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[ World Wildlife Fund ]

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The World Wildlife Fund is an organization that focuses on Wildlife conservation and endangered species. Working in over 100 countries and supported by almost 5 million members globally, the organization works to preserve forests, protect oceans, secure fresh water, protect the world’s wildlife – particularly endangered species, increase food availability, and create a world powered by renewable energy.  The WWF focuses on making changes through education and by working directly with large companies to shape the way their business decisions impact conservation. In addition the WWF works with policy makers to shape future legislation and to implement programs to support their mission.

For more information about the World Wildlife Fund and to learn how you can help, visit https://www.worldwildlife.org/.

[ 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/

 

[ Georgia and Florida Agree to Mediator in Water Debate ]

According to the AJC, Georgia has requested a mediator to settle the 25-year water dispute with Florida.  While the parties do not anticipate a settlement any time soon, an attorney appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court is optimistic that the two sides have agreed to talks.

Georgia seeks rights to “plentiful amounts” from the Chattahoochee River, primarily for the use of metro Atlanta, as well as full use of the Flint River and tributaries for farmers in southwest Georgia.  Florida contends that overuse of these waters, which converge near the Georgia-Florida state line in the Apalachicola River, harms the ecosystem in the Apalachicola Bay, threatening the state’s oyster industry and the way of life in the Florida Panhandle.

Read more at AJC.com

http://www.myajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/georgia-florida-agree-to-mediator-to-settle-water-/npPxY/

[ Proctor Creek: From polluted waterway to Emerald Corridor | Cover Story | Creative Loafing Atlanta ]

A tour of Atlanta’s polluted waterway that could one day become an Emerald Corridor

Source: Proctor Creek: From polluted waterway to Emerald Corridor | Cover Story | Creative Loafing Atlanta

[ 8 Ways to Celebrate Climate Week ]

8 Ways to Celebrate Climate Week

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Oxfam America

 

The next three months will be pivotal for the climate. In December, world leaders will gather in Paris at COP21 to hash out a plan to cut carbon emissions. Will it be enough to solve the climate crisis? It remains to be seen, but as citizens, we have power too. We can take action and hold our leaders accountable.

Participating in Climate Week from September 21-28 is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to a healthy world. In New York, leaders and citizens from business, government and nonprofits will gather to talk solutions but even if you don’t live in New York, you can still get involved. Here’s how:

Attend a Climate Week event in New York City. NYC is the place to be during Climate Week. Last year, the city saw the largest ever climate march with over 400,000 people calling world leaders gathered at the UN to take action on climate. While we won’t see a major climate march this year, there are events taking place around the city. Check out the calendar here.

Host a film screening for friends and family and use the event as an opportunity to call your representatives or donate to a climate advocacy group. There are lots of great movies to pick from. Our favorites? Chasing Ice, Years of Living Dangerously, Disruption, and Merchants of Doubt.

Volunteer. Want to help install solar in your community, join a demonstration, or press your member of Congress to act on climate? Sign up to volunteer with organizations like the Sierra Club, Grid Alternatives, 350.org or Citizens Climate Lobby.

Throw an assembly on climate change at your local high school. Alliance for Climate Education has reached over 200 million students with their engaging and inspiring climate presentation. Want them to come to your school? Fill out this form.

Read our tips on switching to renewable energy, investing in a clean future through your retirement fund, biking to work, and weatherizing your home.

Commit to joining the National Day of Action. People across the world will draw attention to the climate crisis on October 14. Start planning your action now! The People’s Climate Movement has lots of ideas on their website.

Brush up on COP21. Can nations keep carbon emissions in check to save the climate? All eyes will be on Paris in early December 2015 when the city hosts the 21st annual UN climate conference (COP21). Not sure what COP21 is and how you can participate? Watch the Climate Countdown video series and browse the UN Paris Portal to get up-to-speed.

Get your workplace to offer Earthshare @Work. EarthShare charities like NRDC, EDF, the Rocky Mountain Institute, the World Resources Institute and many others are fighting for a clean future every day of the year. Make it possible for them to continue their work by enrolling your workplace in the Earthshare @Work program.

