We all know that staying informed of local and international goings-on is critical to being effectively involved in the environmental scene. An informed environmentalist is the best kind of environmentalist. However, did you know that there are ways that you can help the environment, simply by reading up on local and international news? How? Well, it depends on what and how you read the news. For example, if you read your news online, you’ll help reduce the amount of paper waste produced by traditional newspapers. Many excellent newspapers, such as the Christian Science Monitor, have free websites available all the time. Others, like the New York Times, simply require that you register (free) on their site to access their articles. Others require a subscription to their site. (Bah humbug!) Many local libraries have subscriptions to a variety of local and international newspapers and magazines. A visit to the library once a week will help you get you fix of news, without accumulating newspapers and magazines that inevitably will become trash before too long. Moreover, your local library archives these newspapers and magazines so you can catch up news you’ve missed due to vacations, etc. Last but not least, not all news sources are created equal. Many on-line newspapers and magazines have a special emphasis on environmental issues. Others are known for their excellence in reporting. For a complete list of the best on-line news sources for environmentalists, see Global Stewards.