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[1THING] Blog: Archive for the ‘Environmentally Friendly’ Category

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




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…



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


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.

[ The Global Environment Facility ]


The Global Environment Facility

We frequently say going green will only work when it helps save the “green” – as in cash. The GEF is uniquely positioned in that space where financial investments are made to help the environment.

About The GEF

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), is a catalyst for action on the environment. Through its strategic investments, the GEF works with partners to tackle the planet’s biggest environmental issues.

• A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP of 18 agencies — including United Nations agencies, multilateral development banks, national entities and international NGOs — working with 183 countries to address the world’s most challenging environmental issues. The GEF has a large network of civil society organizations, works closely with the private sector around the world, and receives continuous inputs from an independent evaluation office and a world-class scientific panel.
• A FINANCIAL MECHANISM for 5 major international environmental conventions: the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
• AN INNOVATOR AND CATALYST that supports multi-stakeholder alliances to preserve threatened ecosystems on land and in the oceans, build greener cities, boost food security and promote clean energy for a more prosperous, climate-resilient world; leveraging $5.2 in additional financing for every $1 invested.


Over the past 25 years, the GEF has supported a range of notable achievements:

• Creation of more than 3,300 protected areas covering 860 million hectares, an area larger than Brazil.
• Conservation-friendly management of more than 352 million hectares of productive landscapes and seascapes
• 790 climate change mitigation projects contributing to 2.7 billion tons of GHG emission reductions.
• Sustainable management of 34 transboundary river basins in 73 countries.
• Improved cooperation and governance of one-third of the world’s large marine ecosystems.
• Sound management and disposal of 200,000 tons of highly toxic Persistent Organic Pollutants.
• Climate change adaptation to reduce the vulnerability of more than 15 million people in 130 countries.

The Future

• Environmental threats are growing on a global scale. Although the GEF has had a huge impact in addressing these threats, it recognizes the need for a more comprehensive vision.

• The 2020 Strategy positions the GEF as a champion of the global environment. It sets out a blueprint for tackling the root causes of environmental degradation through core projects and innovative pilots, while delivering cost-effective, high-impact results. To do all this, the GEF will mobilize local and global stakeholders — from national and local governments to the private sector to civil society, including indigenous peoples and research institutions.

Get more information at https://www.thegef.org.

[ 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:


[ 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!

[ Earth Hour: Use Your Power to Change Climate Change ]

Earth at Night by Michael Cote - REV2

Photo: Earth at Night by Michael Coté is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

On March 19 at 8:30 p.m. (local time), people in more than 172 countries around the world will be a little darker than usual. That’s because millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour to promote climate change awareness in celebration of Earth Hour, 2016.

Born in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has become the World Wildlife Fund’s largest grassroots environmental campaign. It quickly grew to a worldwide movement.

Make 1 hour your [1Thing] for Earth Hour, 2016!

[ Bid a Fond Farewell to Your Christmas Tree–The RIGHT Way ]

Christmas Tree Recycling

As the holiday season draws to a close and the kids make the most out of the final days of winter break, some are finding that evergreens aren’t actually green forever.  Particularly when cut down and brought into your home.  Whether you celebrate with a Christmas tree, Yule log or Hanukah bush (turns out it’s a thing), it has probably started depositing needles on your rug…and you might have noticed it looking a bit more fire-hazardy of late.  But before you drag your holiday greenery out to the curb, consider tying it to the roof of your car one more time and bring it to Georgia’s “Bring One for the Chipper” event.  In the last 25 years, this tree recycling event, organized by Keep Georgia Beautiful, has processed an estimated 6 million trees.  Your tree will get new life as playground mulch, government beautification projects and more!

To find out where you can recycle your tree free of charge, visit the “Bring One for the Chipper” webpage at http://www.keepgeorgiabeautiful.org/bring_one_for_chipper.asp


Photo: Untitled by Franklin Heijnen is licensed under CC BY 2.0/Cropped from original.


[ Happy GREEN Thanksgiving! ]

Photo: “Leaves” by Liz West is licensed under CC BY 2.0. / Cropped from original.

Photo: “Leaves” by Liz West is licensed under CC BY 2.0. / Cropped from original.


According to an EPA study, the amount of household waste in the U.S. increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.  That’s about 1 million extra tons.  But there are some easy ways to curb waste and reduce your household’s carbon footprint during the season of giving.

  1. Try balancing out your holiday travel carbon footprint by serving locally grown food.
  2. Class up the dining experience and reduce waste by using real roasting pans, flatware and dishes, not disposable.
  3. Think twice before you dump leftovers in the trash…consider composting!

Check out more great ideas at these links!