[ A 30-Year Quest for Trash-Free Seas ]

A 30-Year Quest for Trash-Free Seas

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Amanda Richards/Flickr

 

Guest post by Nicholas Mallos, Director of the Trash Free Seas program at Ocean Conservancy

This September, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup (Cleanup) celebrates its 30th anniversary. Over the past three decades, the Cleanup has seen more than 10 million volunteers remove nearly 200 million pounds of trash from 350,000 miles of coastline. The time, energy and enthusiasm demonstrated by these volunteers are a true testament to the devotion so many people feel for the ocean. 

As legwarmers were replaced by skinny jeans and Walkman Radios became iPhones, the Cleanup evolved into something new. With ocean plastics increasingly at the forefront of public concern, the data collected during the Cleanup sparked a global dialogue on developing solutions to keep debris out of the water. Ocean Conservancy recognized that the cleanup is just one piece of a greater strategy for keeping our ocean trash free.

This need for new and innovative solutions was recently underscored by a study in Science, which estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic debris enters our ocean each year from land-based sources—primarily due to a lack of fundamental waste management systems. Without steps taken to manage this waste, it is estimated that there will be 1 ton of plastic in the ocean for every 3 tons of finfish by 2025. This is simply not acceptable.

The problem of plastic in the ocean is a global phenomenon; no country or region can claim to be untouched by the issue. But we now have research that suggests a significant proportion of this plastic enters the ocean from a relatively concentrated geography. The majority of it comes from rapidly growing economies, where there is a mismatch between the amount of plastic being used and the capacity of the in-country waste management system to handle this greater influx of waste.

Cleanup volunteers have witnessed this mismatch for decades. They have been the ones who have scoured beaches and waterways around the world tirelessly working to prevent as much debris from entering the ocean as possible. Their efforts have not only kept more than 200 million pieces of trash from entering the ocean; the data they have collected during the Cleanup has been instrumental in informing policies at the local, national, and international level ranging from bag bans to product redesigns to zero waste communities.

The ocean plastic challenge facing our marine environments is immense, but solutions built on the actions of individuals, companies and elected officials are at hand. What remains is the will to build a collective movement to make a lasting difference. Doing so will not be easy, but enhanced individual responsibility, new industry leadership, innovative science and smart public policy represent the needed components of a comprehensive solution to the ongoing challenge of marine debris.

The International Coastal Cleanup continues to be a critical part of the solution for ending marine debris. The global volunteer effort for our ocean is unparalleled by any other. After 30 years, our Cleanup volunteers are still going strong. We certainly could not have reached our many milestones without them.

Join Ocean Conservancy and the millions of volunteers around the world this September by cleaning up your local beach or waterway.  

Together, we can make the 30th International Coastal Cleanup the most effective Cleanup yet. And if all goes well, then in a not-too-distant September, we can celebrate our greatest milestone of all:  gathering at the beach for the International Coastal Cleanup only to realize that there is no trash to pick up. 

[ DotGreen & EarthShare Announce Inaugural Grant – The Ocean Fund ]

DotGreen & EarthShare

Internet Company Behind .Green Partners with EarthShare on Initiatives Benefitting Global Sustainability

Inaugural Grant of $10,000 goes to Surfrider Foundation to Support Clean Water Initiatives

LARKSPUR, CA /CSRwire/ – DotGreen Community, Inc., stewards of the Internet’s new .green Top-Level Domain (TLD) and EarthShare, a non-profit federation that partners with business and employees to develop innovative programs offering dynamic environmental philanthropic and learning opportunities, today announced a $10,000 grant to the Surfrider Foundation based in San Clemente, CA. The grant is to support the Surfrider Foundation’s Clean Water Initiative, a suite of complementary programs, campaigns and tools that the network of Surfrider chapters use to improve ocean water quality in coastal communities and ecosystems in the U.S.

DotGreen is a Partner of EarthShare

The funding for the grant was provided by DotGreen Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 2008 to receive a percentage of revenue from the sales and renewals of .green domain names by DotGreen Community, Inc. DotGreen has partnered with EarthShare to collaborate on a grants program to support sustainability projects around the world.

