The New York Times calls Umbra Fisk “a trailblazer in the field of eco-advice columnists” and “the arch online sage of the new green age.” In various incarnations, she’s been serving up green-living tips to Grist readers since 2002.

Umbra’s latest passion: kale smoothies … no, sorry, civic engagement, because getting political is the only way we’ll get a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck. If you’re wondering how to make your home, your community, your country, or your world a better place, unload your question below (or via Twitter).

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