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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/.

[ Environment America ]

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Environment America is a state-based citizen-funded environmental advocacy group fighting to protect the places we love and advance the environmental values we share. Through 29 state affiliates including Georgia, Florida, New York, California, Pennsylvania, Oregon and more, Environment America advocates raise awareness of environmental issues, such as clean water, solar power, bee populations and climate change. This grassroots organization has a great public awareness website with news releases and articles of issues such as bee populations, fracking, national parks and more.

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

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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!

[ Support American Rivers ]

American Rivers is a national non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring America’s rivers and to fostering a river stewardship ethic.  American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature.  Through their river conservation work, American Rivers ensures clean drinking water supplies, revitalizes fish and wildlife, improves recreation and leaves a legacy of healthy rivers for future generations.  Since 1973, they have raised awareness of how global warming impacts river health, clean water and water supplies.  They advocate for and negotiate removal of outdated dams on rivers across the country to help trigger resurgence of fish populations and revitalize river communities. They protect vital wetlands and spearhead river cleanups across the country.

For more information about American Rivers, visit www.americanrivers.org.

[ Georgia House Considers Green Issues on 2016 Legislative Calendar ]

One bill currently before the Georgia House proposes to increase funding for conservation of priority lands, stewardship of state parks and wildlife as well as supporting local parks and preserves.  Rep. Jon Burns (R-159) of the Georgia State House of Representatives seeks to change that with House Resolution 907, to support Georgia Legacy, a coalition comprised of The Georgia Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Conservation Fund and Park Pride.

Georgia currently lacks dedicated funding conservation, but HB 693 would establish the Georgia Legacy Trust Fund, creating a sustainable source of funding for land and water conservation.  If passed, 75% of all tax revenue collected annually from the sale of outdoor recreation equipment would be dedicated for the purpose of the protection and preservation of conservation land.

Georgia Legacy would:

  • Provide for the acquisition of critical areas for the provision or protection of clean water, game, wildlife, or fisheries, or natural-resource-based outdoor recreation.
  • Aid local governments in the acquisition and improvement of local parks and trails.
  • Provide for the stewardship of conservation lands through maintenance and restoration projects.

 

Look for a ballot initiative in the Fall election cycle!

To read more about current legislation concerning the environment and sustainablity, visit The Georgia Conservancy’s advocacy page:

http://www.georgiaconservancy.org/advocacy/2016

[ Protect Our Winters ]

Protect Our Winters (POW) is a non-profit environmental organization involving individuals in the global winter sport community and supported by companies in the business.  It is the leading climate advocacy group for the snowsports community.  The organization’s goal is to bring awareness to and fight against climate change by means of community based projects, advocacy, and educational initiatives mainly across the United States. Founded in 2007 by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones (freerider), Protect Our Winters currently remains active in the mobilization of the snow sports community for issues regarding the effects of climate change.

 

Some of Protect Our Winters current programs include:

 

  • Hot Planet/Cool Athletes:  In partnership with The North Face and Clif Bar, this in-school climate assembly program, led by pro athletes, educates young students about climate change and inspires them to become the next generation of environmental leaders.  For more information or to book an assembly, please click here.
  • Climate Advocacy:  Protect Our Winters’ goal is to mobilize the snowsports community to create the political will for climate action.  They urge lawmakers to support strong climate policy, such as The Clean Power Plan.  POW also convenes a diverse group of pro athletes, industry representatives, resorts, and trade groups to visit Washington to meet with lawmakers on key climate issues, focusing on the economic impacts on tourist-dependent economies and the hard data, while adding a unique perspective to the typical climate discussions with first-hand, personal accounts of climate impacts.
  • POW Riders Alliance:  The POW Riders Alliance is a platform for over 60 professional outdoor athletes to speak for the environment and opportunities are provided throughout the year for them to do so. View The Team Here.

Find out more about Protect Our Winters and learn what you can do to protect our winters for future generations by visiting http://protectourwinters.org/