“It’s critical to the ultimate success of the green movement that the global environmental community, including the organizations, scientists and educators on the front lines, is able to participate in the economic benefits of the growing green economy and the expansion of the Internet,” said Annalisa Roger, DotGreen Community’s Founder and CEO.

Surfrider’s Clean Water Initiative provides ways to protect local water supplies and prevent pollution from reaching our ocean, waves and beaches. Upstream, Surfrider works in communities to educate and advocate for sensible and effective water management solutions like water conservation and water recycling. Downstream, Surfrider focuses on water quality by testing the waters for bacteria and toxins, raising public awareness and finding real solutions to ocean pollution.

“DotGreen’s grant is important support for our work in protecting our coasts, so it is safe to surf, swim and play in the ocean,” says Steve Blank, Director of Development for Surfrider. “And their broader mission of connecting the green community by harnessing the power of the Internet with .green will give us all on the environmental front a more powerful voice.”

About EarthShare: EarthShare helps strengthen corporations and organizations by connecting hundreds of thousands of individuals, companies and public agencies with environmental and conservation groups through employee engagement and giving campaigns at workplaces across the United States. In the past 20 years EarthShare has raised $300 million for more than 500 national and local member charities. Connect – Contribute – Volunteer

Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. With 84 chapters, plus 30 high school and college clubs, and more than 250,000 supporters, volunteers and activists around the country, the Surfrider Foundation is working on about 100 different campaigns in four core areas: beach access, clean water, coastal preservation (coastal development) and ocean protection.

DotGreen Community, Inc., with roots in the Northern California environmental movement and Silicon Valley innovation and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, was founded in 2007 to support the green movement. DotGreen Community, Inc. manages and markets the new domain address, .green, and donates a percentage of the sales and renewals of ,green domain names to organizations supporting sustainability around the world. Visit www.dotgreencommunity.green for more information. Follow us on Twitter @DotGreenTLD and like us on Facebook at DotGreen Community, Inc.

The DotGreen Foundation is a California based US tax exempt 501 (c)(3) Public Charity focused on supporting global projects and education aimed at sustainability. DotGreen Foundation has partnered with both The DotGreen Community, Inc. and with EarthShare for trusted global distribution of .green domain name registration contributions. Donations from the public can also be made directly at www.foundation.green.

 

 

[ 3 Reasons Your Farmers Market Rocks ]

3 Reasons Your Farmers Market Rocks

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Photo: Erica Flock

 

Guest post by Robert Connelly, Manager of Membership & Special Gifts at American Farmland Trust

I haven’t always been a farmers marketeer.

Growing up in North Carolina my family never really went to the farmers market.

In fact, I remember as a kid thinking it was kind of odd that our neighbors, The Andersons, went every Saturday morning.

Looking back, I realize that the Anderson family was on to something amazing.

Over the last eight years, interest in local food and farmers markets has grown. According to USDA, consumers have more opportunities than ever to purchase food directly from farmers — with 8,268 farmers markets operating nationwide in 2014 – up 180 percent since 2006.

And, the interest is driven by us – the consumer! Our communities’ interest in farmers markets is a direct result of our growing concern for local family farmers, the environment, access to healthy foods, and our local economy. I’ve been trying to coin the phrase “Keep it local-tastic!” around AFT’s national office. 

Here are three reasons why supporting your local farmers market can be one of the best choices you make for yourself and your community. 

Your family farmers stay in business: Family farmers selling at farmers markets have almost a 10 percent greater chance at staying in business when compared to those just selling through traditional channels.

Your community grows: Businesses near farmers markets report higher sales on market days – supporting the local economy and generating extra tax revenue in the community. That’s money often re-invested back into the businesses and community.

More cash money in your pocket: In a recent report by USDA, farmers market shoppers save on average nearly 25 percent on food annually – when compared to shopping at grocery stores. This means more money in your pocket to go buy those shoes you’ve been eyeing, or finally spring for that Apple Watch. (One can dream.)

If these sound appealing to you, head over to our national Farmers Market Celebration, happening at markets.farmland.org. Find a farmers market near you, endorse it as one of your favorites, and tell us why it’s special to you and your community. At the end of the summer, we’ll give away awards to the best of America’s farmers markets. I look forward to seeing what makes your farmers market notable. 

