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[ Oceana is dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans on a global scale. ]

 

Oceana

 

Oceana, founded in 2001, is the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation. 

Unfortunately, our oceans are in trouble — scientists report that the amount of fish caught from the oceans began declining — for the first time in recorded history — just a few decades ago.

 

Fortunately, Oceana knows how to fix things.  Oceana seeks to make our oceans more biodiverse and abundant by winning policy victories in the countries that govern much of the world’s marine life.

 

The good news is that we can restore the oceans to their former glory. Oceana is…

 

Campaign-Driven

They channel their resources towards strategic, directed campaigns to achieve MEASURABLE OUTCOMES that will protect and restore our oceans to former levels of abundance.

Fact-Based

Oceana believes in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions for the oceans.

Multi-disciplinary and expert

Their scientists work closely with teams of economists, lawyers, communicators, and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans.

Learn more at http://oceana.org/.

[ Friends of the Earth International ]

Friends of the Earth is an international environmental protection organization that “strives for a more healthy and just world”. Their work pushes for reforms politically on a large scale as well as smaller community networks focused on the preservation of shared Earth resources.

“We understand that the challenges facing our planet call for more than half measures, so we push for the reforms that are needed, not merely the ones that are politically easy.” – FOE

Together they have 75 national member groups collaborating for the international conservation effort, representing more than two million activist in more than 60 countries. In the United States, FOE works with Congressmen, state authorities and community groups in all 50 states to urge policymakers and community leaders to “work towards a healthy environment for all people.”

Throughout their 47-year history, Friends of the Earth has been working “to change the perception of the public, media and policy makers” and institute global environmental protection efforts. Their main efforts go specifically to curbing the environmental degradation on drivers like public investment, granting corporations the right to pollute, or other factors on federal and state levels.

 

What Makes FOE Different:

– They fight for what’s needed over the longer term for all creatures on our planet, not for what is easy or popular in the short term

– They are a loud and fearless voice for the environment and have been for 47 years

– They act globally and locally, with a worldwide networks of activist in 75 countries (and counting)

– They know that solving deep-rooted environmental problems requires exposing and fighting the economic forces that fuel them

– They employ a variety of tactics such as policy analysis, grassroots activism, litigation and creative communication to win their campaigns fairly.

 

What FOE Has Achieved:

– Limits the Air pollution from Ships

– Persuaded Thousands of Grocery Stores to Commit to Not Selling Genetically Engineered Salmon

– Stopped Construction of Dangerous Nuclear Reactors

– Exposed Corruption in the Review of the Keystone XL tar sands oil Pipeline.

 

On an international level they have collaborated to bring projects like the Climate Justice and Energy Program giving communities the right to choose thier own sustainable energy sources, and working with the UN negotiators to agree on climate finance and ending deforestation.

They also have started a Food Sovereignty program aimed to halt genetically modified organisms from human consumption. FOE is also responsible for the Forest and Biodiversity program that campaigns against illegal logging and deforestation and works with communities to manage their forest as well as opposing and exposing the negative impacts of monoculture plantations of crops like sugar cane, palm oil and soy.

In a statement on their website FOE describes their battles to protect the environment as, “Hard work. But the pressures facing our planet and it’s people are too important for us to compromise.”

Visit http://www.foei.org/ for more information.

[ Atlanta to Expand Bike Share Program ]

If you haven’t seen any light blue bikes around the city, chances are you will soon. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports the city will soon add 12 new stations to the Relay Bike Share program, expanding into Midtown areas like Piedmont Park and Georgia Tech. The city plans to expand from 100 bikes at the June launch to 500 bikes by the year’s end.

Read the full article here:

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2016/10/27/city-rolls-out-aggressive-expansion-of-bike.html

[ Atlanta Joins Bike Share Club ]

After some delays, Atlanta’s Bike Share program launched on Thursday, June 23. Atlanta joins cities like Boston, New York and Philadelphia in this effort to extend the reach of public transportation for residents, workers and tourists in the downtown area. 100 bikes are currently available at 10 downtown Atlanta stations. By the end of 2016, 500 bikes will be available to borrow. The City of Atlanta hopes that this program will help provide residents with access to more jobs in a way that promotes health and nutrition as well as civic pride for what Atlanta has to offer.

Read more about how it works and download the app at Relay Bike Share.

 

[ May is National Bike Month ]

On February 3rd, the State Senate of Georgia passed a resolution, SR 895, recognizing the economic, health, and quality of life benefits of bicycling for the state. The resolution, drafted by Georgia Bikes, also recognizes May 2016 as National Bike Month and acknowledges the positive work of local advocacy organizations and riding clubs across Georgia.

The full text of the resolution is available here.

To find bike friendly destinations in Georgia, visit the Georgia Bikes website!