to the latest parental job. I don’t remember much about these years in the ‘burbs, but they were formidable enough to make their mark. Somehow, at...Read More

Weather or Not

Last November, on a frigid, wet morning, when the weather began to dip into uncomfortably cold temperatures, I walked into work followed by a co-worker known for his sarcastic remarks. Upon stepping indoors, he unzipped his jacket and proclaimed “I can’t wait to talk about the weather today! Did you see the weather? The weather is the weather!” I immediately buckled over in laughter, mostly because...Read More

Vision in an Eclipse

Here's a picture of today's solar eclipse from the vantage of St. Louis. As Sky Sisters, we would be remiss to not mention this AMAZING sky event, right?! While today's event had nothing to do with our minuscule selves in this gigantic galaxy (outside of the fact that we could sit back and enjoy it), we all *critically* need to have a baseline understanding of science,...Read More

The Woman We Need Most

She has a power and grace that is loved and appreciated in some form by everyone which is particularly remarkable because she doesn’t communicate verbally. She doesn’t speak. Most don't seem to think it’s necessary to hear from her. They're content — even happy — that she won’t engage in a conversation. There are those, after all, who think that women should be seen not heard,...Read More

Don’t Walk, Run.

While sitting on stage in front of a room of fired-up women at the United State of Women Galvanize Conference in Chicago on July 15, 2017, Illinois Senator Toi Hutchinson had one word of advice: “RUN.” The suggestion, or instruction (depending upon your interpretation), was echoed by a number of speakers throughout the day, and leaders including Dick Durbin and Valerie Jarrett encouraged women to run...Read More

Why Sky?

First of all, if you've found us, hurray! Now, you may be wondering about our name, The Sky Sisters. It's not immediately apparent what we're all about, right? After an 'experiment' on a previous project, it's been intentional to be a bit elusive this time around and open-ended. We wanted a positioning that allows leeway, movement and the ability to delve into a variety of topics...Read More
Dark Shopping Day

Branded

I admit it: I love brands. I drool over breezy Chloe gowns in Vogue and fratty Patagonia jackets. I even get off on a classic blue Croc. As aware as I am of the unsustainable, consumptive nature of capitalism, I am aware that I love consuming. What’s worse, I am a recent college graduate who has a budget big enough to cover my basic needs and...Read More

A Guilt-Free Home

As Climate Reality Leaders, we regularly present to any of a variety of groups about the situation at hand with our changing climate. The cornerstone of these presentations is the slideshow by former Vice President Al Gore as was first introduced to the world in the film "An Inconvenient Truth" in 2006. The slideshow has been constantly updated with the latest data and talking points by...Read More

Vermiculture Venture

As a 22-year-old and recent college graduate, I have rapidly entered into the process of awakening to the harsh and beautiful realities of growing up. No one prepares you with an all-encompassing guidebook to student loan debt, credit scores, taxes, the constriction of freedom, cooking, cleaning out the stove when you drop an egg yolk into the burner, and existential aloneness. But out of all the...Read More