Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | By arogers | No Comments
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/.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | By arogers | No Comments
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.
• 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.
Monday, December 28, 2015 | By abaker | No Comments
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.