As we head into the adventure that is 2017, the Modern Species team has collected 12 essential things to keep us sane through the current political and cultural rumpus. We thought these things were worth sharing—for a chuckle and for inspiration. Check out the Guide to explore which ones you want to add to your own survival tool kit for the coming year.
1] “Climate Refugees” isn’t a new concept.
To paint with a broad brush, a climate refugee is anyone who has to relocate due to climate related complications. The term was first popularized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1985. That’s 31 years ago. Hell, it’s older than some of us millenials.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never heard of the plight of climate refugees until a few months ago. As much as it seems like a painfully obvious byproduct of climate change, I feel quite ashamed that I've been so uninformed. If you're in the same boat as me, let’s talk about this.
It certainly has been one hell of a post-election week. Like half of the country, we’re still processing what a Trump presidency will look like and how that might impact us on a personal and business level. But wether you voted for Hillary, Trump, Johnson, Stein, or hell, Harambe (but hopefully not), we at ModSpec would just like to voice solidarity with all of our clients, friends, and peers.
Today I watched a short video about what the world would be like without packaging. It was supposed to be funny, showing a guy visiting a farm and carrying milk in his hands in order to put it on his cereal (apparently a bowl is now considered a package), but instead it made me sad. Sad because we used to live in a world without so much packaging waste, and sad because that world is one that even the greenest buyer doesn’t want to return to.