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[ The Trust for Public Land ]

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The Trust for Public Land works to protect the places people care about and to create close-to-home parks and wild spaces—particularly in and near cities, where 80 percent of Americans live.  Their goal is to ensure that every child has easy access to a safe place to play in nature. The TPL also works to conserve working farms, ranches, and forests; lands of historical and cultural importance; rivers, streams, coasts, and watersheds; and other special places where people can experience nature close at hand. Click here to learn more

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[ Eight Plastic Habits to Change ]

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We’re all guilty of it… Using too much plastic! We need to work together to reduce our plastic consumption. Check out this article by Sarah Wilson of “8 bits of plastic you can quit right now” – Click Here to Read More

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[ It’s Spring Cleaning time! ]

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After you clear out the clutter, be careful with all those old products you find under the sink and in the garage! Things like pesticides, paints and even some cleaning solutions are too toxic for the trash; they require disposal through your local household hazardous waste collection program.

Find out about safe disposal of hazardous waste and less-toxic cleaning alternatives at http://www.mywatershedwatch.org/

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[ Conservation International ]

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An acre of rainforest contains up to 86 different species of tree, with the amphibians, birds, insects and mammals that depend on them. 

Forests are our respite. Our places of peace. Our natural air filters. Our water factories. Our medicine cabinets. We literally can’t live without them.  Despite their immense value, nearly half of the world’s forests have been lost. What’s worse, we’re cutting them down at greater rates each year to plant crops, graze cattle and generate income from timber and other forest products. 

No matter where you live, forests make your life possible. When a forest is lost anywhere, people feel it everywhere.

Conservation International’s Mission:

Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, Conservation International (CI) empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.

CI’s solutions:

For nearly three decades, CI has worked to ensure the world’s most important forests are protected for future generations. That work has helped to place nearly 40 million hectares (nearly 99 million acres) of forests under protection.

CI has been working to make the sustainable use of forests the foundation of healthy societies around the world. They’re carrying out science that’s helping to better understand forests’ value, and they’re working with local communities to test new ways of conservation that provide more benefits to people.

Find out more about Conservation International and how you can help create a healthier, more prosperous, more productive planet at http://www.conservation.org/what/pages/forests.aspx

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[ Get outside on Saturday and celebrate our planet! ]

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In honor of Earth Day on Saturday, click here to check out a few eco-friendly tips to help you take care of our planet! 

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[ Before you eat… ]

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Keep Your Family Safe from MercuryKeep your Family and Water Safe from Mercury

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[ Friends of the Earth ]

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Friends of the Earth is an international  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 their 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.”

For more info visit http://www.foei.org/

 

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[ The Global Environment Facility ]

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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.

Achievements

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

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[ Solve Ant Problems without Toxic Pesticides ]

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There’s usually a better way than poison spray to solve your pest problem. Choose less toxic products and methods for effective pest control that protects people, pets, and your neighborhood from harmful chemicals. Find product lists and free fact sheets at MyWatershedWatch.org

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[ Polar Bears International ]

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Polar Bears International is made up of volunteers and scientists working together to inform about the plight of the polar bears and the environment they live in.

Information from their website – http://polarbearsinternational.org/ 

Vision
We envision the long-term survival of polar bears and the unique part of the world they call home. We see this iconic species roaming the sea ice for generations to come.

Mission
Our mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. Through media, science, and advocacy, we work to inspire people to care about the Arctic, the threats to its future, and the connection between this remote region and our global climate.

Strategic Objectives

  • Serve as the global resource for information regarding polar bears and their habitat.
  • Be the leading voice on climate warming impacts to polar bears and their Arctic home while actively seeking solutions through education, advocacy, and action.
  • Conduct, support, and share scientific research that informs polar bear conservation.
  • Educate an international audience about polar bears conservation and provide mentorship for the actions that will help ensure their survival.
  • Proactively and effectively communicate science-based information on polar bears and their conservation.
  • Maintain transparency in fiscal management and sound business policies and practices.
  • Follow best environmental practices as an organization, including minimizing our greenhouse gas footprint.
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