As always, keep it local-tastic!

[ 5 New American Rail-Trails ]

5 New American Rail-Trails

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Guest post by Amy Kapp, Editor-in-Chief, Rails to Trails magazineEarthShare member Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. 

 

When the rail-trail movement was in its infancy in the mid-1980s, there were approximately 250 miles of open rail-trails. Today, there are more than 22,000 miles, and more than 8,000 miles of projects are waiting to be built.

Running through urban, suburban and rural communities, rail-trails are used by tens of millions of people each year—for walking, biking, running and community engagement—increasing human mobility, protecting natural resources and wildlife, improving public health and sparking outdoor tourism and stewardship.

Here is a quick look at five new rail-trails across the country.

 

The 606, Chicago, Illinois—A New Town Square

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life is good (pete) via Flickr CC

 

In June 2015, the Windy City welcomed its new 2.7-mile elevated trail, The 606, a $95 million project in the northwest that is expected to become a signature public space similar to New York City’s High Line. Composed of a multi-purpose concrete cycling path and a parallel soft-surface walking/running track, the trail runs above four neighborhoods at an elevation of approximately 16 feet. The Trust for Public Land, the trail’s project manager, is raising $45 million in private donations to fund access parks, trail landscaping, public art, maintenance and security.

 

Jones Valley Trail, Alabama—Cultural Links

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Zac Napier FWLT 2015

 

Stretching along 1st Avenue south from 25th Street to 32nd Street (near the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark) in downtown Birmingham, this paved, tree-lined trail is part of an exciting trail awakening in Alabama. Though short for a rail-trail at just 0.6 mile, the trail will eventually merge with the developing Rotary Trail, a $4.5 million project extending from Railroad Park. This 19-acre green space comprises a historically rich civic and cultural venue that connects downtown with the Southside and University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. The trail is also part of the 750-mile Red Rock and Ridge Valley Trail system that is transforming Jefferson County.

 

Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail, Michigan—Expanding a Network

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources

 

October 2014 saw the opening of the 42-mile Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail—a major milestone in Michigan’s growing rail-trail network. The 125-mile Fred Meijer regional trail network through Midwest Michigan also includes the 22-mile Flat River Valley Rail Trail, the 16-mile Grand River Valley Rail Trail and the 41-mile Heartland Trail. Spanning seven communities in three rural counties, the CIS Trail crosses nine bridges and trestles and showcases beautiful river, farm and woodland landscapes—as well a replica train station in Pewamo and the Clinton Northern Railway Museum in St. Johns.

 

Doodle Rail Trail, South Carolina—Connecting Communities

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Holly Corbett via TrailLink.com

 

Traveling between Easley and Pickens in South Carolina just became easier with the opening of the 7.3-mile Doodle Rail Trail. Though bare bones at present in terms of amenities, the $2.4-million project provides an easy paved surface, two wooden bridges and diverse landscapes for individuals to travel safely and conveniently from city to city. Unique fact: First opened in 1898, the original Doodle Line railroad received its name because it ran backwards like a doodlebug between Pickens and Easley because of its inability to turn around.

 

Manitou Incline, Colorado—Health Meets History

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Samat Jain via Flickr CC

 

This 1-mile rail-trail, which starts in Manitou Springs, has seen plenty of action since (and before) it became a legal trail in 2013, but flood damage forced its closing in August 2014. Climbing approximately 2,000 feet up the side of Pikes Peak—a National Historic Landmark—and boasting railroad ties as steps, the trail’s corridor was originally completed in 1907 to support construction of a hydroelectric plant and water pipeline, and later became a tourist attraction. After a $1.5 million overhaul, the Manitou Incline rail-trail reopened to the public in December 2014. At 40 percent grade, the trail is considered one of the most physically challenging hikes in the area—but the “breathtaking” views from the top make it worth the effort. 

 

[ Amazon Conservation Association ]

Amazon Conservation Association
Half of the Amazon rainforest could be lost by 2030. With your help, we can ensure these critical forests and their inhabitants continue to thrive.
 

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1012 14th Street NW, Suite 625
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 234-2356
info@amazonconservation.org
http://www.amazonconservation.org/

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Number: 49371