“You have to act as if it were possible to radically
transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”

~ Angela Davis

Leslie by tree

Leslie Sheridan, Founder: “Herstory”

There’s a lot of talk about climate change, yet not a lot of talk by governments, countries, companies, and individuals!

Some things are being done, but they’re not large enough to address our global climate crisis . . . and they don’t bring us all together to put some serious brakes on it.

Some things are too difficult for some to do, and forcing them won’t work. How do you get them to take an easy step which benefits them and the planet? This nagged at Leslie for two years, until one day, Planet Cents was born in a moment of divine inspiration.

Leslie’s “Eureka” Moment

Leslie did not start with “Let’s start a sustainable marketplace!” (Hardly, as she is not a big consumer and loves thrift shops!). She began with: How do we get as many people and organizations to come together to reverse climate change?

The answer: shopping is something that almost everyone does. If we just ask people to shop sustainably, it’s not too much to get a habitable planet for current and future generations. Best deal ever!

Girl sitting on tree in sunlight – red outfit
Kenyan woman and child on dry land
Not Just Any Marketplace!

A Marketplace on a Mission!

Why is Leslie driven to reverse climate change ASAP?

Because human lives and livelihoods are at stake, and because our gorgeous planet and all of its living beings need to be healthy, habitable, and existing for current and future generations.

In 2018, there were 65.6 MILLION climate refugees and a World Bank report projects that in three of the most vulnerable regions of the world, 143 MILLION people could be displaced by 2050. 

This breaks Leslie’s heart, and at times brings her to tears to see people fighting for their lives and/or losing everything they know and love.

Some might say that it is quixotic to take on such a challenge, but we are up to the task! Anything less is fatal. Climate talk without climate walk equals mass murder.

Man walking on flooded street

The Bottom Line

You cannot care for creation if your heart lacks compassion for your fellow human beings.

  • “The elders were wise. They knew that man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. They knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans too.” ~ Chief Luther Standing Bear, Chief Sicangu and Oglala Lakota Chief
  • “The fulness of the godhead dwelt in every blade of grass.” ~ Elias Hicks, Quaker minister
  • “There can be no renewal of our relationship with nature without a renewal of humanity itself. ” ~ Laudato Si
  • The destruction of nature is the destruction of humanity. Nature is our home. All life on this planet, including human life, was born from the natural environment. We don’t owe our existence to machines or to science. We are the products of nature. ~Daisaku Ikeda, Japanese Buddhist philosopher
  • “The land shall not be sold in perpetuity. In all the country you possess, you shall allow a redemption of the land.” ~ The Christian Bible
Never doubt the power of one pissed-off woman.”
~ Leslie Sheridan

(An adaptation of “Never underestimate the power of a woman.”
~ Nellie L. McClung)